Bummer, Apple's HomePod speaker may not let you stream Bluetooth audio

Bummer, Apple's HomePod speaker may not let you stream Bluetooth audio
Apple's HomePod smart speaker launch date is fast approaching next week, yet we are just now learning that you won't be able to play audio on it vi... you guessed it... Bluetooth, despite that the HomePod is equipped with the latest high-range, low-power 5.0 version of the wireless connectivity standard. So, what are my options to run tunes on the HomePod, you ask? Well, straight from the newly updated audio sources list that Apple just posted:

While lock-up to the Apple ecosystem could pretty much be expected with ease, a full-bore such effort comes as a tad of a surprise. Thus, while you will be able to stream tunes via the new and improved AirPlay standard, Bluetooth is a no-go, it seems, even from your iPhone, let alone another handset. 

Other options include Apple Music, your library matches in iCloud, Beats 1, podcasts, and the AirPlay's "other content" option likely means stream other music subscription services in a barebones manner. Apple Music subs with Android may have to look elsewhere for their smart speaker needs, it looks like.

source: Apple



1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Overpriced beta smart-speaker.. It's kinda like first AppleWatch, rushed to market with limited features, software updates just can't help it, and then they released AW series1, they named it as if it's their first smart watch, lol.. Probably this year they'll launch a proper version of HomePod and named it "HomePod Series 1", at the same time they also release "HomePod series 2" with stereo speaker.

2. Migster1965

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 19, 2017

An Apple product so locked down you can't even play music via bluettoth or via obscure music apps like spotify? Who would have thought it? All the reason to stay out of the apple ecosystem.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's pretty lol all this. This thing doesn't even qualify as a "smart" speaker. It is barely a dumb speaker at this point.

3. djcody

Posts: 236; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

and thats for only 349$ plus tax :) ohh and score review of 9.9. second generation will get 10 don't worry.

6. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Lmao wow that's insane. What's the point then?!

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wow...really?! I thought this thing was supposed to be good. Over $300...not much bang for the buck.

8. mrochester

Posts: 1036; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Doesn’t airplay give you better quality?

13. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Who cares, if you can't connect any other device other than iPhone and iPad. Whats the point of owning it? Even if you are die hard Apple fan, you certainly have a friend that does not own and Apple product. How will they play you specific song, that they wanted to show off? + It doesn't, there are bluetooth codecs that are same or maybe even better quality than airplay (like LDAC).

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

That's just stupid.

10. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Do Apple have any technology like playing music over AirDrop?? Playing music over AirDrop will be as fine as playing music over BT, if ever it's possible.

15. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 618; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Not airdrop but airplay

11. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nope. No thank you.

12. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Apple is going to learn the hard way this year it can't do the same things it did to screw over people like in the past and even die hard fans will eventually wise up. I just wish another OS was out there like windows, webOS(R.I.P.:'( ). Somethin something fresh something new.

14. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I don't know. I still think it will sell tons, maybe even the best selling, despite the limitations it has.

17. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Selling tons doesn’t mean it a good device... selling tons mean Apple win and customers lose...

16. gamehead unregistered

$350 for a speaker, microphone and siri. No thanks

21. oister85 unregistered

What’s next for apple removed the music player app, force the consumer to pay for listing to music. I think thats the route apple is going.

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