HomePod AirPlay HomePod question

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  1. Pagemakers macrumors 68020

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    Can somebody with a HomePod please confirm the following..

    AirPlay some music using from an iPad or iPhone to your HomePod.

    Pause or stop the music for 5 minutes then resume.

    Does the music continue to play through the HomePod or has AirPlay dropped the connection and the music now plays through the iPhone or iPad?
     
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    5 minutes resumes on the HP, 1 hour it drops the connection
     
  5. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmmm

    Currently I have an iPad connected permanently via BT to some speakers in my kitchen for a music system.

    The iPad never turns off and the BT connection never drops. Even after weeks.

    I was thinking of getting 2 HomePods but I don’t think AirPlay will remain permanently connected if I don’t play music for days on end.

    I don’t want to have to reconnect AirPlay each time I resume.
     
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    Jeesh, is pushing a couple of buttons on the iPad really that tedious to get it playing on the homepod again?
     
  7. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes if I have to do it after 30 minutes etc. Currently anybody in the house presses play and the music plays, even if nobody had played music for days.

    I’m not harassed every time somebody wants to play music and I have to tell them how to reconnect to AirPlay, so yes it is an issue for ME.

    That’s why I’m asking here. If it’s an issue I just stick with what I’ve got.
     
  8. cynics macrumors G4

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    What is your source of music? If it’s Apple Music you can do what you are looking for, the iPad would basically be a remote but the music will be going to the HomePod not through the iPad. My ipad stay connected even after closing and reopening the music app.
     
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    What’s definitely not ok in 2018 is to have to re-establish the connection to your smart speaker multiple times a week.
     
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    well there's your answer..........
     
  13. Pagemakers thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Works perfectly fine with BT.

    I’ve tried Apple Music. No thanks. I’ll pass.
     
  14. cynics macrumors G4

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    Unfortunately while AirPlay offers better quality (lossless compression), further range, and a lot of other features like video, screen mirroring, etc it does rely on wifi. iOS devices wifi radio enters a power save mode of some sort (WoWLAN basically) when the device sleeps for power conservation. If the AirPlay becomes inactive and device falls asleep the wifi will drop for the most part so when you wake it up the AirPlay connection will need to be reestablished.
     
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    Thank you for your comprehensive reply.

    I think I’ll just stick to my existing setup.

    Who knows one day Apple may enable BT on the HomePod.
     

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