Experience Sonos with Friends and Unleash Podcasts

Posted on December 21st, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Tips & Tricks, Worldwide

Earlier this month, we announced that you can now stream your iTunes music and podcasts to Sonos straight from your iPhone®. And while you still may be getting used to just how astounding this seamless HiFi portability is, we didn’t stop there. Here are a few more things you can do with your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®:

Be a Guest DJ – Armed with just your iPhone®, you can DJ a friend’s Sonos system. Likewise, your friends can use their iPhones® to feed your Sonos system by simply connecting to the wireless router, downloading and setting up the Sonos Controller app and selecting “This iPhone”. Here’s your opportunity to bring themed parties to the next level.

Easy Access to Podcasts – The podcasts you love are no longer earbud-dependent. Air your favorites in deep, richly textured HiFi sound by downloading the free Podcasts app at the Apple® store, visiting iTunes® and subscribing to podcasts, opening the Sonos app, and selecting “This iPhone”.

No wires. No complex programming. And now, no computers. Bam. You just got one step closer to listening nirvana.

Posted on December 21st, 2012 by Sonos Staff in Tips & Tricks, Worldwide

  • Alexander Arbit

    Will Android phones be getting similar functionality in the future?

  • J B

    Can’t wait to see the ability for Android phones and laptops to stream audio output to Sonos!

  • Nik

    I for one am less than impressed by these features. Sonos already allows playing music from Itunes including podcasts. Come on Sonos, you can do better! Add Google Music compatibility. Or let me say the name of a song in the app and it instantly starts playing. Or even add a multiple player “guess the song game”. Look forward to when you really show off.

    • zog

      Have you ever tried working with Google or Apple ? It’s not Sonos fault that’s for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pebbles.bayliss Pebbles Bayliss

    How about this Android phone?

  • Yann Le Helloco

    Can I play something on youtube on my iPhone and have it play on Sonos? That does not seem to work. The only way is to use the Dock but that thing does not work well; the sound keeps being interrupted.

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team


      I would suggest contacting our support team to troubleshoot the dropouts from the DOCK as that is not normal behavior. You can find our contact information on the link below.


    • http://joshobrien.com/ Josh O’Brien

      Just get an Apple AirPort Express, and connect this to your Sonos, this will allow you to wirelessly Airplay from your iPhone/iPod to your Sonos system.

  • leshrac55

    Not sure if this was a fluke or a small bug, but if you ONLY have podcasts on your phone and don’t have any music, the “This iPhone” icon doesn’t seem to appear. I was not able to find it, but as soon as put a single song on it it appeared, and I was able to get to my podcasts from there.

    • Mike

      This is true. I had the same experience. Fix the bug please.

      • leshrac55

        I actually found another bug in that the podcasts don’t work exactly
        right either. While they will play, you cannot “scan” through them as
        you can music. For instance, if you started listening to a Podcast on
        your phone, then want to continue listening to it on the Sonos there is
        no way to skip to where you left off. In fact, the length of the podcast
        shows up as “0:00″, so there’s definitely something wrong with how
        Podcasts are being addressed.

        • http://sonos.com Sonos


          The podcasts will not show up if there is no music on the iDevice as podcasts are handled through the ‘Podcast’ app and not the ‘Music’ app.

          As far as not being able to skip forward with podcasts, I have not seen this myself but I will certainly take a look and see if I can reproduce that as well. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Thanks!

          • leshrac55

            Thanks for the response! Hopefully these issues can be resolved. I’m new to Sonos but my wife and I are loving them so far!

          • aim

            This is still an issue. Podcasts cannot be played from the point you left off at before connecting to your sonos system. If you are listening to a podcast on your phone or another device, it still skips back to 0:00 when run through your Sonos app.

  • nathaSPUIG123

    I just wish you and your little family has a very merry Christmas. Peace be in our hearts.


  • F8

    Listening to podcasts on the iPhone with instacast (vastly superior to apple’s App). I guess I would need to redownload them in the official App to listen to them on my sonos? While losing all play information? Please add airplay support to the already great feature list! This would solve this and any related problem!

  • MRQS

    Most of the album art in my library is larger than 250×250 and does not show up on the sonos controller. Could you please address this to allow for larger album cover art to be displayed correctly?

  • pegp

    Sonos is not recognizing new podcasts from my iPhone nor my computer. How do I resolve this?

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi, the podcasts should show up when you update your music library if they’re in the right location on your computer. If you’re having trouble we’re here to help. Give us a call and a technician will assist further http://www.sonos.com/contact. Thanks

  • Patrick

    How can I get a podcast to stream through sonos on a macbook air? iTunes does not seem to appear in the controller

  • Sue

    I listen to podcasts on my iPad but can’t seem to get them to play using this device, is there a way?

    • http://www.sonos.com/support Sonos Support Team

      Hi Sue,
      Podcasts will show up under “This iPad” within the Sonos controller app. We’ve seen that they can show up under ‘Genre’ or ‘Artist’, depending on how the podcast was tagged.
      If you’re running into issues with your podcasts or they still seem to be missing, I’d recommend you give us a call and we can take a look together. Here is our contact info: http://www.sonos.com/contact

  • John

    Sonos is expensive.
    Sonos uses and proprietary (not standards based or open) technology.
    Sonos has no bluetooth or NFC, so you can’t let your friends connect.
    Sonos forces you to play through their askew app; prevents many features from normal Sportify, Pandora, etc. You can’t play your playlist directly from you connected device.
    Sonos does not do stereo, but only offers simulated stereo.
    Sonos has bad build quality.
    Sonos has only average sound.
    Sonos does not offer a rechargeable battery, you need to wire each speaker to power.
    Sonos has no aux input, so no way to have sound for youtube,, movies, games, etc
    Sonos needs the internet connection all the time. How restrictive is that!
    Sonos: yesterday’s technology at tomorrow’s prices.

    No thanks.
    There are much better systems available at a fraction of the cost. E.g. Look
    at the Samsung multi-room for example. And do not look at the Bose; that is atrocious.

    • Josh

      Hey John, get the hell off the Sonos website if you hate their products so much. Nobody cares For your opinion. Go buy the Samsung product if that’s what you want, but those who know better will go Sonos for a truely seamless multi room system.

      • John

        Well well, what do we have here?

        You are assuming that I do not have a Sonos.
        You are assuming that I hate Sonos.
        You are assuming I want a Samsung product.
        You are assuming that you do not care about my facts (not opinion), yet your commented.
        In fact, you offered:
        i) Slander: ‘When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.’ – Socrates.
        ii) Pretending to know my beliefs when I have not stated them.
        iii) Broken English
        iv) Assertion fallacies
        v) Confirmation biased.

        >>>>>Nobody cares For your opinion
        Correctly: Nobody cares about your opinion.
        WOW, no wonder you claim Sonos is what you want. Ironically, you do not need it. Duh.

        >>> >>>>those who know better will go Sonos for a truely seamless multi room system.
        That is an assertion fallacy. Do you know what that is?
        It is truly, not truely.

        Well done Josh. You lined your slander, wishful thinking, broken English and an assertion fallacy with your confirmation biased. Are you proud of your museum of mistakes?

        You should rather address the objective facts (my content); don’t attack not me. Do you understand the difference?

        • Josh

          This is why nobody likes you

          • John

            ‘When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.’ – Socrates.