HomePod HomePod and online FM radio stations

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by mlody, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    I am evaluating HomePod vs Sonos One and one thing that I cant figure out how to do on Homepod is to listen to online FM stations. On Sonos, I am able to do so via their app, but on Homepod I am not finding a similar option in Music App.

    Does anyone have any idea how to do that on HomePod?
     
  2. dmrowley macrumors 6502

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    You can Airplay to it via apps like TuneIn Radio...
     
  3. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    You can also expose internet stations on Mac iTunes and then choose your Pods... doing it right now, so it does work.

    But I don't think you can ask Siri to play online FM stations directly, and I haven't tried to expose online radio on iOS devices...
     
  4. gigaguy, Nov 27, 2018
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    gigaguy macrumors 65816

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    1. iTunes radio stations except Beats1 require Apple Music subscription ( I don't subscribe)
    2. Internet radio websites from Mac will only play 1 Homepod, (I use 2 stereo Homepods)
    3. I think most audio sources from iOS device (internet radio etc.) will play to stereo Homepods.
    2. Only stereo Homepod audio from a Mac is iTunes library music. No other sources can do stereo from Mac to Homepod, ugh.
     
  5. mlody thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately, I would like a solution that will play radio throughout a day without relaying on airplay streaming because I do not want to tie such capabilities to a specific mobile device. Since I am not %100 sold on Apple Music (I am using 6 months trial via Verizon), I might actually stick with Sonos for time being.
     
  6. gigaguy macrumors 65816

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    Internet audio/radio sites will play from Mac to 1 Homepod. I don't even know if Homepod works with PC..
     
  7. idrewuk macrumors regular

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    I am desperate for Apple to add native radio support to HomePod. It's the one thing holding me back from getting more of them at home and completely replacing Sonos.

    I want to be able to select or say a radio station, play it independently of any other iOS device; I also want to be able to have it as an alarm (so, a particular radio station comes on at 7am for example) and, set a sleep/off timer — keep playing it for XX minutes and then it stops.

    Surely this should be a given for an amazing audio device like this? At the minute have to rely on workarounds like the radio shorties app which isn't ideal. Anyone else?
     
  8. mlody thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    After messing around with the HomePod, I decided to return it. It didnt do anything useful to me that i havent had covered by other devices, so it went back. Will wait for 2nd or 3rd gen to take a look again.
     

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