Poll results: HomePod gets little love, but supporting Spotify might fix that

Poll results: HomePod gets little love, but supporting Spotify might fix that
The Apple HomePod is out and reviewers and early adopters are all enjoying its spatially-calibrated audio. It's an impressive piece of hardware for sure, but it suffers from a couple of limitations. It's no surprise that Apple released a product that is locked to its ecosystem — HomePod can only stream music from Apple Music. But the point is driven further by the fact that there's no aux jack and you can't connect to it via Bluetooth. You only get to send audio to it via Apple's AirPlay.

With its omnidirectional audio and deep bass, the HomePod is great on sound, but the fact that it is so deep in Apple's ecosystem understandably ticks some people off. So, we decided to ask you:

Would you buy the HomePod if it worked on 3rd party streaming services like Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, Pandora, et cetera?

And here are the poll results:

Would you buy the HomePod if it streamed from 3rd party services?

Yes, I would
17.59%
I might consider it then
23.62%
No, no, still a no
53.77%
I don't care for that, I've already got / am buying one!
5.03%

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15 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I still dont see any use for one of these smart speakers but without spotify, its never going to enter my head.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What kills me is this thing has Bluetooth, but won't allow you to connect anything via Bluetooth to it. Only AirPlay is supported. So you have to AirPlay over all the different things you want to play. Even the Google Home and Home mini, and Amazon Echo and Dots all allow Bluetooth pairing. At the end of the day you can get better much better options than Apples table staining restricted HomePod.

9. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This is one product I will not be touching even as an Apple fan.

10. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

There is hope for you then.

13. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

huh? what do you mean exactly? Let me guess, because i prefer certain apple products im now a blind sheep right?

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's best to ignore the dumbass above. Feeding him will only encourage the behavior... kinda like a stray dog.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 811; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

"but supporting Spotify might fix that". Not happening in this world. Stop writing nonsense.

14. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

how is that nonsense if the second place response was directly related to that.

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

The only brand in the world who would launch a smart speaker in 2018 without an aux jack and bluetooth is Apple. This kind of behaviour is exactly why i wouldn't go with Apple products, and i don't see how other people aren't annoyed by it, instead of simply giving them even more money. I wouldn't really buy a smart speaker with Siri. It doesn't matter if it has great sound quality, as i can easily gain better sound for my money with normal speakers, if smart functionality isn't important for me. If Smart functionality is important to me, then i wouldn't buy the homepod, as its smart capabilities are outperformed in every single way, by what both the Google Home series and Amazon Echo series offers. If i wanted a sound system that has both good smart functionality and a great sound, then i would either get the Google Home Max, or a make my stereo smart by buying a Google Home Mini and hooking that up to it, through the aux jack, which the Homepod doesn't have. Both solutions are superior to the Homepod, as a smart speaker(s).

7. GJM1991

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2018

Devices designed to trap and a platform designed to cost. You can't even compare Apple & Android. Android people would never tolerate paying more for less.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Doesn't really seem worth the price. Just remember, you have 14 days to return it, in most places.

11. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

i feel like it's not enouh, what of spotify glitches or youre internet is down for whatever reason, or what about wanting to call someone someone and using the homepogd in your kitchen as a phone since its designed for that. Marble or granite floors and pluging into a center consolw like a countertops

12. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The homepod sounds good, but no better then some of the others that offer a lot more for less money. Yes, I did check them out at BB.

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Going to take a lot more than just Spotify for me to even consider this half baked solution

17. stijnvbml

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

I would buy it if it had Spotify support, since I prefer using Spotify over Apple Music. It looks terrific and probably sounds that way too. I would prefer an underperforming Siri integration over Google Assistant (Alexa is not available in my country, nor most Amazon services), since I prefer macbooks and iPhones over the competition. If they would just add Spotify, I would buy it.

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