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Poll: ** The official Apple HomePod thread **

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by Feek, Oct 20, 2017.

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Are you going to buy an Apple HomePod

  1. Yes

    23 vote(s)
    14.6%
  2. No

    95 vote(s)
    60.1%
  3. Possibly, I'll wait and see what the reviews are like first

    40 vote(s)
    25.3%
  1. MOOGLEYS

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004

    Posts: 16,123

    Location: Telford

    Two HomePods sound amazing is it £649 amazing probably not but it’s Apple so it’s never going to be cheap especially adding in an Apple Music sub too.
     
  2. ChrisD.

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 20, 2006

    Posts: 21,585

    Prior to returning the HomePod I took it to a friends place for a BBQ. Once set up, the speaker kept disappearing from Airplay in Music and after a few hours 'Hey Siri' stopped working. Having previously taken a Sonos speaker around they all preferred the Sonos for ease of use although admitted the HomePod did sound great when working.

    What was mentioned a lot is that there's no way to view a collaborative playlist or easily look at what's playing due to there being no app for it.
     
  3. Faustus

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 20, 2007

    Posts: 5,042

    Not really, order online then return them under CCR as being they don't really fill your requirements. That's what I might have done. ;)
     
  4. Daaaavvveee

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 28, 2015

    Posts: 1,092

    Location: Banbury, UK

    I suppose yeah, may give that a blast ;)
     
  5. MOOGLEYS

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004

    Posts: 16,123

    Location: Telford

    Not had that myself possible WiFi issue ? You can control it by iPhone or iPad and create or show play lists etc through Apple Music. Or you can just ask it “Hey Siri what’s playing” etc... Apple Music is the App it uses.
     
  6. ChrisD.

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 20, 2006

    Posts: 21,585

    We couldn't easily find out how to see on our own phones what is playing if someone else has kicked it off. Also it stopped showing up as an AirPlay device, seems to be a common issue.
     
  7. MOOGLEYS

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004

    Posts: 16,123

    Location: Telford

    Not had it with my 3 maybe I have been lucky..
     
  8. Faustus

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 20, 2007

    Posts: 5,042

    A couple of reviews plus reviews in the broadsheets concluded - unless you're totally steeped in the Apple ecosystem then there are better, cheaper, more versatile wireless speakers out there. I think that's a pretty reasonable observation. Even though I have an iPhone to control the iPod I thought they were just too limiting.
     
  9. JamesM

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,424

    Location: Sutton Coldfield

    Not had any issues with mine dropping from WiFi.

    Actually finding myself use it more than my Sonos speakers, so easy to just ask Siri to play a Playlist or Airplay from my phone
     
  10. Faustus

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 20, 2007

    Posts: 5,042

    Yes but just compare the Sonos compatibility re: music services and other kit compared to the Apple system. Sonos has just released the Sonos Beam which is both a soundbar for the TV and a music speaker to take on the Homepod - and it's got Alexa now with Google Assistant to follow. That's the real beauty of Sonos (besides great sounding speakers) they don't use the vertical lockin eco system with their products.
     
  11. MOOGLEYS

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004

    Posts: 16,123

    Location: Telford

    Apple Music is very good though. It has all the weird stuff I like so happy to pay for the usage. I think the simplicity of the HomePod is a good point it’s a music device primarily and it does that very well. I personally have no need or want to be controlling my lights or curtains as well tbh..... lol

    Just been reading about the Beam it looks pretty good similar price to HomePod too.
     
  12. sesevans

    Perma Banned

    Joined: Aug 17, 2016

    Posts: 1,517

    Apple HomePod expected to badly trail shipments of Google Home and Amazon Echo smart speakers with a 4% market share, in a booming smart speaker market:

    "Canalys expects the smart speaker installed base will approach the 100-million barrier by the end of this year, making it almost 2.5 times bigger than at the end of 2017. The installed base will keep growing, more than doubling in size to reach 225 million units by 2020. Amazon Echo devices will account for over 50% of the installed base in 2018, while Google's Home series will account for 30%. Apple's HomePod models will trail, accounting for a meager 4% of the 2018 base."
     
  13. MOOGLEYS

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004

    Posts: 16,123

    Location: Telford

    I have 4 Homepods now so I’m keeping the sales up.... lol...
     
  14. haszek

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2014

    Posts: 1,003

    I didn't know apple released speaker in all those categories... what's the comparison to google max? it's like comparing iphone x sales to all samsung phone models and lead narrative about poor success.
     
  15. Broken Hope

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 16, 2003

    Posts: 8,304

    Location: Nottingham

    Newsflash the Google Home Mini and Echo Dot are both miles cheaper than the HomePod, of course they will sell more, did you seriously even have to post that?
     
  16. JamesM

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,424

    Location: Sutton Coldfield

    The guy is like a broken record.
     
  17. Broken Hope

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 16, 2003

    Posts: 8,304

    Location: Nottingham

    It's like him posting that a cheap £10 Casio watch outsells Rolex, it's not exactly news. I'd like to see the sales breakdown of the HomePod vs the Home Max though.
     
  18. whiskycycle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 31, 2004

    Posts: 1,255

    Location: The 'Toon, UK, in Europe

    What else do we expect from a Google shill? Only need to take a look at his responses in the various Home, Pixel threads for the obvious bias (not to mention leaving a media campaign tag on one post).

    Personally, I'm sticking with a house full of Google Home and Chromecast, but I wouldn't say no to a HomePod or two, having heard a stereo pair. It's just a bit pointless for me, rooted in Google services as I am (iPhone 8 and iPad Pro 10.5 user at the minute, missus has my Pixel 2 after her Nexus 6P had a fit).
     
  19. JamesM

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,424

    Location: Sutton Coldfield

    This is exactly it, it depends how far rooted you are into an eco system as to whether the HomePod is right for you.
     
  20. whiskycycle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 31, 2004

    Posts: 1,255

    Location: The 'Toon, UK, in Europe

    It's the same reason I never went for Sonos a while back... I switched from iTunes (+Match) a few years back and threw everything at Google Music, as it just worked better for my needs and gave me a little more platform independence during my full Mac phase back then. Obviously the iOS client for Play Music isn't as good as the Android version, but it's /good enough/ and gets me by.

    I understand why there's no proper casting of GPM to the HomePods, and would love to get that, but we can't have everything can we? Just wish there was a little less vendor lock-in... cut the music open and it effectively bleeds the same!