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

27 Responses to “Experience Sonos with Friends and Unleash Podcasts”

NikDecember 21st, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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.

Yann Le HellocoDecember 23rd, 2012 at 9:30 am

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.

leshrac55December 27th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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.

leshrac55January 5th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

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.

SonosJanuary 7th, 2013 at 2:03 pm


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!

leshrac55January 7th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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!

F8January 19th, 2013 at 10:52 am

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!

MRQSJanuary 21st, 2013 at 7:35 pm

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?

aimFebruary 6th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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.

PatrickOctober 25th, 2014 at 10:16 am

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

Sonos Support TeamNovember 20th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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

JohnJanuary 5th, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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.

JoshJanuary 5th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

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.

JohnJanuary 5th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

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?

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