We’ve known since the previous summer that HomePod will play Apple Music and Apple Podcasts straightforwardly, and sound from different sources can be played over Apple’s AirPlay. With a little more than seven days before HomePod hits stores, Apple has authoritatively nitty gritty what sound can be played on the keen speaker.
From HomePod’s tech specs page (by means of 512 Pixels) enumerating good sound sources:
- Apple Music
- iTunes Music Purchases
- iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription
- Beats 1 Live Radio
- AirPlay other content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac
HomePod has been intensely promoted as an Apple Music player since last June, yet we’ve gradually been realizing which sound sources that are additionally from the Apple environment can be played straightforwardly.
We announced a week ago that iTunes buys and Beats 1 will be playable without an Apple Music membership, and we’ve realized that Apple Podcasts playback will work, which isn’t valid for other brilliant speakers.
Apple later began offering to squeeze that iTunes Match — Apple’s cloud music locker that pre-dates Apple Music — would likewise be bolstered, albeit today denotes the first run through this data has been shared authoritatively on Apple’s site.
For potential HomePod clients who don’t buy in to Apple Music from $9.99/month, iTunes Match offers an approach to convey a full music library of iTunes acquired music and sound imported from different sources with iCloud Music Library for $24.99/year.
HomePod pre-orders propelled last Friday with speakers hitting stores and dispatching to clients February 9.