Deals: OWC Discounts HomePod to $189.88 ($110 Off)

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MacSales is discounting Apple's HomePod to $189.88, down from the retail price of $299.00. This is for a brand-new HomePod (White), but there are caveats to the sale: the HomePod will come in "Bulk (Non-Retail) Packaging," which essentially means you won't be getting Apple's typical HomePod box, but instead a plain, nondescript box.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with OWC. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

MacSales includes a 1 Year OWC-fulfilled limited warranty with the HomePod, so you won't receive a warranty directly from Apple. That being said, MacSales is a trusted Apple reseller with a solid reputation so those who missed out on the holiday HomePod deals should visit OWC's website before the offer expires.

Once it's been added to your cart, you'll see the OWC instant rebate of $30 appear on the HomePod at the checkout screen. The Space Gray version is available for $194.88 as well.

Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

Article Link: Deals: OWC Discounts HomePod to $189.88 ($110 Off)
 

jbpiv3

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May 1, 2019
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Love both of mine. What’s holding me back from buying two more? The fact that each HomePod is considered two unique devices on my Apple Music account. I’m maxed out on devices already. There is no reason multiple HomePods tied to the same WiFi network cannot be seen as one device. Until then... I’ll wait.
 

gcmexico

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Dec 22, 2007
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Love both of mine. What’s holding me back from buying two more? The fact that each HomePod is considered two unique devices on my Apple Music account. I’m maxed out on devices already. There is no reason multiple HomePods tied to the same WiFi network cannot be seen as one device. Until then... I’ll wait.
they can be seen as one device...you have to group them...if that is what you are referring to.....I 4 homepods, I have grouped 2 of them together, and it appears as 1 device in homekit and music app...is that what you mean? don’t know if you can group more than 2...but like I have said I grouped 2 and when I tell music app to play off that single speaker music comes out of both...if you hold down homepod icon in homekit, under settings there is a group option, click on that and it shows the rest of your homepods you can group with...I don’t do that anymore because it see the two as one and only 1 will respond to siri going forward, something annoyed me about the group feature don’t really remember though, so I don’t use it anymore
 
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jbpiv3

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May 1, 2019
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they can be seen as one device...you have to group them...if that is what you are referring to.....I 4 homepods, I have grouped 2 of them together, and it appears as 1 device in homekit and music app...is that what you mean? don’t know if you can group more than 2...but like I have said I grouped 2 and when I tell music app to play off that single speaker music comes out of both...if you hold down homepod icon in homekit, under settings there is a group option, click on that and it shows the rest of your homepods you can group with...I don’t do that anymore because it see the two as one and only 1 will respond to siri going forward, something annoyed me about the group feature don’t really remember though, so I don’t use it anymore
They are in two separate rooms. I have one in my living room, one in my bedroom, and the other two new ones would be put in two separate bedrooms. I like the freedom to lisrwn to my music in the bedroom while the wife is listening to hers downstairs.
 

adm58

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Aug 20, 2007
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The fact that each HomePod is considered two unique devices on my Apple Music account. I’m maxed out on devices already.
I don't think this is correct. None of my HomePods show up in my list of authorized devices. See this:

 

Alan Wynn

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Sep 13, 2017
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That is odd, as I have 7 HomePods groups (8 HomePods with one being a stereo pair) and I have had different music streaming on all of them as well as on my iPhone with no problem.
 

jbpiv3

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May 1, 2019
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That is odd, as I have 7 HomePods groups (8 HomePods with one being a stereo pair) and I have had different music streaming on all of them as well as on my iPhone with no problem.
Wish I could! I have 3 phones on my family plan, a Sonos (which a HomePod would replace) and two current homepods. When I got my iPad Pro a few months ago, one by one each device was booted off Apple Music because I was at 7 devices. This stopped once I finally stopped logging in my iPad and just don’t use Apple Music on it.
 

macduke

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Jun 27, 2007
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Probably trying to offload the warehouses full of them ahead of a refresh since they don’t sell well. I’d get one for $149, but at this point it seems likely there will be cheaper ones coming and they will probably have line input if they follow the trend of recent Apple products becoming more functional. Heck, I’d get a new one at $299 if they added line-in since it has multiple user accounts now. It would finally seem useful. It just took them so long to get the software there and the price down.
 

Applebot1

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Jan 4, 2014
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Great sound. Would recommended buying one for this alone. Siri is just a bonus and not a reason to buy it.
 

sodajerk2

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MacSales is discounting Apple's HomePod to $189.88, down from the retail price of $299.00. This is for a brand-new HomePod (White), but there are caveats to the sale: the HomePod will come in "Bulk (Non-Retail) Packaging," which essentially means you won't be getting Apple's typical HomePod box, but instead a plain, nondescript box.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with OWC. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

MacSales includes a 1 Year OWC-fulfilled limited warranty with the HomePod, so you won't receive a warranty directly from Apple. That being said, MacSales is a trusted Apple reseller with a solid reputation so those who missed out on the holiday HomePod deals should visit OWC's website before the offer expires.

Once it's been added to your cart, you'll see the OWC instant rebate of $30 appear on the HomePod at the checkout screen. The Space Gray version is available for $194.88 as well.

Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

Article Link: Deals: OWC Discounts HomePod to $189.88 ($110 Off)
Best Buy was selling these for $199 through the Holiday shopping season. Looks like Apple is clearing out the inventory channels to get ready to introduce a replacement.
 

ZipZap

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Dec 14, 2007
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Be sure these OWC HomePods come with Apple warranty. I don't think they do.
 

jimbobb24

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Jun 6, 2005
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I’ll start buying when they hit $99
I was just at Best Buy looking through all the speakers. $199 is the normal price for this type of high end smart speaker.
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Apple has since changed the policy.
See here ...
This stinks. I bought one but only use it to play music from my Apple TV. Disappointing if that is double counting.
 

russell_314

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Feb 10, 2019
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If it’s in bulk packaging it’s most likely refurbished rather than new. It’s still not a bad deal
 

unplugme71

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May 20, 2011
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These put out great sound, and I would buy one *if* it only had a line in port to attach to the TV, turntable preamp, etc.
buy a new TV with airplay2/HomeKit support - Apple
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If it’s in bulk packaging it’s most likely refurbished rather than new. It’s still not a bad deal
This is what concerned me - or possibly not good enough for regular packaging (ie scuffs)?