Apple Confirms HomePod's Supported Audio Sources in Tech Specs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today updated its HomePod tech specs page with a new Audio Sources section that lists all of the ways in which the speaker can stream audio, setting the record straight on some conflicting information.


    o Apple Music: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any of over 45 million songs available on Apple Music. A subscription is required.

    o iTunes Music: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any songs, albums, or audiobooks purchased from the iTunes Store.

    o iCloud Music Library: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any songs uploaded to a user's iCloud Music Library, including songs imported from other sources such as CDs, with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription.

    o Beats 1: HomePod users can ask Siri to play Apple's official radio station.

    o Podcasts: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any podcast episodes from the iTunes podcast directory.

    o AirPlay: HomePod users can use AirPlay to play other audio from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac. AirPlay 2, coming later this year, is only required to stream audio from these sources to multiple HomePods.
    Earlier this week, iMore's Serenity Caldwell put together a useful breakdown with more detailed information about how the HomePod works with Apple Music, iTunes Match, iCloud Music Library, AirPlay, and more.

    HomePod orders began last week ahead of the speaker's official launch on February 9 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

    Article Link: Apple Confirms HomePod's Supported Audio Sources in Tech Specs
  2. zea macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2014
    Sweet. Apple TV connectivity finally officially confirmed.
  3. citysnaps macrumors 68040

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Nice... Looking forward to picking up my ordered HomePod.
  4. Jbusick7944 macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2008
    So riddle me this please. Is there a way to make this a "soundbar" i.e. play Comcast, PS4 through it too? I don't think so? I wish they would have added a couple opticals, this could take on some AV applications. Apple seems to have not been targeting that market. Maybe in a couple years, they will release "HomeBar" or "MoviePod" or something.
  5. MysteryMii215 macrumors regular


    Jan 10, 2016
    NYC area
    Sucks that there's no Bluetooth audio support, but I think they might add that in the future.
  6. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
  7. KidAKidB macrumors regular


    Oct 1, 2014
    So that it remains anti-competitive and forces users to stay within the Apple ecosystem. (That way you can't use it with an Android device or something)
  8. Raketemensch macrumors member


    May 17, 2013
    ...or Spotify without doing it through a phone/tablet.

    Valiant effort, Apple, but it won't be appearing in my home anytime soon. Voice control of Spotify would sell me, but bleh.
  9. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    About what we were expecting really.

    I did notice in the article linked above that it suggests that you can change the apple ID associated with the HomePod "at any time in the Home app". It will be interesting to see how easy that is.

    If it requires the password to be entered every time then that isn't too easy, but maybe you will be able to just claim use of the HomePod in the Home app on your phone, using FaceID or TouchID. That would be useful in houses with multiple Apple ID's
  10. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    Airplay works, thats perfect. So I will get one once available in my country. :)
  11. frozen220 macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Wait a minute, so when my friends come over with a non-Apple device they can't connect via Bluetooth? WTF????
  12. Madmic23 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2004
    Because if you're having a party, no one wants the music to stop when you get a phone call.

    Sonos speakers don't support Bluetooth audio either.
  13. Drogba11 macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2018
    No Spotify or Bluetooth connectivity, NO DEAL
  14. MacLawyer macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2009
    What is Apple's official radio station? Is it HomePod only?
  15. itsmilo macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2016
    Edit: shouldn’t Spotify work through Airplay or has that been replaced in favor of Spotify Connect?
  16. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    That is a silly excuse. I guarantee that is not their thinking. If it supported Bluetooth, than an Android device could use it. That is, more than likely, the reasoning.

    Sonos doesn't support bluetooth, but it supports Android, iOS, Mac, they don't need to.

    Apple is great, but lets not make silly excuses to defend them.
  17. Katopaul05 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2015
    It has Bluetooth 5.0... it’s yet to be seen if you can use it for audio. I would think so
  18. Zeke92 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2018
    You can play Spotify via AirPlay!
  19. citysnaps macrumors 68040

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Probably not ready yet. Likely coming.
  20. cansuds macrumors regular


    Jan 19, 2018
    I don't pre-order a product I don't know exactly! also no sound inputs :)
  21. essential macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2008
    This confuses me about AirPlay vs. AirPlay 2 if anyone can clarify. I have multiple AirPlay speakers, and with iTunes I was already able to stream to at least three of them at the same time (I've never tried more). AirPlay 2 seems to tout multi-room audio, but couldn't AirPlay already do that?
  22. radiologyman, Feb 1, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2018

    radiologyman macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2011
    I have lot of music in iTunes that Apple match will not have. Will it play through AirPlay? Also I have 4K Apple TV that plays movies from my network shared drive, will I be able to airplay sound to the speaker?
  23. Wiencon macrumors newbie


    Jun 17, 2016
    That's BS reason, of course it's because they don't want anyone outside Apple's ecosystem to use this
    This Apple's strategy made me get rid of every Apple product except for MBP, it's the only one that I don't have to worry about not being compatible with other devices
  24. citysnaps macrumors 68040

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Really. So Apple's strategy is to not sell as many HomePods as possible?
  25. Zeke92 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2018
    Yes, but only on the Mac. AirPlay 2 is for multi room playback on iOS

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