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Umm, I did say that an option was to play music off your computer or NAS (your library), which would avoid any iPhone locking issue and any music service fees. That may not be an acceptable alternative for you for whatever reason you may have, but it's an option for anyone who's running into this issue.
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Having the same issue on iPhone 8 Plus. A short time after locking my iPhone screen, the Sonos skips tracks. Sonos have totally screwed over existing customers with their implementation of airplay 2 and the loss of lock screen controls for the rest of us
I have the exact same issue on my Samsung Galaxy S8. If I keep the phone unlocked there is no skipping, but if it locks then it skips to the next song when there is about 10 - 15 seconds left in the current song. I don't understand why Sonos can't just test this to find the issue; it isn't that difficult to replicate.
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We’re experiencing this same exact issue which seems to have gotten worse after Sonos released the update with AirPlay 2 support when we also lost our iOS lock screen controls.

In our home we have:
-Two Sonos Play 1s
-iPhone SE iOS 11.4.1 with music from local device
-Apple TV and Denon AV Receiver both with AirPlay 1 enabled

When using Sonos with music on the iPhone SE songs will play for a bit and skip early to the next track in the playlist. It’s possible that it happens when the iPhone auto locks. It does not appear to happen when you manually lock the phone. On the iPhone the screen is set to auto lock after 5 minutes, with password required immediately at lock, and background refresh is set to off for all apps on this iPhone.

This same iPhone is able to stream the same playlist via AirPlay to our Denon AV Receiver while locked with no skipping. This confirms that it’s not an issue with the phone’s WiFi connection.

Diagnostics confirmation # 366485044
Guys, why don't you go for a plain solution.


Adding and updating your music library

Using a NAS drive with Sonos
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Guys, why don't you go for a plain solution.


Adding and updating your music library

Using a NAS drive with Sonos


My wife wants to use the music playlist that she maintains on her iPhone which would not be stored/maintained on a desktop or NAS device. We don’t leave our desktop PC powered on all the time.
My wife wants to use the music playlist that she maintains on her iPhone which would not be stored/maintained on a desktop or NAS device. We don’t leave our desktop PC powered on all the time.
Do you have an Apple Music subscription?
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My wife wants to use the music playlist that she maintains on her iPhone which would not be stored/maintained on a desktop or NAS device. We don’t leave our desktop PC powered on all the time.
Do you have an Apple Music subscription?


I do have an Apple Music subscription and I don't have any skipping issues when playing music from the Apple Music subscription since Sonos streams the audio direct from the Apple Music cloud service.

My wife does not have an Apple Music subscription so she has Sonos setup to play music direct from her phone's media library. This is a Sonos feature which is not working and Sonos should fix it.
With Apple Music Family she could upload her music to iCloud and make use of the iCloud Music Library. Works fine on Sonos.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204926
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Hi everyone,

We've just released version 9.1 which has a few bug fixes, including one which should help with iOS device streaming issues. Please update your systems and test out iOS streaming. If any audio dropouts continue, please see our guide to troubleshooting audio drops and reach out if that doesn't help.
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boto, Send Sonos a diagnostic and post the number here, without that Sonos can't do much.
how does one do that? I clicked on the link someone posted to email them and it went to a dead page. What number do you want posted here?
submit a system diagnostic
How I fixed the problem....

I was getting the skips when playing songs directly from my iPhone. Instead, I added Apple Music as a Music Service in the sonos iphone app. Go to More on the bottom right hand of the app (...), choose Apple Music, and log in to your apple music account.

If you do this, Sonos will play music directly from the cloud rather than your phone. It's likely that playing it from the phone is too much bandwidth for the sonos system to deal with, so they are blaming everyone for having network problems or to suggest they turn off their phone's security.

Obviously you need to be connected to the internet for this approach and you need to give your Apple log in information to Sonos. I think the reality is that Sonos is only really effective when directing cloud sourced music and that they just pretend you can play locally sourced music.

...It's likely that playing it from the phone is too much bandwidth for the sonos system to deal with...


I don't know what is your technical background but, please, don't write this kind of affirmation without doing proper research on Google. Streaming music requirer approx. 40k per second of data transfert! You can stream music with a tiny Raspberry Pi 😮 So no, streaming music doesn't required huge bandwidth and enormous cpu!

This is bad programming and bad Q/A job from Sonos period. Releasing product with such defect for a STREAMING PRODUCT is kind of disturbing.

Hopefully will get a fix soon so this episode will be just a bad dream.

Read my comment again. I never defended Sonos. Instead I explicitly criticized them for incorrectly blaming the local streaming problems on end users' networks. Bandwidth obviously is not a problem and I saw no reason for pointing that, but thanks for pointing out the obvious quite rudely.

Moreover, instead of whining about Sonos, which isn't going to change what they are doing because they clearly don't care, I offered a solution that will likely work for many people.

Just in case you continue to miss the point: Sonos expects most users will use cloud sourced sources. They supposedly support local streaming but clearly have a bug. Those who want to stream locally should look for another product. Those who have a choice can use the cloud. Get it?
[...] Hopefully will get a fix soon so this episode will be just a bad dream.
It's an energy savings thing on the iPhone. Set either your iPhone (any iOS device in fact) to never auto lock or (much better) set up a Sonos music library.
...Bandwidth obviously is not a problem and I saw no reason for pointing that, but thanks for pointing out the obvious quite rudely

Sorry but I didn't feel your irony vs your previous post and saying Sonos was not competent. It was not to be rude.

Anyway, your solution is not satisfying for a lot of people who are not willing to pay AGAIN for Apple Music account to streams my own music AGAIN.

It's an energy savings thing on the iPhone. Set either your iPhone (any iOS device in fact) to never auto lock or (much better) set up a Sonos music library.


??? Are you kidding? Nothing to do with energy saving at all. How come I can listen to music from the same iPhone all day long with my bluetooth headset? Phone lock, in my pocket! Draining the battery is one thing but stopping playing music or skipping song is another matter altogether!

This is a sonos software problem period.
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I think it's a little glib to propose switching to a NAS library, or disabling phone locking. My brief testing today indicates that there is a 100% reproducible issue with streaming from an iOS device (*). Either Sonos supports this feature or it doesn't. If it supports it, it should work.

(*) I tested streaming from my library on an iPhone 8 Plus, iOS 11.4.1, with Sonos 9.1. Once the phone was left idle, the stream would drop or skip ahead with error "Unable to play XXX - the connection to XXX iPhone was lost", after 2 to 5 minutes. I tried with power disconnected and connected. My Sonos installation is 100% solid with an all green connectivity matrix, and streams perfectly from other local (NAS) sources.
Connect the Lightning cable to your iOS device and see what happens while the device is charging. The stored music will happily stream without skipping, I bet.

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Connect the Lightning cable to your iOS device and see what happens while the device is charging. The stored music will happily stream without skipping, I bet.
I did test that, as I noted above: it didn't make a difference (which surprised me).
I'll test with iOS 12 shortly.
I did test that, as I noted above: it didn't make a difference (which surprised me).
I'll test with iOS 12 shortly.

Does the music skip if the iPhone is kept unlocked? Further, do you have any non-Sonos AirPlay devices on your network (e.g. Apple TV, Time Capsule or Airport Express/Extreme)?
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Hi everyone,

We've just released version 9.1 which has a few bug fixes, including one which should help with iOS device streaming issues. Please update your systems and test out iOS streaming. If any audio dropouts continue, please see our guide to troubleshooting audio drops and reach out if that doesn't help.

The update to version 9.1 has not solved this issue for me. Music on my iPhone will stop/skip when the iPhone is locked. Connecting to a music library (computer on the network) is not a good solution, because I don’t want to have that computer on all the time. Please help!


If the update did not help, please see this guide to troubleshooting audio interruptions. If you're still having issues after going through the guide, please reach out to our phone team who can take over from there. You can find our phone number and hours here.
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I did test that, as I noted above: it didn't make a difference (which surprised me).
I'll test with iOS 12 shortly.

Does the music skip if the iPhone is kept unlocked? Further, do you have any non-Sonos AirPlay devices on your network (e.g. Apple TV, Time Capsule or Airport Express/Extreme)?

Yes, the music skips if the phone is unlocked -- as long as it's allowed to become idle (blank screen).

Yes, I have a couple of non-Sonos AirPlay devices, as well as running AirConnect (https://github.com/philippe44/AirConnect/blob/master/bin/airupnp-arm) on one of my server systems, to allow AirPlay access to all of my Sonos devices. All are working fine. However, I don't see how AirPlay interacts with this issue.

The issue is still present with iOS 12.
Yes, the music skips if the phone is unlocked -- as long as it's allowed to become idle (blank screen).
The device should be set to never auto lock.


Yes, I have a couple of non-Sonos AirPlay devices, as well as running AirConnect (https://github.com/philippe44/AirConnect/blob/master/bin/airupnp-arm) on one of my server systems, to allow AirPlay access to all of my Sonos devices. All are working fine. However, I don't see how AirPlay interacts with this issue.
The issue is still present with iOS 12.

There's an issue related to music stored on an iOS device; should have been resolved with v9.1.

Hi everyone. Songs cutting out is a fairly generic symptom, however, there is a specific issue that we're looking into where streaming from iOS device's storage (using "On this iPhone/iPad") runs into issues with non-Sonos AirPlay devices. You can change your iOS settings such that your devices do not auto lock, which would prevent this issue. To do so, head into the settings app and go to Display & Brightness, then set auto lock to never. Also, you can try disabling AirPlay on any non-Sonos devices on your network, as this can also prevent the issue from coming up.

https://en.community.sonos.com/troubleshooting-228999/my-sonos-keeps-cutting-off-songs-before-the-end-6810174/index1.html#post16257424