PSA: Cheap Amazon Echo Dot for Sonos owners
I hadn’t registered my account with Sonos apparently? I have now through the app and messaged them for a code but I think I’m being ignored.
If you don’t mind, I’d happily take your code please tenacious doug (and will pass mine on if Sonos pull their finger out).Posted 4 months ago
Roight, mine’s arrived. Before I unbox it, this spotify thing…is it only the free version that doesn’t work? I checked on the spotify website and it says it works with Alexa – but there is a line further down saying “You need Premium to listen to Spotify with Alexa.”[i] So what’s the story?Posted 4 months agodocrobsterMember
Set mine up today. I’m not using it with Sonos, rather as a way to use Spotify and tune in radio in the bedroom, as an alarm clock etc. Happy to keep using the Sonos app or controller or even Spotify connect to control the Sonos components in the rest of the house.Posted 4 months ago
Spotify works fine using it as a stand alone speaker, or through an attached speaker. Only premium though, not the free version.
Had a bit of a problem setting Spotify as the default music service. The Alexa app wouldn’t do it but was able to using a web browser version of the app after some googling.
Also found out my little Bluetooth speaker is too old to pair with it (needs a 4 digit pin) so had to find an aux cord. Oh the horror.
Great bit of kit for £25
Quite a lot really!
I doubt I’d have bought one if it weren’t for this thread (and I have Sonos at home). Ordered yesterday, arrived today (love amazon) and with a bit of tinkering it’s now talking to my raspberry pi and switching lights and other stuff on and off around the house [without spending stupid money on wireless bulbs].
FanPosted 3 months ago
Sure.Posted 3 months ago
I already use a number of Pi’s with Energenie Pi-mote boards to wirelessly switch light and heaters on and off (simple bit of python code…. and I’m defo no programmer).
So I’ve now followed this bit of info http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-Raspberry-Pi-GPIO-Using-Amazon-Echo-Fauxmo/
to make the pi act like a WeMo device which Alexa can control natively.
All I did was change the Act function to run a script that switches the energenie stuff on and off.swdanMember
Yeah deezer doesn’t work, hope they sort it but if they don’t, well it’s only £25. Currently have mine in the kitchen as that’s probably where I’m most likely to want to do hands free stuff. Most useful thing today, setting several timers for the roast dinner, one for the chicken, one for the roast potatoes and one for veg. My 3 year old loves it (even if it doesn’t always recognise her voice yet)Posted 3 months agosiwhiteSubscriber
I’m rather pleased with our Dot that arrived the other day. Some highlights and tips;
– Sonos speakers can be grouped together, and in more than one group. Our kitchen speakers are in their own group, as well as being in the ‘downstairs’ group as well as the ‘everywhere’ group.Posted 3 months ago
– Lack of Spotify support is a bit annoying, but I’d imagine it’s arrive in due course.
– Timers and shopping lists are clever and genuinely useful.
– I imagined that Alexa’s voice would play through the Sonos speakers; not so, only through the Dot.
– I can see a couple more of these things appearing over the next few months, particularly a Spot when they are released in the UK… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SQYXTW/ref=fs_ods_rk
just been playing with it, early indications are that itll be totally useless to me 😀
its all set up, i dont particularly need it to work my hifi altho it probably wouldnt do that anyway, its flashing away at me but i cant think of a single thing to say to it right now! we dont have any wifi/nesty type things in the house and it doesnt do deezer either so cant use it with our portable bluetooth speaker, think its just useless to us.
ill wait for wife and kids to get in, see if they can find a use for it, if not im sort of torn between selling it on to sharky ^^^ or keeping it as its only £25 and it may get deezer eventually, but even if it did i just cant see where id use it over my hifi in the house.Posted 3 months ago
She’s decided she only recognises commands with an Oirish accent. 😆 Which isn’t going well with Mrs DD and dd.
Can’t understand why she can play Spotify herself and play stuff from music library or radio through Sonos but won’t play Spotify through Sonos. The Sonos support website does say they’re working on it though so it’ll arrive in due course.
It’ll do until Apple’s iHomeSpeakerPod arrives anyway. 😉Posted 3 months ago
how do i wipe it?
Do you need to? …. it seems that when set it up it will automatically adopt all the settings from my existing dot.
I guess you could remove any calendar or music accounts you’ve added.
Spotify is supported, you just need to authorise it on the Alexa App
I think that’s just from playing directly on the Echo/Dot…. not for playing on the Sonos. Happy to be corrected though.Posted 3 months agosadmadalanSubscriber
Spotify is supported
Correct – but it does not work if you connect your echo dot to your sonos. Even though it is the same account it does not work. You can start playing music from an app and the control it from your voice, but you can’t kick it off.
(I have been told that I can play spotify on my echo dot, but the sound is better through Sonos)Posted 3 months ago
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