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From someone who has one and loves it - IF you use Apple Music, this thing is great and this is a great price. If you don't, then probably get a Sonos. Yes a Sonos One will play Apple Music, but the mics aren't nearly as good on it (and it doesn't sound quite as nice). I tried one out, and the mics drove me nuts.
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I love Apple stuff but this is one product I can't recommend. There is a reason the price has plunged from $349 to $199. Unless you live in a small apartment and subscribe to Apple Music it's of limited use. It's not even compatible with Apple's own Homesharing for Macs. (There is a work around iTunes Match, an extra $25 year and no guarantee Apple will keep it around as an a la cart option for as long as you own your HomePod, but mostly it's annoying you have to pay $25/yr so Siri will play music stored on your Mac. Also iTunes Remote app (iOS) is no longer compatible with the latest Mac OS so that makes playing your music on the HomePod that much more harder.

And it's mics are so sensitive that Siri on HP will always answer even if it's not the closest Siri device to you. Very annoying when you are downstairs and the HP is upstairs. I returned mine after a week. First Apple product I ever returned.
There is a lot of confusion and misinformation in this post. You can stream virtually anything you're playing from your iPhone or your Mac to the homepod. iTunes Remote isn't used anymore for a reason, just use the music app and stream it. Even if you don't pay for Apple Music, you can sync your library with your phone and stream it that way too.
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From someone who has one and loves it - IF you use Apple Music, this thing is great and this is a great price. If you don't, then probably get a Sonos. Yes a Sonos One will play Apple Music, but the mics aren't nearly as good on it (and it doesn't sound quite as nice). I tried one out, and the mics drove me nuts.
You can stream Spotify, and other things, to it also.
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Tempting, since it can act as a HomeKit hub. I still think these things are destined for sub-100.
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Yes, if you're using an Apple TV.
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Can you combine them and use them as a home theater system for your house?
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Anyone using this with the desktop setup? Early reviews seemed to suggest there can be delays and other connection issues. Hoping those have been resolved.
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My opinion:

Get Sonos if you want better deals or don't put a priority on the voice assistant. The sound quality is great but I'd only get these if my sole priority was audio. While they support Alexa and google, the mics aren't as good as first party devices. Plus, updates usually come late or not at all compared to first party products.

Get a google/nest speaker if you want the best assistant, but less premium hardware(I will note I do not have experience with the big google home max speaker that has more mics). Google has great deals and an amazing assistant, but I still can't stand the bugginess of whether or not it hears me say ok google, or whether or not it's going to accept my commands. I've had multiple occasions where it triggers and then immediately exits out of listening. It's annoying. I also find HomePod to respond quicker with everyday smart home commands.

As an Apple user, HomePod has given me the best experience overall. It doesn't always answer random google questions as well as google would, but I find it more reliable, quicker, and has better sound quality. My primary uses are for music and smart home commands. It hears me well. It works consistently well. I also find the music transferring between rooms to work better here than with google speakers (this includes my experience with googles new "stream transfer" which I found to be a bit buggy).
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I bought a HomePod recently (check Costco, who are clearing them out for $149.97). I am deep in Apple's ecosystem, I like Apple products, but the HomePod feels a little half-baked, even this long after release.

Some examples:

HomeKit support is spotty. The HomePod often responds correctly to commands, but sometimes fails to execute routine or lighting changes that my iPhone or iPad's Siri does without issue.

Shortcut support now exists, but is half-baked. For example, the HomePod cannot call a shortcut from another shortcut. So, my iPhone or iPad can, when I say "Hey Siri, morning routine", greet me, tell me the date, read me a quote of the day, and then run a much more complex shortcut to give me a comprehensive weather report. The HomePod does the greeting, date, and quote, then says "I can't do that" for the weather report.

I'm sure Apple Music integration is excellent. Spotify integration is just ok. HomePod responds to commands like "Hey Siri Spotify My Playlist on HomePod" or "Hey Siri Spotify play The Beatles on HomePod". In other words, it's a mouthful, and since all the Spotify integration is doing is opening Spotify on your iPhone and AirPlaying it to the HomePod, you wonder why you even have to include "on HomePod" to the end of every request, provided it's the HomePod that is listening to the request.

I'd buy another at $100.
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Maybe before Christmas.
Some Costco's have them for 150
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You can stream Spotify, and other things, to it also.
Stream with just your phone or other ios device though right? I'm under the impression you can't just ask Siri on homepod to play Spotify, which to me defeats the whole purpose of even wanting this. With Sonos I can ask it to play from many different sources including Spotify and Apple Music.

I really don't want to have to find my phone or tablet to initiate a song, so Homepod isn't for me. If you use Apple Music as your main source of music though I could see the appeal for sure.

Edit: Sounds like if your phone is available you can ask Siri on Homepod to play Spotify and it basically does so via your phone. That's a decent workaround but still not optimal imo.

I'd say Echo Studio is a very good deal right now, $200 and it seems like it's a powerhouse for the size. I'd love a new Sonos that had multidirectional audio like this or the Homepod, but within the Sonos ecosystem. I also wish I could just get a Studio an integrate it into my current Sonos so they all play music together, maybe soon?

The one thing I really love is that I can group an echo with specific sonos, tell echo to play a song from whatever service I select is my default, and then echo knows to play it to those specific Sonos speakers without me having to say the location (Living Room, Kitchen etc). Sonos One also allows you to do the same thing via the Alexa app, but as many have said here the Sonos One microphone isn't as great as an actual Echo, so I like using the dedicated Echo for grouping the Sonos for now.
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I bought a HomePod recently (check Costco, who are clearing them out for $149.97). I am deep in Apple's ecosystem, I like Apple products, but the HomePod feels a little half-baked, even this long after release.

Some examples:

HomeKit support is spotty. The HomePod often responds correctly to commands, but sometimes fails to execute routine or lighting changes that my iPhone or iPad's Siri does without issue.

Shortcut support now exists, but is half-baked. For example, the HomePod cannot call a shortcut from another shortcut. So, my iPhone or iPad can, when I say "Hey Siri, morning routine", greet me, tell me the date, read me a quote of the day, and then run a much more complex shortcut to give me a comprehensive weather report. The HomePod does the greeting, date, and quote, then says "I can't do that" for the weather report.

I'm sure Apple Music integration is excellent. Spotify integration is just ok. HomePod responds to commands like "Hey Siri Spotify My Playlist on HomePod" or "Hey Siri Spotify play The Beatles on HomePod". In other words, it's a mouthful, and since all the Spotify integration is doing is opening Spotify on your iPhone and AirPlaying it to the HomePod, you wonder why you even have to include "on HomePod" to the end of every request, provided it's the HomePod that is listening to the request.

I'd buy another at $100.

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Got one open box for $170, I think good price, worst case scenario I can return it
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If you want the best quality audio, buy this.

If you use Apple Music, buy this.

If you don't care much about audio quality and do not use Apple Music, probably better off with a lower quality product.

Really can't compare any echo or Sonos to this thing in terms of build or sound quality.
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There is a lot of confusion and misinformation in this post. You can stream virtually anything you're playing from your iPhone or your Mac to the homepod. iTunes Remote isn't used anymore for a reason, just use the music app and stream it. Even if you don't pay for Apple Music, you can sync your library with your phone and stream it that way too.
Here's a list of Spotify commands if anyone is interested.
https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-t...w-0208428/
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I've mulled over buying one of these several times. But people have claimed you "must" own two in order to get the best soundstage. I own multiple Bluetooth speakers and don't feel like dropping $400+ for another, this is my hang up.
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