Some alternative thinking here. YMMV Having played with HomePod for a week now, and checked in occasionally on various forums, here is what I have found. 1) Beautiful design, very capable sound, NOT a home audio system. Verdict still out on Airplay 2 and pairing. 2) It is designed for the Apple Music/iTunes ecosystem. This is important. It is meant to perform best within the ecosystem and is designed to ignore making accommodations for non-ecosystem devices. This is not a design oversight. This is a choice. 3) For those within the ecosystem, it is NOT a competitor to Echo, at all, and only somewhat to Sonos. 4) For those who use razor blades, HomePod is the razor and monthly Apple Music payments are the blades. 5) Siri is an utter failure at ordering toilet paper from Amazon. No debate, as I have an Echo. Instead, HomePod does a very good job of managing playback and playlists on my iTunes Library while offering millions of additional tracks through Apple Music. 6) In this sense, HomePod with Siri and Apple Music and iTunes Match (Total ecosystem play) are an App, maybe even an iTunes successor, where voice control is a darn near brilliant experience of managing a music collection as well as offering a fun, serendipitous, easy relation to music. Not enough of the chatter on the boards have made hay with this. It's a very good experience and why I have come to consider the HomePod an App as much as it is a speaker. 7) For a music lover in the Apple ecosystem (and this is key), this speaker is v.1, like the original Apple Watch. It will just get better as Apple discovers how people are using them and where--deidentified acoustic maps of millions of HomePod installs--driving future versions and how they are optimized to deliver sound. 8) AppleTV 4K with free 4K upgrades to already purchased HD movies? Can you say FLAC and AAC optimized Apple Music upgrades for HomePod in your home? In short, it's a new product and I'm not sure even Apple knows what it's going to do. But I think there are a lot of people who are going to help them find out.