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Apple HomePod: which music streaming services are supported?

The Apple HomePod is the firm’s long-overdue foray into the smart speaker market, even if they’re branding it as a high-end audio speaker instead.

Nevertheless, music lovers will appreciate the tech going into the device, but what about supported music services?

Apple has updated its HomePod spec page (h/t: Ars Technica) with “audio sources”, specifically listing Apple Music, iTunes music purchases, Podcasts, iCloud Music Library, Beats 1 Live Radio and Airplay from other Apple devices to the speaker.

In other words, it looks like Google Play Music, Spotify, Deezer and other third-party music streaming services aren’t properly integrated into the HomePod then. You’ll probably want to Airplay third-party content from your iOS device or Mac instead.

Read more: Google Home Mini review – a cheap yet capable smart speaker?

The lack of integration means voice commands via the HomePod will likely not work for these third-party services.

To be fair, Google Home speakers don’t explicitly support Apple’s music services, forcing consumers to use Bluetooth instead. But Google’s speakers do support a few other third-party streaming services, down to voice commands.

Here’s hoping Apple issues updates to enable more third-party support…

Author Bio

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings over seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More