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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. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 7, 2004

    Posts: 10,173

    Can't get this to work at all - what do you specifically have to say to it ? Iv tried variations of what you're saying and never finds anything except white noise which I don't want.
     
  2. MOOGLEYS

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004

    Posts: 16,939

    Location: Telford


    You need to say “Hey Siri play Ambient noise........ ” then whatever one you want like fireplace etc.....
     
  3. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: Oct 16, 2002

    Posts: 28,208

    Location: In the radio shack

    “Hey Siri, play fireplace sounds.”

    That’s all it needs. Replace fireplace with the sound of your choice.
     
  4. Somnambulist

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 17, 2010

    Posts: 9,912

    Location: London

    Also once you've got one of them playing (e.g. "hey Siri play some white noise") then in the Home app with the now playing, you can cycle between the 8 different (continuous) noises.
     
  5. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 7, 2004

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    Just got a 2nd homepod - adore the sound quality, however I CANNOT seem to get them to pair and work - it says they are paired but they are not - only is playing, and sometimes says can't connect, any ideas?

    Update: I can get them to pair if THEY are the source of the audio, if I ask apple music for example, but if i try to airplay to them from my MBP 2016 running catalina it will only play on one speaker despite it 'seeing' the pair
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2019
  6. MOOGLEYS

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004

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    Location: Telford

    I have had similar and I find resetting both homepods and starting fresh sorts it out.
     
  7. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

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    Done that, got it working with music but it seems i cant use stereo pairs as the system wide audio source? It only sees from an app that sees airplay?

    Anytime I try and select audio from a general audio source in osx - its just one or the other speaker, is that right ? Have reset the homepods and restarted the mbp etc
     
  8. Broken Hope

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 16, 2003

    Posts: 8,721

    Location: Nottingham

    You can’t set paired HomePods as an output source on MacOS. It’s stupid.
     
  9. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

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    That sounds absurd and a software limitation ? Why don't they just enable it, and while they are at it, match a video playing on the screen to the audio, can't be that hard to make they act 'like' a bluetooth speaker
     
  10. TheOracle

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 30, 2005

    Posts: 11,892

    I have a 15% discount code from Very (think I can name them as OCUK don't sell homepods) who are selling the homepod for £199.

    Now I'm home working, I fancy having some music (already using apple music) in the background, and maybe the radio too.

    Does anyone have one, appreciate your thoughts

    Cheers
     
  11. beachBOYken

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Feb 18, 2007

    Posts: 9,874

    Location: London

    I have one, its great, although I wouldn't say I listen to it as much as I could, more often than not I pop my AirPods in instead.

    With Apple music just a case of saying "hey Siri" play "insert song/band here". I just like the ease of use.

    I have never tried radio on it so unsure what services you can get from that.
     
  12. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: Oct 16, 2002

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    Location: In the radio shack

    Ours still gets used most days, I wouldn't want to be without it now.

    I've merged this in with our big HomePod thread.
     
  13. TheOracle

    Capodecina

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    Thanks feek

    I think I'll buy one, just want to make sure I'll use it enough to get my moneys worth
     
  14. MOOGLEYS

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 24, 2004

    Posts: 16,939

    Location: Telford

    I use mine all the time. Would be weird without them now tbh....
     
  15. Valo

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,533

    Location: Livingston

    I've got three, one in my kitchen and a stereo air in my living room. I use them all the time for music and for HomeKit tasks. I wouldn't be without them at all now either, the sound output and the microphone arrays are really impressive.

    Also with the software updates they are improving with every major iOS release.
     
  16. TheOracle

    Capodecina

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    Right, I've ordered one
     
  17. Squink

    Mobster

    Joined: Apr 25, 2007

    Posts: 4,169

    Has Apple updated the internals of these since they were released? It seems Homepods have been out for a while and it would be a shame if they went the way of Sonos in a couple of years.

    At £199 I quite like the look of them, but I dot from iOS to Android, so wouldn't be able to take full advantage.
     
  18. Feek

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    Not as far as I know.

    Out of interest, who's got them for £199?
     
  19. Valo

    Mobster

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    Location: Livingston

    The HomePod hasn’t been updated hardware wise since it was released. With the way iOS is supported I would think and hope it will continue to receive software for many years yet.

    As I mentioned above with regular software updates they are improving with every major iOS release.
     
  20. Valo

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,533

    Location: Livingston

    Looks like it’s on offer on:

    Very: https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/apple-homepod-space-greywhite
    Argos: https://www.argos.co.uk/browse/tech.../brands:apple/?tag=ar:homepodshop:homepod:buy
    John Lewis: https://www.johnlewis.com/apple-homepod/p3417359?searchTerm=homepod
    Ao: https://ao.com/product/mqhw2ba-appl...s - Brand&WT.z_AG=CE - Smart Speakers - Apple

    If you are considering going down the stereo pair route, I recommend it as they sound fantastic.
     
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