Apple’s $350 HomePod smart speaker is finally available to pre-order starting today.
The device will start shipping in two weeks, on February 9. You can buy a HomePod in black or white.
Apple products tend to be fantastic, polished pieces of tech, but there are plenty of reasons you should pass on Apple’s speaker, at least for now. Take a look:
Two of its biggest features won’t be ready until “later this year.”
When Apple unveiled the HomePod late last year, it advertised the ability to pair two HomePods together to create stereo sound, where the HomePods actually detect and communicate with each other to create a balanced sound throughout your living space. It also advertised the HomePod’s support for AirPlay 2, which lets you play the same music, or different songs, in different rooms.
Unfortunately, neither of these features will be available at launch. If these features are important to you, it might be worth waiting until these features finally become available to make your HomePod purchase. By then, you might even be able to find the device on sale.
The voice controls only works with Apple Music. And the paid version at that.
If you, like millions of others, use Spotify to stream all your music, you’ll be out of luck with the HomePod. You won’t be able to ask Siri to play any of your Spotify music; you can, however, beam Spotify to your HomePod through your phone, like you would with any other Bluetooth speaker. Still, this is a notable limitation when HomePod’s competitors, Google’s Home and Amazon’s Echo, both let you stream various music services and interract with them through voice commands, and even set them as the default Read More Here