Apple HomePod smart speaker preorders begin Friday, shipments start Feb. 9

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  • Reply 41 of 56
    Has anyone seen information on how it works with multiple users in the home? I imagine you setup the HomePod with one person’s Apple ID and all music requests are based on that one person’s likings.

    I wonder if we should have 2 HomePods with one assigned to one user and the other HomePod assigned to the other person. However, that runs the risk of both responding to Hey Siri at the same time.

    Thoughts?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 42 of 56
    Rayz2016 said:
    macxpress said:
    Bring on everyone picking it apart piece by piece of what's wrong with it and that a product that was delayed should work 100% perfect. I'm sure everyone will bitch about Siri right off the bat because it can't do one little thing. 
    You know what’s worse? The folk who’ll bore us with their home set up before rubbishing it. 

    “Well, I’m sitting in front of a 12 foot by 12 foot Horn of Gondor rig tricked out with Siren of Death Tweeters, an Earbleeder Speaker just for the bass, a Crustbuster Subwoofer because I can, and a Brassiere Flange Turntable encased in a block of solid Adamantium. My wife has taken the kids and left, the cat has moved into a house in the next town, the dog is deaf and the local airline complains of air turbulence when their jets  fly over my house. I sold a kidney and a lung to buy this setup, so why in the world would I want a piece of junk like the HomePod??”


    🤣🤣🤣 This made me laugh out loud for real. Funny and sad but true at the same time.  
    randominternetpersonRayz2016watto_cobra
  • Reply 43 of 56
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,278member
    LukeCage said:
    “The HomePod is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription.”
    Apple arrogance in full effect. I won’t be able to tell Siri to play music in Spotify? Forget it! I can’t do it in the car either and it’s super annoying. Apple is still not opening up Siri fully while Amazon and Google do.

    Also quite surprising the HomePod doesn’t support stereo playback and do multi room at launch. 
    I'm fairly certain Google Home didn't do multi room at launch and I think the same is true for the Amazon Echo. Now before you say the bar has gone up and Apple needs to step up it's game, let's not forgot about the Google Home Mini that was caught recording everything and sending the data back to Google's servers. 
    To be fair it "wasn't caught" in a nefarious sense. It was malfunctioning, and plainly displaying that fact which is why it was quickly discovered to have a flaw in the construction of the cover before any retail units were ever shipped. 
    edited January 2018
  • Reply 44 of 56
    This is a flop out of the box.
    When you come to market after everyone else and even behind your announced launch, you should have your feature set complete and ready for prime time. This device is none of that.

    More expensive than Google and Amazon.
    Inferior Siri AI
    Tied to Apple's rental rap service- not iTunes.
    No apparent support for streaming from local iTunes library, Mac computer or Apple TV.
    No stereo capability.
    Design looks like a fingerprint and dust magnet. Every little kid will put their paws on the surface and the mesh will be a magnet for dust.
    No physical audio input.

    Got a nice set of Focal SuperBirds set up with my Apple TV in the Living Room. Cannot imagine how this thing in any way is better- certainly not in Audio quality.
    Got a nice Focal XS Computer speakers for my Desktop Mac. This Apple TP Roll will not sound better.
    Not dragging around a $350 toilet paper roll sized speaker in my computer bag.
    Not replacing my main stereo setup.
    Not going to use it in the car.
    Not going to haul it to the beach, camping or the back yard.

    So exactly what use is this thing?
    It’s obviously a shelf speaker and that’s obviously the use case for a “HomePod”, not the car or beach. 

    As for your list:

    - price is higher because its sound is much better 
    - Siri isn’t inferior to the other assistants, but calling any AI is wishful thinking
    - Apple Music is a “rap” service? you’re high. i use AM and don’t listen to rap at all. 
    - As an AirPlay device i’m sure it will work with ATV, which means you can route in your shared itunes library
    - They said stereo with two devices is coming
    - Mesh speakers have existed for years and is not a big deal. clean.
    - If you’re still whining about input jacks, Apple gear likely isn’t for you

    So angry, bro.
    edited January 2018 williamlondonRayz2016brucemcboltsfan17watto_cobra
  • Reply 45 of 56
    MacPro said:
    I was assuming in the Apple TV settings you would just select the HomePod as the output source the same way you can select Bluetooth headphones.
    OT: For those not aware, you don't have to open the menu/settings to change your audio-out. When you are at the Apple TV Springboard or an Apple app, hold down the play/pause button on the remote for a couple seconds, a menu will appear where you can directly select your AirPods, TV, or other BT/Speakers, there is also "Choose Music" option here, not sure if that is for Home Sharing, Apple Music, or both.
    randominternetpersonStrangeDaysfastasleepApluswatto_cobra
  • Reply 46 of 56
    brucemcbrucemc Posts: 1,519member
    eightzero said:
    My assessment is that this is a very niche product that will appeal to a select few. That's not new for Apple. They've done that with, well..the iMac Pro. Those that want or need such a thing will eagerly buy. But this HomePod is competing with established products, unlike a computer line with a very established clientele. Compare to iPod and iTunes; iPhone and Apple Watch or even the line of MacBooks that essentially had no competition when they rolled out. They established a following. My opinion is that this will flop, but the open question is how badly it will do so. Introed 6+ months ago, it ships late, and doesn't contain features promised long ago.

    There are many that will disagree, and you're free to buy, enjoy, and say I'm wrong. I might be. 
    I agree it will be niche - at least at the beginning.  I believe it can grow beyond that if its use cases grow (and possibly some price reductions over time, as often happens, which brings it under $300 next, and perhaps then $250).  Growing use cases could include music services beyond Apple Music, greater push & clarity with Home Kit, and tight integration with Apple TV for an excellent sound solution.  And increased Siri usefulness.

    Articles I have read indicate that the #1 use for all smart speakers (Echo, Google Home) is to listen to music.  So Apple is targeting the right use case to start, and with a differentiator around design and sound.  Price will be challenging for those outside the niche you mention.  Apple often does this - target the higher end and then come down a bit over time - but given the momentum of Amazon Echo only time will tell if the price can be sustained.

    While Siri takes a lot of criticism, it is the most widely used (by far) voice assistant.  So they do have the opportunity to tie HomePod into being tied into general Siri use (setup a reminder via HomePod that is set then on phone).  Something that Alexa can't do (Google can, but their home products are also considered to have limited distribution so far).


    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 47 of 56
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,157member
    This is a flop out of the box.
    When you come to market after everyone else and even behind your announced launch, you should have your feature set complete and ready for prime time. This device is none of that.

    More expensive than Google and Amazon.
    Inferior Siri AI
    Tied to Apple's rental rap service- not iTunes.
    No apparent support for streaming from local iTunes library, Mac computer or Apple TV.
    No stereo capability.
    Design looks like a fingerprint and dust magnet. Every little kid will put their paws on the surface and the mesh will be a magnet for dust.
    No physical audio input.

    Got a nice set of Focal SuperBirds set up with my Apple TV in the Living Room. Cannot imagine how this thing in any way is better- certainly not in Audio quality.
    Got a nice Focal XS Computer speakers for my Desktop Mac. This Apple TP Roll will not sound better.
    Not dragging around a $350 toilet paper roll sized speaker in my computer bag.
    Not replacing my main stereo setup.
    Not going to use it in the car.
    Not going to haul it to the beach, camping or the back yard.

    So exactly what use is this thing?
    Siri being inferior is highly debatable. I have several Echo devices and I don't see how Alexa is any better than Siri. It's funny you mention the design of the HomePod. The Amazon Echo looks like a Bounty paper towel roll. So the mesh design of the HomePod is a dust magnet and the fabric on the Echo isn't? Ok. You do realize the HomePod isn't a portable bluetooth speaker. So you think the Amazon Echo or Echo Show is a good camping speaker or one to bring to the beach? Do you plug your Echo into the sand or what? 
    williamlondondacharwatto_cobra
  • Reply 48 of 56
    MacPro said:
    peteo said:
    "At launch, HomePod doesn't support multi-room audio"

    Wow, forget replacing Sonos at least for a while.

    Also where is a the marketing for this? why am I supposed to want this?
    You seem to infer that it's only marketing that induces you to make a purchase? Surely not.  Perhaps you mean more information not marketing per se.
    "Only marketing"?

    You apparently don't know what "marketing" really is...
    williamlondon
  • Reply 49 of 56
    Rayz2016 said:
    “The HomePod is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription.”
    Apple arrogance in full effect. I won’t be able to tell Siri to play music in Spotify? Forget it! I can’t do it in the car either and it’s super annoying. Apple is still not opening up Siri fully while Amazon and Google do.

    To work with Siri, Spotify needs to write a connector, which Spotify hasn’t done.  
    Which Spotify isn’t ALLOWED to do. Siri is only open to specific kinds of software, and audio streaming services are excluded from this (because most likely Apple wants to make Spotify a subpar experience to Apple Music)
    williamlondon
  • Reply 50 of 56
    guerro said:
    MacPro said:
    I was assuming in the Apple TV settings you would just select the HomePod as the output source the same way you can select Bluetooth headphones.
    OT: For those not aware, you don't have to open the menu/settings to change your audio-out. When you are at the Apple TV Springboard or an Apple app, hold down the play/pause button on the remote for a couple seconds, a menu will appear where you can directly select your AirPods, TV, or other BT/Speakers, there is also "Choose Music" option here, not sure if that is for Home Sharing, Apple Music, or both.
    It never occurred to me that I could send Apple TV audio to my AirPods.  I'll have to give that a try.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 51 of 56
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,782member
    zroger73 said:
    Apple's design inspiration for the HomePod...


    And I’ll bet you were one of asshats who were making feminine napkin jokes about the iPad too. Did you ever get the egg off your face on that one?
    williamlondonStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 52 of 56
    lkrupp said:
    zroger73 said:
    Apple's design inspiration for the HomePod...


    And I’ll bet you were one of asshats who were making feminine napkin jokes about the iPad too. Did you ever get the egg off your face on that one?
    Lighten up. It's just a speaker. And, you can use it while you're toileting or knitting! :smile: 
    edited January 2018
  • Reply 53 of 56
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,278member
    LukeCage said:
    “The HomePod is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription.”
    Apple arrogance in full effect. I won’t be able to tell Siri to play music in Spotify? Forget it! I can’t do it in the car either and it’s super annoying. Apple is still not opening up Siri fully while Amazon and Google do.

    Also quite surprising the HomePod doesn’t support stereo playback and do multi room at launch. 
    I'm fairly certain Google Home didn't do multi room at launch...
    It did. From launch.

    edited January 2018
  • Reply 54 of 56
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,541member
    Rayz2016 said:
    macxpress said:
    Bring on everyone picking it apart piece by piece of what's wrong with it and that a product that was delayed should work 100% perfect. I'm sure everyone will bitch about Siri right off the bat because it can't do one little thing. 
    You know what’s worse? The folk who’ll bore us with their home set up before rubbishing it. 

    “Well, I’m sitting in front of a 12 foot by 12 foot Horn of Gondor rig tricked out with Siren of Death Tweeters, an Earbleeder Speaker just for the bass, a Crustbuster Subwoofer because I can, and a Brassiere Flange Turntable encased in a block of solid Adamantium. My wife has taken the kids and left, the cat has moved into a house in the next town, the dog is deaf and the local airline complains of air turbulence when their jets  fly over my house. I sold a kidney and a lung to buy this setup, so why in the world would I want a piece of junk like the HomePod??”


    I want to go there.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 55 of 56
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,556member
    Rayz2016 said:
    “The HomePod is designed to work with an Apple Music subscription.”
    Apple arrogance in full effect. I won’t be able to tell Siri to play music in Spotify? Forget it! I can’t do it in the car either and it’s super annoying. Apple is still not opening up Siri fully while Amazon and Google do.

    To work with Siri, Spotify needs to write a connector, which Spotify hasn’t done.  
    Which Spotify isn’t ALLOWED to do. Siri is only open to specific kinds of software, and audio streaming services are excluded from this (because most likely Apple wants to make Spotify a subpar experience to Apple Music)
    You’re right. They haven’t opened up Siri to this party music apps, so Spotify can’t do anything with it. 

    My apologies. 


    CheeseFreeze
  • Reply 56 of 56
    Um, gonna wait till it's feature complete and there are some reviews on it first.  It reads as great but I would want the collaboration feature with a second HomePod for home theater and AppleTV support as well as multi-room support.  
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