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How to AirPlay Audio From Your Mac to HomePod

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To play music from third-party music services like Spotify to your HomePod, you don't need an iOS device -- a Mac will work too. You can send any audio playing on your Mac right to your HomePod, and not just audio from iTunes.

To AirPlay from Mac to HomePod, your Mac and your HomePod need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.


Make Sure Volume is Enabled in Menu Bar

It's easiest to AirPlay sound to the HomePod from a Mac using the menu bar on your Mac, but to do that, you need to make sure your audio settings are readily accessible. By default, audio settings aren't available on the menu bar, so you'll need to fix that.
  1. Open up System Preferences.
  2. Choose Sound.
  3. Select the "Output" tab.
  4. Check the "Show volume in menu bar" box.
While it's easiest to use the menu bar, you can actually AirPlay to the HomePod using the Sound section of System Preferences. To do so, double click on the HomePod, which should be named after the room that it's in.

Selecting HomePod as an Audio Output Device from the Menu Bar

Once sound controls are accessible from the menu bar, it's simple to route the sound from your Mac to the HomePod.
  1. Click on the volume button in the menu bar.
  2. Under the "Output Device" list, choose the HomePod, which is labeled as the room that it's in. Mine is Office 2, because I have two AirPlay devices in my office.
With the HomePod selected as the audio output device, all audio from your Mac will be sent to the HomePod. You can't pick and choose -- every sound from your Mac will be played on the HomePod instead of on your Mac's speakers.

When using the HomePod this way, as an external speaker for the Mac, there's no option to use Siri to do things like skip songs. tYou'll need to control playback on your Mac, but you can use the physical controls on the HomePod to adjust volume.

AirPlaying from iTunes

For the most part, you need to use the audio output settings to AirPlay music from a third-party service to the Mac, but if you're playing content from iTunes, you can use the built-in iTunes AirPlay controls.
  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Play a song from Apple Music or your music library.
  3. In iTunes, click on the
    icon.
  4. Select the HomePod icon.
Because you can play Apple Music and iCloud Music Library content directly on the HomePod, there's probably not much need to AirPlay from iTunes to the HomePod, but the option is there if you need it.

Article Link: How to AirPlay Audio From Your Mac to HomePod
 
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I bought a Sonos One today. Now I can play music from my phone, Mac and even my PC. The sound is phenomenal and it’s so good not worrying about having to deal with a dumb AI 99% of the time. I asked Alexa “how old was Kurt Cobain when he died?”. She replied with his age and even the cause of death. This was Siri’s response to the same question...
 

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keysofanxiety

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I bought a Sonos One today. Now I can play music from my phone, Mac and even my PC. The sound is phenomenal and it’s so good not worrying about having to deal with a dumb AI 99% of the time. I asked Alexa “how old was Kurt Cobain when he died?”. She replied with his age and even the cause of death. This was Siri’s response to the same question...

Sounds like Siri misheard you. I tried the first time and it came up with this.

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Not saying you’re a liar. Just saying it does pick up the right answer for this question, but on this occasion wasn’t picking up your speech correctly.
 
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FilipeTeixeira

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I bought a Sonos One today. Now I can play music from my phone, Mac and even my PC. The sound is phenomenal and it’s so good not worrying about having to deal with a dumb AI 99% of the time. I asked Alexa “how old was Kurt Cobain when he died?”. She replied with his age and even the cause of death. This was Siri’s response to the same question...

You just forgot to mention that you need a separate app to play music from all those devices. So no airplay for now.
 
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ChrisMoBro

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You just forgot to mention that you need a separate app to play music from all those devices. So no airplay for now.

"For now" is the key takeaway. Airplay 2 will be coming to Sonos. I'd much rather have the app, which is really nice on iOS, as opposed to being forced to using Siri as the primary method for playing music.
 
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So I read an article today that the homepod doesn't even have Bluetooth.. is this for real? You can only airplay to the device?
 
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zahuh

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Does this mean any sound, html 5 videos in safari, etc, play on the HomePod?
 
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I bought a Sonos One today. Now I can play music from my phone, Mac and even my PC. The sound is phenomenal and it’s so good not worrying about having to deal with a dumb AI 99% of the time. I asked Alexa “how old was Kurt Cobain when he died?”. She replied with his age and even the cause of death. This was Siri’s response to the same question...

Well not counting the fact that Siri didn’t understand you, here’s what Siri found for me when I asked about Kurt Cobain and his age at death:

She read the date and his age.
 

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loby

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Because you can play Apple Music and iCloud Music Library content directly on the HomePod, there's probably not much need to AirPlay from iTunes to the HomePod, but the option is there if you need it.

Article Link: How to AirPlay Audio From Your Mac to HomePod

Uh...not everyone wants to use iCloud or Apple Music, especially to play or store their music.

Airplay “is” a good feature “and” there “is” a need for this feature.
 
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"For now" is the key takeaway. Airplay 2 will be coming to Sonos. I'd much rather have the app, which is really nice on iOS, as opposed to being forced to using Siri as the primary method for playing music.

That's the problem. For now...
They didn't mention when will they implement it AND if there will be backward compatibility with Airplay (1st gen) for older devices. Don't forget that most macs don't support Airplay 2.

And don't take me wrong. I've been thinking of buying a SONOS one as well :D.
 
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ChrisMoBro

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That's the problem. For now...
They didn't mention when will they implement it AND if there will be backward compatibility with Airplay (1st gen) for older devices. Don't forget that most macs don't support Airplay 2.

And don't take me wrong. I've been thinking of buying a SONOS one as well :D.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www....4/sonos-airplay-2-support-apple-ios-siri-2018

“Unlike the original AirPlay, AirPlay 2 doesn't require special hardware anymore, but is entirely software-based, which allows for companies like Sonos to add support to their devices after the fact.” - go and order your Sonos One now
 
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“Unlike the original AirPlay, AirPlay 2 doesn't require special hardware anymore, but is entirely software-based, which allows for companies like Sonos to add support to their devices after the fact.”

Oh yes it does. It requires a fast processor, as for example MacBooks before 2012 are not supported. Same with some iOS devices.
 
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ChrisMoBro

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Oh yes it does. It requires a fast processor, as for example MacBooks before 2012 are not supported. Same with some iOS devices.
Obviously it’s not going to work on every computer/device but my response was about the Sonos One specifically
 
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joewop

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Is there a way to make it say "HomePod" and not "Office (2)" (like yours) or "Living Room (2)" (like mine)?

Yes, Use the Home app and you can change the name, and even create custom locations. I changed mine from Master Bedroom to Master Bedroom HomePod as I already have an AppleTV that is Master Bedroom. Didn't like Master Bedroom and Master Bedroom (2)
 
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Yes, Use the Home app and you can change the name, and even create custom locations. I changed mine from Master Bedroom to Master Bedroom HomePod as I already have an AppleTV that is Master Bedroom. Didn't like Master Bedroom and Master Bedroom (2)
HomePod is my only smart home accessory, so I call the room "HomePod."
 
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Uh...not everyone wants to use iCloud or Apple Music, especially to play or store their music.

Airplay “is” a good feature “and” there “is” a need for this feature.

So buy another speaker then. I don’t understand the problem.
And don’t say “but I want to buy a HomePod”
 
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netwalker

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So it could also be used with the free Logitech Music Server (server for Squeezebox players, available for many platforms) and the AirPlay bridge plugin just like any other receiver or speaker with Airplay support.
 
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mr.steevo

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Sounds like Siri misheard you. I tried the first time and it came up with this.

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Not saying you’re a liar. Just saying it does pick up the right answer for this question, but on this occasion wasn’t picking up your speech correctly.


For over a year I've been asking Siri how far away Kelnowa, BC is and it still can't figure it out. Google has no issues. Can you give it a try?
 
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keysofanxiety

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For over a year I've been asking Siri how far away Kelnowa, BC is and it still can't figure it out. Google has no issues. Can you give it a try?

Nailed it.

Who wants to go to Canada anyway? :p

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donguevas

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Oh yes it does. It requires a fast processor, as for example MacBooks before 2012 are not supported. Same with some iOS devices.

I work for Apple, Airplay support was released for most 2011 macs. Also the Iphone 4 supported Airplay.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201343 You might want to get your facts straight. And even 2009 macs had "fast processors". Airparrot works fine for Airplay to get past the "limitations.
 
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