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Topic: HomePod

Watch: How to stream music on HomePod using iTunes Match

02/26/2018, 05:02 pm

There are a few options by which to stream music directly from HomePod, the main contender being Apple's monthly subscription service Apple Music. But if you, like many others, have built up an extensive iTunes library over the years, iTunes Match offers the biggest bang for your buck.

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Apple HomePod preorders outpaced all other smartspeakers, except Amazon Echo Dot

02/26/2018, 03:02 pm

Priced at $349, the Apple HomePod saw more pent-up demand at launch than virtually all of its competition, save for one budget-priced smartspeaker: Amazon's $50-and-under Echo Dot.

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The Smartphone Endgame: Who wins once shipment volumes peak?

02/24/2018, 12:02 pm

For decades, market research firms have been confidently asserting that the "winners" in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other consumer electronics are not firms that are profitable or even sustainable, but merely those shipping the largest volumes at any given time. This has enabled them to crown a successive line of failed players, then rapidly move on to a new "winner," often within the same year. The bigger problem for this sort of flawgic is that the game itself is changing.

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How to AirPlay music to your HomePod from Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and Apple Music

02/23/2018, 10:02 am

The HomePod is not strictly limited to Apple Music playback through Siri -- it is also an AirPlay target, and can recieve an audio signal from nearly every app on your iPhone. Here are some of the most common apps, and where to tap to get that to play on your new speaker.

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Video: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max

02/22/2018, 12:02 pm

Apple's HomePod and Google's Home Max are both vying for the high end of the audio market. But which one is worth your hard earned cash? AppleInsider put these premium speakers to the test to tell you which one wins out.

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Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod adoption hits 3 percent, survey finds

02/21/2018, 08:02 pm

A new survey from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures found 89 percent of smart speaker owners are satisfied with their device, but despite coming packed with virtual assistant technology, most use the to play music or check the weather.

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Video: Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One

02/19/2018, 06:02 pm

The smart speaker field is quickly becoming a new battleground for tech companies, with the likes of Amazon and Google going toe-to-toe with Apple. In this video, we take a closer look at how Apple's HomePod with Siri stacks up against the Sonos One with Alexa.

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Apple shares tutorial video explaining 'how to get the most' from HomePod

02/16/2018, 07:02 pm

Continuing a recent surge in HomePod-related tutorial videos, Apple on Friday posted a fresh explainer to its official YouTube support channel covering general device features, from music playback to Siri commands.

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Accessory vendors start producing coasters, stands, and bags for Apple's HomePod

02/15/2018, 04:02 pm

In a similar fashion to Apple's other products, accessory producers have been quick to create products to enhance the user experience of the HomePod just days after launch, with the first to surface including a leather carrying case and a coaster designed to prevent marks left behind by the speaker's silicone base.

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How to AirPlay to two HomePods on iPhone & Mac (without AirPlay 2)

02/15/2018, 04:02 pm

Though AirPlay 2 with support for multiple HomePods won't ship until later this year, there are ways to use multiple HomePods with your iPhone and Mac right now. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

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Sonos One feet leaving same white marks on wood furniture that the HomePod can

02/15/2018, 01:02 pm

A day after a debacle began about the HomePod silicone ring on the base of the unit was causing a stain to appear on some wood surfaces, it looks that the Sonos One has a similar issue with its own vibration-insulating feet.

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Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple's margin smaller than competitors

02/14/2018, 10:02 pm

According to the latest research from TechInsights, Apple is shelling out $216 to build HomePod, meaning margins from the tech giant's first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

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Another test finds HomePod frequency response flat, but results potentially meaningless

02/14/2018, 10:02 pm

An acoustical analysis of Apple's HomePod published Wednesday found the speaker boasts a relatively flat frequency response, characteristics often associated with accurate sound reproduction, but those results might be misleading.

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Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

02/14/2018, 04:02 pm

Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.

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How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

02/14/2018, 04:02 pm

There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access -- restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.

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How to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID

02/14/2018, 01:02 pm

HomePod services like sending text messages or creating reminders can only be accomplished with the Apple ID used to initially set up the device. If you want to change the Apple ID affiliated with your HomePod, you'll need to redo the setup process.

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HomePod's silicone bottom is causing rings on some finished wood surfaces [u]

02/14/2018, 01:02 pm

Apple's HomePod appears to be leaving white circles on some finished wood surfaces, but what specifically is causing it and any commonalities between the incidents both aren't clear yet. [Updated with Apple support info]

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Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio tech delivers highly consistent sound

02/13/2018, 06:02 pm

In its advertising push for HomePod, Apple has touted its smart speaker as capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere in a given room. New testing backs up those claims, and offers insight into how the company accomplished such a feat.

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How to play anything on your HomePod, including vinyl records, with Airfoil and a Mac

02/13/2018, 01:02 pm

Apple's HomePod may be limited in connectivity, but thanks to its support for the legacy AirPlay standard, it's possible to connect basically anything you want to it over Wi-Fi. One of the best ways to do this is with the Airfoil app, available from longtime Mac developer Rogue Amoeba.

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Consumer Reports' dismissal of HomePod a familiar tale to Apple fans [u]

02/13/2018, 12:02 pm

Testing stalwart Consumer Reports declared this week that Apple's HomePod falls behind Google's Home Max -- and even the Sonos One -- in terms of audio quality. To anyone who knows the publication's controversial history with Apple products, that conclusion is utterly unsurprising.

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