HomePod Using my brother's Apple Music account for homepod

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by Benz63amg, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Benz63amg macrumors 68030

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    hey guys, so i have an HomePod and id like to use the Apple music specific features it offers but im personally not an apple music subscriber, my brother is though, how can i use his apple id for the HomePod and keep using my personal apple ID for everything else i normally would use?
     
  2. cynics macrumors G4

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    Currently, to the best of my knowledge you can not.

    Which Apple music specific features are you looking for? If its music I would highly recommend trying Apple Music, my only regret with Apple Music is that I waited so long before I got it (I'm cheap and hate micro subscriptions).

    If you really think about it though its (or any similar music subscription) is worth its expense. We went from days where people could only hear music when played live which means they may have only heard their favorite song a single time throughout their entire lives, to us being able to hear ANY song (within reason) whenever, wherever we want. Kind of crazy to really think about, or maybe I'm just weird af.
     
  3. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68030

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    What do you mean I can’t? Where in the settings menu on my iPhone do I specify which Apple Music account I want the HomePod to use, I can’t find the settings page that is specific for the HomePod.
     
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    I think that $9.99 a month is really a bargain and not worth having to use someone else's account. Even one album in iTunes or one physical CD costs that much and the equivalent of the price of one CD monthly gives you access to about anything you want to listen to. I think using a shared account might also play havoc with playlists, music preferences, and even poor Siri might get confused.o_O
     
  6. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Which setting page on the iPhone is responsible for configuring which Apple ID my HomePod is going to use though? That is what I want to figure out
     
  7. danny842003 macrumors 6502a

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    You can’t use two Apple IDs. It’s just not something that Apple allow you to do. When you’d et the device up you use the W1 chip to transfer your data from your phone and that’s all I can remember.
    Apple haven’t allowed multiple users on the HomePod period.
     
  8. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Is the HomePod not using the Apple ID that is signed in to on the “Music” app on my iPhone?(the same iPhone that was used to set the HomePod up initially)
     
  9. danny842003 macrumors 6502a

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    I believe it’s using the same account the iPhone is set up with, I don’t think Apple Music comes in to it.
     
  10. cynics macrumors G4

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    Home app > find the homepod and long press it > Details > scroll down to Music and Podcast which will have the AppleID being used next too it.

    You'll have to experiment from there because I'm not sure if that just changes that or anything else. Personally I would just try switching it to your brother, than I would try sending a message just to verify nothing else has change.
     
  11. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thank you! That's exactly what i was looking for. i saw that setting page when i first set up my HomePod 2 weeks ago and i knew there was a setting page to specify exactly which appleid i wanted to specifically use on the HomePod and even though the naysayers above kept claiming that there was no such setting etc i knew it was false. Thanks again mate.
     
  12. cynics macrumors G4

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    Honestly I was under the same impression as the naysayers (as seen above).

    Let me ask though, is it working as you expect it too? Do you need your brother to be on family sharing for it to work? When you use the HomePod for a personal request is it still using your account info?

    Nice for a future reference to know this stuff.
     
  13. Benz63amg, Mar 10, 2018
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    Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes it’s working beautifully, I don’t use personal requests as I have it turned off so I don’t know about that in specific. And no my brother is not on the family sharing list(I never set that family sharing feature up anyways) and it’s working as it should. Thank you very much once again.
     
  14. JD2015 macrumors 6502a

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    How does using your brother's Itunes account affect you being able to download music, Tv shows or movies from itunes? When you log in with different accounts on an apple device it will warn you that you cannot use any other associated accounts with the device to download anything for 90 days.
     
  15. Benz63amg, Mar 10, 2018
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    I don’t download anything, only reason I want to use my brother’s Apple ID on the HomePod is to have the ability of saying “hey Siri play *band or *song”, that feature doesn’t work if the HomePod is not associated with an AppleID that has Apple music
     
  16. danny842003 macrumors 6502a

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    What do you mean naysayers? You’re still only using one account aren’t you?
     
  17. Benz63amg, Mar 10, 2018
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    Yes I’m using one account for the HomePod(my brother’s account to take advantage of Apple Music subscription benefits) and I’m using my own appleid account for everything else on all my other Apple devices. All I was asking for was how to sign on to the HomePod with a different appleid and I kept being told above that whichever appleid was used to set up the HomePod initially is the one that I’m basically stuck with and that the appleid can’t be changed which was nothing but false.
     
  18. danny842003 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok I thought you wanted to use Apple Music on your brothers account and the HomePod other functions on yours.
     
  19. imaginex20 macrumors 65816

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    A guy with a benz63 can’t pay $10/month subscription...
     
  20. Benz63amg, Mar 10, 2018
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    It’s not about being able to or not, I would’t use Apple Music to it’s full extent so for me it wouldn’t be worth it. Only reason I’m even looking at Apple Music is because that’s required to use a key feature on the HomePod when I’m home(Hey Siri play *Song/artist...), my brother streams music far more so for him it’s certainly worth it.
     
  21. Brenster macrumors 6502a

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    That’s a key feature of Apple Music as far as the HomePod goes though. Siri will still playback music that you have bought from the iTunes Store using your own account, or have matched from your own iTunes music library using iTunes Match. Either way you need to pay for an Apple Music subscription, pay for iTunes Match to match your own collection and/or buy music from the iTunes Store to use Siri on Homepod beyond pause, stop and volume up/down for AirPlay content.

    Arguing that you want to use key Apple Music features enough to warrant using someone’s account but that wouldn’t use it enough to warrant paying is contradictory. If you wouldn’t use Apple Music enough to warrant paying for it, why would you want/need a HomePod (who’s sole essential purpose is as a n Apple Music speaker)?
     
  22. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000

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    That is a nice little benefit because, from what I have read, using Apple Music with HomePod does not count as a "use" so your brother can use Apple Music at the same time.
     

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