I have been the proud owner of a Sonos Play 5 and Sonos Connect for quite some time and I adore the quality of the sound that the Sonos Sound System reproduces.
Combined with my Sonos, I really like to use the Spotify music service and at a cost of £9.99 per month, I have been a Premium subscriber for a number of years, mainly so that I can stream music over my Sonos Sound System.
I used to be a subscriber to Last.FM which prior to April 2014, used to offer a service that gave the user the ability to select a particular Artist and stream music, not only from the selected artist but also from other similar artists, which was termed as “Artist Radio” and this was a great way to discover artists that you may never otherwise have known about. It was this feature that introduced me to some great artists like Theory of a Deadman, Saving Abel and Hinder to name but a few.
However, when Last.FM ceased the provision of this service in April 2014, and became just a scrobbling service, I cancelled my subscription and have missed the “Artist Radio” service ever since.
Now, Spotify have a similar service which is available within its Spotify Web and Smartphone apps, but for some strange reason has never been made available on their Spotify service for the Sonos, despite the fact that Sonos users have been asking for the ability to use Spotify’s radio service on their Sonos systems since as early as January 2013, they have, to date, failed to provide this service on Sonos.
Sonos have publicly stated that they are unable to implement this service themselves, it is something that must be done by Spotify.
There are of course a number of alternative services such as Napster, Deezer and recently Google Play, that all now offer the ability to create “Artist Radio” and have made this available to its Sonos users. OK, so although I am now able to use any of these alternative services to provide me with this facility on my Sonos System, I would prefer it if Spotify would implement this feature in their Sonos service.
Why do I feel this way?
Let me tell you WHY?
I have been a Premium Spotify member since January 2010 and at £9.99 per month, I consider that to be a substantial enough investment in Spotify to justify what I would consider, to be a minor coding change on their behalf to implement the Radio function within their Sonos service, and I am not alone, with the “Please add Spotify Radio Function to Sonos” idea having been posted in their “IDEAS” forum in January 2013, it has received the support of over 1700 other users, combined with a similar post called “Add Spotify Radio to Sonos” on the Sonos community forums that has also received upwards of 1100 likes. I know that many users have voted with their hard earned cash and moved their business away from Spotify, purely for the reason that Spotify lacks this Radio functionality on their Sonos Systems, and they have stated as much in replies to these posts, but Spotify are still NOT listening.
I too have now taken the decision to cancel my Premium subscription to Spotify and I am currently also voting with my cash and transferring my business to one of their competitors.
I would however like to give Spotify the chance to see the short sightedness of their failure to listen to their customers requests, and to this end I have started a petition calling for Spotify to “Implement the RADIO function for SONOS users of Spotify Premium” services on the Change.org website.
My biggest problem with this is raising the awareness of those people who are affected by this issue, and who wish to make a difference, by signing my petition. I have posted to both the Spotify and Sonos community forums and also started an active campaign on Twitter to raise awareness, but with a limited Twitter following this is also a difficult task, but I will persevere in the hope that I can get a reasonable number of people to sign the petition and then present this to Spotify, but until then my hard-earned cash will no longer assist in lining the pockets of the hard of hearing Spotify executives.