HomePod Gaining Support for Third-Party Music Services

Later this year, Apple is adding third-party music support to the HomePod, which will allow the speaker to work with services like Spotify and Pandora by default.

homepodfeatures
At the current time, third-party music services like Spotify can only be streamed on the ‌HomePod‌ using AirPlay and an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. The new feature will presumably allow Spotify and other music services to be set as the default music service, letting users ask Siri to stream music by specifying "with Spotify" at the end of a request.

Apple didn't mention the tidbit while introducing its new software updates, but the feature was highlighted when Apple was introducing new HomeKit features.

In a ‌HomeKit‌ slide covering the new Home app, there's an icon of the ‌HomePod‌ along that reads "third-party music services." Support for third-party music services was rumored ahead of the release of iOS 14, with Bloomberg suggesting Apple would implement the feature.

The new ‌HomePod‌ software is not available yet, so third-party music service support won't be able to be tested at this time. The ‌HomePod‌ is also getting a new option that will allow ‌Siri‌ to announce when a HomeKit-compatible doorbell is rung.

(Thanks, Chris!)

Related Roundup: HomePod

Top Rated Comments

Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
21 months ago
They won't admit to it, but they've just waved the white flag.

Which begs the question... What is the point of HomePod if Apple isn't bringing any innovation to the market?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wig321 Avatar
21 months ago
Dedicated EQ yet? Why can’t we say “hey Siri turn down the bass”? So frustrating always being in and out of the music eq preset menu.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
its93rc Avatar
21 months ago


no. And use headphones at the beach, no one wants to hear your music


Not all of us visit public beaches, haha. That was just an example. Other examples: I could pair two HomePods or three at a party, or I could use some at my business when sharing a video/etc. It would open the device for much more.

Fanboys like you are annoying. I love Apple, but I'm not a blind sheep applauding a failing product that even Apple does not know what to do with anymore.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
21 months ago

Which begs the question... What is the point of HomePod if Apple isn't bringing any innovation to the market?
HomeKit needs a hub which HomePod is one. Along with amazing sound it provides, seamless setup, and easy to use AirPlay experience.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MauiPa Avatar
21 months ago

They won't admit to it, but they've just waved the white flag.

Which begs the question... What is the point of HomePod if Apple isn't bringing any innovation to the market?
Awesome sound quality?


And now they are another Sonos. I like Sonos better thanks to Alexa.
Alexa is a train wreck


I like my 2 HomePods which I put in stereo mode. But somehow they not accessible from Home App. And you can not reset them when they are joined for stereo. So, I am stuck. They appear as Airplay 2 speakers but since I can not add them to Home I can update them or make any changes.

Anybody run into this and found a solution?
Never heard of your problem. You can reset them


This is a welcomed feature for many. I just wish they'd sell a Portable HomePod (oxymoron?) version. Sometimes I want to bring my HomePod to the beach with me. In fact, they should promote it as a speaker, not a Home device and it'd sell way better. Clearly it's not working as a Home device because its competitors significantly undercut the pricing. Yes, the Homepod is arguably a better product in terms of sound quality but Siri is rubbish.
no. And use headphones at the beach, no one wants to hear your music


They failed to bring people around their vision, so they are just resorting to damage control at this point.
not sure if I catch your meaning. HomePod is a great device, I love Apple Music and Homekit. Doesn't this just open it to more people? Is that a bad thing?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
21 months ago

They won't admit to it, but they've just waved the white flag.

Which begs the question... What is the point of HomePod if Apple isn't bringing any innovation to the market?
I disagree.

HomePod is a platform (it runs a scaled down version of tvOS) and it should be able to stream from services other than Apple Music.

Being able to play "free" Amazon Prime Music would make HomePod more attractive for those that do not like Alexa's privacy policy.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

intel vs m1 max chip purple

Benchmarks Confirm Intel's Latest Core i9 Chip Outperforms Apple's M1 Max With Several Caveats

Wednesday January 26, 2022 8:56 am PST by
Benchmark results have started to surface for MSI's new GE76 Raider, one of the first laptops to be powered by Intel's new 12th-generation Core i9 processor. Intel previously said that its new high-end Core i9 processor is faster than Apple's M1 Max chip in the 16-inch MacBook Pro and, as noted by Macworld, early Geekbench 5 results do appear to confirm this claim, but there are several...
General Dropbox Feature

macOS 12.3 Will Include Cloud Storage Changes Affecting Dropbox and OneDrive

Tuesday January 25, 2022 3:31 pm PST by
Dropbox today announced that users who update to macOS 12.3 once that software version becomes available may temporarily encounter issues with opening online-only files in some third-party apps on their Mac. In a support document and an email to customers, Dropbox said it is actively working on full support for online-only files on macOS 12.3 and will begin rolling out an updated version of...
Apple Watch Red Yellow Green Feature 1

Apple Launches Black Unity Braided Solo Loop With 'Unity Lights' Watch Face

Wednesday January 26, 2022 6:05 am PST by
Apple today announced the Black Unity Braided Solo Loop for the Apple Watch, as well as a new downloadable watch face, to celebrate Black History Month. Following the launch of the limited edition Black Unity Apple Watch Series 6 and Sport Band in 2021, Apple today launched the Black Unity Braided Solo Loop as part of its celebrations for Black History Month this year.Apple is launching a...
ios 15

Apple Releases iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 With Fix for Safari Bug That Leaks Browsing Activity

Wednesday January 26, 2022 10:00 am PST by
Apple today released iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3, the third major updates to the iOS and iPadOS 15 operating systems that were released in September 2021. iOS and iPadOS 15.3 come almost two weeks after the release of iOS and iPadOS 15.2.1, minor bug fix updates. The iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 updates can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in ...
iOS 15

Everything New in iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4: Face ID With a Mask, Emojis, Apple Card Widget, Universal Control and More

Thursday January 27, 2022 12:08 pm PST by
Apple today seeded the first betas of iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4 to developers for testing purposes, adding a slew of new features to the latest iOS operating systems. iOS 15.4 is the biggest update that we've had to iOS 15 to date, and it brings Universal Control, Face ID with a mask, new emojis, and tons more. Face ID With a Mask With iOS 15.4, there is now an option to unlock your iPhone...
mobeewave

Upcoming iOS Update Will Allow iPhones to Accept Credit Cards Directly Using NFC

Wednesday January 26, 2022 6:00 pm PST by
Apple is working on a new payments service that will allow iPhones to accept payments directly on device with no additional hardware, reports Bloomberg. Right now, iPhones can accept credit cards with add-ons like the Square Reader, but Apple's new technology will eliminate the need for a third-party product. Individuals and small businesses will be able to accept payments with the tap of a...
macOS Monterey on MBP Feature

Apple Releases macOS Monterey 12.2 With Safari Vulnerability Fix

Wednesday January 26, 2022 10:19 am PST by
Apple today released macOS Monterey 12.2, the second major update to the macOS Monterey update that launched in October. macOS Monterey 12.2 comes over a month after the release of the 12.1 update, which brought SharePlay support. The ‌‌‌macOS Monterey 12.2‌‌ update can be downloaded on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences. Apple has also...