HomePod Home Pod is the new Newton.

ThatGuyInLa

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The Apple Home Pod is their new Apple Newton. As a speaker, it's amazing. As a device for what it is supposed to do, it's a gigantic fail.

Still, my playlists won't play. Oh sure Siri says she's playing them. Yet there is only silence. "Hey Siri, what's playing?" [Sorry, nothing is playing right now]

I won't even get in to how she pales in comparison to Alexa for non music things. I just wanted a damn jukebox that would listen to me. I can't even get that!

Do all the steps Apple support says to do to get Home Pod working, and now you get Siri playing all playlists that "sound" like your playlists. Not your actual playlists.
 

TiggrToo

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Many are still waiting on Apple's promised improvements to Siri. She has some serious catching up to do and mean while the others and moving ahead.
Sadly this may be another of those times where the first release has to hit it out the ballpark. Already Apple have lost a lot of folk because they couldn't get it released for the all important holiday season, and now, when it does get released it feels half-baked for many of us.

Apple's Newton? Perhaps a better comparison would be Apple's HiFi Speaker (and, full disclosure, we still got our HiFi Speaker!)
 
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bbednarz

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Could Siri do more? Yeah. I am enjoying mine though. I have mine in my kitchen so whenever I am making food, cleaning, or doing dishes I will either have a podcast or music playing. For smart home automation Siri is more responsive and quicker to perform the command. I think Siri also sounds more natural, but that may be because I am comparing it to the $30 dot's. One place where I think Siri truly excels is her ability to hear me. I can talk at a normal volume with music playing loudly and she picks it up. Even from across the house when I think my watch or phone will pick up a smart home command the HomePod usually takes over and handles it. Overall I am pretty happy with mine and plan to purchase another at some point for the bedroom. I wish they would make a smaller version more in like with the Sonos One price of $199.

As far as it being a dud, I don't think that is really true. I don't believe Apple envisioned this as being a gigantic seller.
 
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ipedro

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The Apple Home Pod is their new Apple Newton. As a speaker, it's amazing. As a device for what it is supposed to do, it's a gigantic fail.

Still, my playlists won't play. Oh sure Siri says she's playing them. Yet there is only silence. "Hey Siri, what's playing?" [Sorry, nothing is playing right now]

I won't even get in to how she pales in comparison to Alexa for non music things. I just wanted a damn jukebox that would listen to me. I can't even get that!

Do all the steps Apple support says to do to get Home Pod working, and now you get Siri playing all playlists that "sound" like your playlists. Not your actual playlists.
There’s something wrong with your setup. Mine works perfectly. HomePod is now my favourite way to listen to my music (including my playlists) and to discover new music. My HomePod understands all my commands from across the room — and from even around the corner 40ft away in a different room when I’m in the shower!

I’d suggest you restore to factory settings and go through the setup again. Also, check your network for dropouts. Are there special characters in your playlist names?
 
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ThatGuyInLa

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There’s something wrong with your setup. Mine works perfectly. HomePod is now my favourite way to listen to my music (including my playlists) and to discover new music. My HomePod understands all my commands from across the room — and from even around the corner 40ft away in a different room when I’m in the shower!

I’d suggest you restore to factory settings and go through the setup again. Also, check your network for dropouts. Are there special characters in your playlist names?
I've done all this. No, my playlists have normal names.
 

DarwinOSX

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The Apple Home Pod is their new Apple Newton. As a speaker, it's amazing. As a device for what it is supposed to do, it's a gigantic fail.

Still, my playlists won't play. Oh sure Siri says she's playing them. Yet there is only silence. "Hey Siri, what's playing?" [Sorry, nothing is playing right now]

I won't even get in to how she pales in comparison to Alexa for non music things. I just wanted a damn jukebox that would listen to me. I can't even get that!

Do all the steps Apple support says to do to get Home Pod working, and now you get Siri playing all playlists that "sound" like your playlists. Not your actual playlists.

You don’t know much about the Newton do you.
The HomePod has been out a few months.
 

TiggrToo

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Could Siri do more? Yeah. I am enjoying mine though. I have mine in my kitchen so whenever I am making food, cleaning, or doing dishes I will either have a podcast or music playing. For smart home automation Siri is more responsive and quicker to perform the command. I think Siri also sounds more natural, but that may be because I am comparing it to the $30 dot's. One place where I think Siri truly excels is her ability to hear me. I can talk at a normal volume with music playing loudly and she picks it up. Even from across the house when I think my watch or phone will pick up a smart home command the HomePod usually takes over and handles it. Overall I am pretty happy with mine and plan to purchase another at some point for the bedroom. I wish they would make a smaller version more in like with the Sonos One price of $199.

As far as it being a dud, I don't think that is really true. I don't believe Apple envisioned this as being a gigantic seller.
I believe that may be coming soon if the rumors are true...
 

Endorphine88

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Both my HomePods perform absolutely fine and play any playlist I ask them to (and some of them have some pretty specific and challenging names). I'm sorry your experience hasn't been stellar.
 
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