Apple today updated its HomePod tech specs page with a new Audio Sources section that lists all of the ways in which the speaker can stream audio, setting the record straight on some conflicting information.
• Apple Music: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any of over 45 million songs available on Apple Music. A subscription is required.
• iTunes Music: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any songs, albums, or audiobooks purchased from the iTunes Store.
• iCloud Music Library: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any songs uploaded to a user’s iCloud Music Library, including songs imported from other sources such as CDs, with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription.
• Beats 1: HomePod users can ask Siri to play Apple’s official radio station.
• Podcasts: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any podcast episodes from the iTunes podcast directory.
• AirPlay: HomePod users can use AirPlay to play other audio from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac. AirPlay 2, coming later this year, is only required to stream audio from these sources to multiple HomePods.
Earlier this week, iMore’s Serenity Caldwell put together a useful breakdown with more detailed information about how the HomePod works with Apple Music, iTunes Match, iCloud Music Library, AirPlay, and more.
HomePod orders began last week ahead of the speaker’s official launch on February 9 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.Related Roundup: HomePodTags: AirPlay, Podcasts, iTunes Match, Beats 1, iCloud Music LibraryBuyer’s Guide: HomePod (Buy Now)Discuss this article in our forums