Also, with respect to my comment that I enjoy the benefits of iTunes . . .Enjoy the benefits of iTunes??? Not too many people state that. But I mention the newest Sonos speaker... you are not interested in that? I’m honestly curious.
We are all Apple fans here, we prefer having a seamless ecosystem with Apple devices. But I’ve picked up the Libratone Zipps.. since they announced support for AirPlay 2 and Sonos has said the same.
So far, I have the Apple TV on the public beta with AirPlay 2 support.. my Apple TV is plugged into a Denon receiver attached with 5 speakers. And I’m anxiously waiting until when Libratone pushes support for AirPlay 2. I’m super geeked about it.
Now, I can’t speak on the comparison of HomePod and the newest Sonos speaker. But seems odd not to give both consideration.
I look at it this way. I have a collection of a couple of thousand CDs, and several years ago I decided to begin using iTunes to have them all available and easily accessible on my computer and to play at home. It's quite enjoyable to be able to open iTunes and have everything at your fingertips, including being able to search through the music easily to find something, keep track of how often you've listened to specific tracks and what you haven't listened to so much, and so forth.
There have been a few times when I've thought about checking out other similar software to archive and manage my music, but iTunes works fine for me. And when new products come out, such as this new HomePod, I'll benefit from the integration (hopefully).