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Marc1234

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I’m looking at purchasing the original HomePod but is it destined to stop working or could it still last a few more years.
I know it can’t be purchased new so AppleCare is not available but are there components inside the hardware that are unreliable?
 

Itinj24

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I’m looking at purchasing the original HomePod but is it destined to stop working or could it still last a few more years.
I know it can’t be purchased new so AppleCare is not available but are there components inside the hardware that are unreliable?
It’s hit or miss, really. Nobody knows when or if their HomePod is going to vomit on itself. It happens out of the blue.

Out of curiosity, what’s the asking price for the one you’re looking to purchase? For 100 bux, I’d roll the dice. For 200, I’d have to sleep on it for a few nights (this is the price I bought most of mine at brand new), but for MSRP or over, which is what I was seeing right after the discontinuation announcement, I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.

Also, you have to take into consideration why it’s being sold. Had it shown signs of failing to the seller, like the loud pops and farting sounds? I personally have nine of them and since they’re discontinued, I’m going to hold on to them for as long as possible. Excellent device when the crappy Apple software doesn’t get in the way.
 

Chris_VIE

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Nov 1, 2021
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just picked mine up (newly sealed and incl. the brown box // 2 years warranty from seller) ... 340€ - yeah - expensive but the sound quality is absolutly worth every cent ...

let's hope that mine is will stay error free ... Productiondate 2017-12-12 // sitting in Vienna / Austria and it's a US version because of the plug ...

if i get another one for under 300€ (new) i will definitly take it .. 2 of them and my neighbours will love me ?
 

pup

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I have sympathy for people who bought HomePods early on and are just trying to make the most out of it, but why anyone at this point would walk up to the dumpster fire that is HomePod, toss his money in and pluck out a flaming marshmallow is completely beyond me. I mean, just a casual glance at the topic list in this forum should be enough to scare any rational person away.

If you're going to spend that much money on a future headache, buy a really nice bottle of wine.
 
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Chris_VIE

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few years ago / release year it wasn't possible for me to spend that amount of money on them ..

i always had them on my wish list and now i just allowed me to make this possible .. the topic list is just a percentage of people in the world which has problems with it so i want to risk it.

Same with a car - some has problems with it/ some not ..

anyway - i'm happy with the purchase
 

James.K.Polk

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If you can find one with AppleCare+, I’d definitely snatch it up. I only have one unit (/4) with AC+, but I heard a single pop come out of it, and they sent an Express Replacement without a question. Nice to have the piece of mind.
 
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Itinj24

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If you can find one with AppleCare+, I’d definitely snatch it up. I only have one unit (/4) with AC+, but I heard a single pop come out of it, and they sent an Express Replacement without a question. Nice to have the piece of mind.
Smart move with the AC+.

In hindsight, I’d have purchased AC+ on all my HomePods but I don’t think it was unreasonable for us who didn’t to believe this premium speaker made by Apple would prematurely fail in droves, in such short time. I feel terrible for those who bought them at the original MSRP and failed. I have nine and most of mine were purchased at $199 when Best Buy had those sales. Three of my six were purchased at the secondary MSRP right after the announcement of the discontinuation. Prior to that, there were wide reports of premature failing during one of the HomePodOS 13 updates so I figured I was in the clear.

I generally purchase AC+ on my devices that see a lot of movement like my iPhone, AW and iPad. Never did I think a speaker that sits in one place for the entirety of its life, made by a premium tech company, that’s used occasionally for music, Siri requests or TV audio would require AC+.


Silly me lol.
 
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James.K.Polk

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Smart move with the AC+.

In hindsight, I’d have purchased AC+ on all my HomePods but I don’t think it was unreasonable for us who didn’t to believe this premium speaker made by Apple would prematurely fail in droves, in such short time. I feel terrible for those who bought them at the original MSRP and failed. I have nine and most of mine were purchased at $199 when Best Buy had those sales. Three of my six were purchased at the secondary MSRP right after the announcement of the discontinuation. Prior to that, there were wide reports of premature failing during one of the HomePodOS 13 updates so I figured I was in the clear.

I generally purchase AC+ on my devices that see a lot of movement like my iPhone, AW and iPad. Never did I think a speaker that sits in one place for the entirety of its life, made by a premium tech company, that’s used occasionally for music, Siri requests or TV audio would require AC+.


Silly me lol.
Oh, absolutely not. I would not have purchased it but for acquiring that HomePod in a trade… because I never buy it for any stationary devices! I really wish Apple would rollout some repair program…
 

Itinj24

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Oh, absolutely not. I would not have purchased it but for acquiring that HomePod in a trade… because I never buy it for any stationary devices! I really wish Apple would rollout some repair program…
A repair program would be very fair in this instance. They’ve done it with other devices when they admitted to screwing up. I think they want the OG to die a slow death and pretend it never existed in their portfolio lol. It’s amazing how every time there’s a software update, the reports of HomePods dying resurfaces.
 
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CPTmom2wp

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I have 5 and really wish that Apple would continue making them. I love the sound and have had absolutely no problems with the speakers other than SIRI occasionally randomly responding to something heard on another device or outside the house. The rare power outage in my area just requires me to unplug and replug the HP. I also have Philips HUE bulbs that I control throughout the house with the speakers and through the HOME app.
 
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ric22

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No. Don't buy them. The sound quality is great, but the software is a dumpster fire and Apple should be ashamed. The glitches and stutters and lag between a pair really spoils the audio experience. The HomePods also aren't compatible with MacOS so you can't even watch YouTube and play the audio on the HomePods. The only MacOS compatibility seams to be in certain apps. If they had an audio jack on the back you could at least plug them in and use them as computer speakers, but they don't. :(
 

ric22

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I have sympathy for people who bought HomePods early on and are just trying to make the most out of it, but why anyone at this point would walk up to the dumpster fire that is HomePod, toss his money in and pluck out a flaming marshmallow is completely beyond me. I mean, just a casual glance at the topic list in this forum should be enough to scare any rational person away.

If you're going to spend that much money on a future headache, buy a really nice bottle of wine.
It says something that two of us used that phrase (dumpster fire) in this thread.

Two friends of mine also have a pair of HomePods. I asked them if they **** up briefly at exactly 15 seconds on each track. They said no. I had them play a song for me- and it did the 15 second glitch. Some people aren't as observant of musical glitches as others, but now they know it's coming they can't miss it...
 
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