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Any plans to add Voice Control for Qobuz, BBC Sounds or Spotify?


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Sonos Voice Control is excellent. It just works and does exactly what I need for my Apple Music account. I also listen to Qobuz, Spotify and BBC Sounds regularly - any idea if or when they might be added to Sonos Voice Control?

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Best answer by James L. 7 June 2022, 09:38

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Add in Sirius XM as well. 

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Add in Sirius XM as well. 

Please. Where are my manners, it won’t let me edit my own posts.

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Hey @sgoldswo and @Jeffrey_35,

 

We’re always looking to add new options to our products and services. More music services will follow in time but we have nothing to announce right now 🙂

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I would ask - please - for Spotify, Plex, local NAS library and SiriusXM as soon as you can.  Just installed the Sonos voice control, but alas it doesn’t work for me as none of the above are supported.

Asking it to “play music” as the tutorial suggests gives a response that I have to sign up for a music service first.  As you can see from above, I do and have.  Just not what’s currently supported.

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I'd like to be able to get "Hey sonos" to play Radio 1,for some reason it plays BBC Arabic.??

That does seem odd. Next time you do it, I’d submit a system diagnostic within 10 minutes and call Sonos Support to discuss it. That might give them some additional hard data to pass on to the engineers. 

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SiriusXM is likely last on the list, its object tree and SMAPI search results are a nightmare to try and match with speech intent. The only thing more painful would be the old Rhapsody API (may that RIP).

Spotify and local library are trivial.

Can’t speak to Qobuz, Plex or BBC Sounds, never tried to wire them to a speech engine.

I'd like to be able to get "Hey sonos" to play Radio 1,for some reason it plays BBC Arabic.??

Have the same thing - it’s because they moved to BBC Sounds as the default service for the main BBC radio stations but these aren’t currently supported by SVC. However, some BBC stations have remained on TuneIn, of which BBC Arabic is the first alphabetically. So, when you say “play BBC Radio 1” SVC interprets this as “play the first BBC station from TuneIn”. Weird and won’t be fixed until BBC Sounds is available through SVC I guess… 

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@James L.  it’s been a couple of months. Any update on Spotify integration with Sonos Voice?

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@James L.  it’s been a couple of months. Any update on Spotify integration with Sonos Voice?

Apologies for the late reply.

No, nothing to announce at this time.

We’ll be sure to let everyone know when Spotify is added to SVC 🙂 (FWIW, it’s a feature I’m eagerly waiting for too!)

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I'd like to be able to get "Hey sonos" to play Radio 1,for some reason it plays BBC Arabic.??

Being 45 I no longer have this problem* 😂 

BBC Sounds is the biggest miss for me with Sonos Voice; I could ditch Alexa if this was added (I’ve actually started using Alexa just to start the radio, and then using the Sonos app to switch it to Sounds on there when I get the chance, so I can see what’s playing if I hear something interesting.)

*I just tried to see what Sonos Voice would give me if I asked for BBC 6 Music and I got BBC Radio Cymru 2 (via Tune-in) -some extra Welsh listening practise for me there 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 

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Surely the addition of other languages would be the first thing Sonos works on……

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Surely the addition of other languages would be the first thing Sonos works on……

Those are very different bodies of work.

Supporting additional services is pretty straight-forward for most, at the technical level. (Legal issues may be more of a challenge). Anyone with a knowledge of SMAPI (which is likely about half of the Sonos engineering team) can do this work.

Voice recognition in foreign languages is a very different problem and depends entirely on the work of the company that Sonos acquired a few years ago, and how much work they have already done (or not) in this area.

If I was running things I would do both of these deliverables in parallel, they are entirely independent of each other.

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Of course it is, but this is also about investing in IT hours……

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