As a whole new product, many questions still surround the launch of the HomePod.
One has to do with what the speaker can reproduce. A few days ago, I explained to my xar Rafael Rigues on Facebook that, contrary to what he had understood, HomePod would be an AirPlay receiver like any other.
I think one of the problems with this confusion is that Apple is obviously hitting the Apple Music key a lot when it comes to HomePod. As it does not have any auxiliary / P2 input either, many may even find that they are subscribers to the streaming be able to use it. But not quite.
In a new section on “Audio Sources” on the HomePod Tech Specs page, Apple clarifies that it will be able to play content from the following sources:
- Apple music
- ITunes Store Purchases
- ICloud Music Library for Apple Music and iTunes Match Subscribers
- Rdio Beats 1
- AirPlay (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac)
The first five items may all be ordered by Siri, but for me one of the most important is precisely the last. Via AirPlay, you can have anything play on HomePod including, for example, Spotify songs via your iPhone. For those who don't have one home theaterHomePod can also be used as a powerful speaker for Apple TV.
In addition, it is worth noting that HomePod supports HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16Kbps to 320Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16Kbps to 320Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF , WAV and even FLAC.
In a related note, the 9to5Mac found that future HomePod software updates will all be made by the Home app (Home), where he managed. The interface itself will be similar to what we are used to when updating iOS itself.
HomePod Release Coverage
Thanks Go Imports, O complete coverage of the HomePod launch, putting their hands on the product on February 9th and bringing first-hand videos and articles on everything that permeates the first generation of this new Ma product.
Stay tuned that good thing is coming by! 😉