Pandora Update Adds HomePod Support

Prior to the launch of the HomePod mini, Pandora today updated its app designed for iOS devices to add in HomePod integration. ‌HomePod‌ support for Pandora was a feature that Apple promised would come in software updates this fall, right alongside iOS 14.

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With the Pandora ‌HomePod‌ integration, ‌HomePod‌ owners (and future ‌HomePod mini‌ owners) can ask Siri to play content directly from Pandora as an alternative to Apple Music. Prior to iOS 14, ‌HomePod‌ was designed to work only with ‌Apple Music‌, and third-party music services needed to be streamed to ‌HomePod‌ using AirPlay.

According to Pandora, ‌HomePod‌ integration requires the latest version of the Pandora app. Once it's installed, open the Pandora app on an iPhone or an iPad, and then select Profile > Settings > Connect With ‌HomePod‌ > Use in Home to get it working. Music can be requested from Pandora by adding "on Pandora" to any ‌Siri‌ request for a song.

Apple also allows third-party music services to be set as the default service instead of ‌Apple Music‌. Pandora can be added as the default music app by opening up the Home app on the ‌iPhone‌, tapping on the Home icon, selecting Home Settings, tapping on your avatar and then tapping to set the default service to Pandora. Other music services like Spotify will also likely implement ‌HomePod‌ support in the future now that Apple allows it.

Pandora can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Top Rated Comments

Unggoy Murderer Avatar
16 months ago
Meanwhile, here's Spotify claiming that Apple have a monopoly and require users to use Apple services.



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haganah Avatar
16 months ago
Now if only Spotify hurries up and integrates with SiriKit ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/sirikit') or whatever they need to do, I'll be super happy.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kermit262 Avatar
16 months ago
Big news. I want to give HomePod minis for Xmas gifts this year but not all recipients have Apple Music. This is a welcome change.
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PickUrPoison Avatar
16 months ago

Now if only Spotify hurries up and integrates with SiriKit ('https://developer.apple.com/documentation/sirikit') or whatever they need to do, I'll be super happy.
Could easily take them a year or more based on their support of Apple Watch offline playback and direct streaming. They like to bitch about Apple but when it comes to supporting Apple devices, they’re like, Apple who?
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deaddog Avatar
16 months ago
^Agreed. I’ve tried all the streaming services and always come back to Pandora. Much better algorithms for radio stations. I’ve found more music through this service that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Glad to see them move quick to add HomePod support too.
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greenbreadmmm Avatar
16 months ago

I have almost forgot about Pandora .
Ironically they're the only company other than Apple offering full watch support and now first to HomePod.

I gotta say, they still have the best music algorithm for channels.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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