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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

    26 vote(s)
    15.0%
  2. No

    105 vote(s)
    60.7%
  3. Possibly, I'll wait and see what the reviews are like first

    42 vote(s)
    24.3%
  1. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: Oct 16, 2002

    Posts: 28,211

    Location: In the radio shack

    With the Apple HomePod expected to be available in December (probably early December), I thought it might be interesting to see who's considering one.

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    I'm honestly not sure. My lad very often switches the telly on and has music playing gently via the Apple TV so it would be a decent alternative to that. One of these sitting on the mantlepiece would probably work reasonably well but at what cost? Although there's been no official announcement of the UK price, I believe it's expected to be around £350. That's a lot.

    Are you going to buy one?
     
  2. haszek

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2014

    Posts: 1,116

    I'm going to preorder one (when available). Need a speaker to one of my rooms and I assume it's going to beat everything:) Isn't so bulky like google max, crappy like Amazon. Sonos might be ok but I don't want to start new ecosystem.
     
  3. Somnambulist

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 17, 2010

    Posts: 9,912

    Location: London

    I like the idea but I'm too married to my high end speakers for music playback. Fancy room correction can only take you so far. Pity you can't use it like a DAC w/room EQ for your existing speakers.
     
  4. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 18, 2012

    Posts: 2,161

    I love Apple products, but I don't like Apple Music. Buying an Apple speaker implies being locked into only using Apple Music, which I'm not interested in. Much better to go with Sonos, which just got Alexa support, and supports every single music service under the sun. Next year Sonos are also getting AirPlay2 support, which will help with streaming stuff directly from your phone.
     
  5. Jimbeam3678

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 8, 2002

    Posts: 17,611

    Location: North Yorkshire

    Surely you'd be able to use Spotify thorough your Mac/Iphone ?
     
  6. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 18, 2012

    Posts: 2,161

    We’re talking about the HomePod. I’m a Spotify subscriber and I use it on my
    iPhone, my Mac, and on my Sonos speakers. The HomePod won’t have Spotify (or any other streaming service) support.
     
  7. Valo

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,533

    Location: Livingston

    I'm seriously considering one. I haven't tried Apple Music but I do use iTunes Match and apparently it can access that service as well.

    The improvements to Siri in iOS 11 with machine learning really will be the test of this product. Apple lost their lead in this field and are playing catchup a bit.
     
  8. ChrisD.

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 20, 2006

    Posts: 24,104

    Using an Echo dot and Sonos, so no need for me.
     
  9. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 18, 2012

    Posts: 2,161

    I just got an Echo Dot for £25 (Sonos sent through a coupon), and it's been pretty fun. I don't know how useful it'll be in the long term, but for £25 I'm willing to have a play.
     
  10. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 7, 2004

    Posts: 10,173

    I reckon its success will lie in what apps, software etc its compatible with, amazon, google etc already have many many services and core services obviously I'm not sure what services of theirs will run on this..........just having apple music won't do it any favours.
     
  11. Jimbeam3678

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 8, 2002

    Posts: 17,611

    Location: North Yorkshire

    I thought we were talking about Homepod as well:confused: Whatever audio you have playing through your apple device you'll be able to sling it across to the Homepod via airplay surely?

    Do you have a source for "no other streaming service support"?
     
  12. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: Oct 16, 2002

    Posts: 28,211

    Location: In the radio shack

    That's my take on it @Jimbeam3678. Surely if you can play it from an Apple device, you'll be able to push it out to the HomePod.
     
  13. shiver

    Hitman

    Joined: Jun 13, 2007

    Posts: 793

    Location: London

    It will work with AirPlay playing from another device but I guess the point rotor is making is that you likely won't be able to do the whole "Hey Siri, play <insert track here>" with your Spotify account, it'd be restricted to an Apple Music account
     
  14. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 18, 2012

    Posts: 2,161

    Sure, AirPlay will work, but 2 things:

    - It requires the app to support AirPlay (not all apps do)
    - Your device (iPhone, iPad) has to be in range of the AirPlay device; in other words, the content is streaming through your device. This eats battery, and obviously if you are out of range, then the content will stop playing. Not ideal.
     
  15. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 18, 2012

    Posts: 2,161

    Yep, one of several points. The main point being I don't want to be restricted to only Apple's services.
     
  16. haszek

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2014

    Posts: 1,116

  17. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 18, 2012

    Posts: 2,161

  18. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 18, 2012

    Posts: 2,161

    Let me add that I don't have any information about what services the speaker will support. I am just commenting based on my assumptions which are based on how Apple generally operates.
     
  19. haszek

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2014

    Posts: 1,116

    Speaker is going to be based on the same system, you guys don't know what is it going to be capable of. It's obvious on their website apple will not advertise spotify.
     
  20. rotor

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 18, 2012

    Posts: 2,161

    I own a bunch of Sonos speakers. For them to support Spotify I have to add my Spotify credentials. It actually handles multiple Spotify logins, so that my wife uses hers and I use mine (on the same set of speakers). The point is that Sonos have put a lot of thought and effort into supporting many many different services over the years (including Apple Music!). If Apple were to support Spotify, they would want us to know that, as that is a major selling point. Not saying it's impossible (at all), just saying it's unlikely. Apple really really really wants people to use Apple Music. The speaker is a way of enticing people who either already use Apple Music or who don't use any music streaming service and who don't already own a speaker and who may be on the fence about Apple Music.

    Siri is rubbish as far as understanding what I ask it, compared to Alexa and Google Now -- and I mean it's not even remotely in the same ballpark. So let's recap: a proprietary system that will (at least initially) only support a proprietary streaming service, controlled via the worst voice control system out there.

    And by the way I'm happy to be surprised. I'm a huge Apple fan, but in this case I'm waiting it out.