Apple confirms supported audio sources for HomePod

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With HomePod just over one week away from making its debut, Apple has confirmed which audio sources are officially supported. Apple Music and AirPlay are obviously on the list, but there are some big omissions.

It sounds like HomePod will be well worth its $349 price tag for those who care about audio quality. Its cutting-edge technology has been compared to speakers with five-figure price tags. Those who have been lucky enough to try one already say HomePod is outstanding.

Unless you want to listen to Spotify.

HomePod’s supported audio sources

Apple today updated its HomePod webpage to confirm which audio sources are officially supported. Unsurprisingly, third-party streaming services like Spotify and Tidal aren’t on the list. Here’s what is:

We weren’t expecting to see Spotify and other third-party sources here. But it’s important to remember that with AirPlay, you can stream tracks, podcasts, audiobooks and more from unsupported sources to HomePod from your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.

You can’t use HomePod as a traditional Bluetooth speaker, so platforms that don’t support AirPlay are left in the cold. You shouldn’t let that put you off what will likely be an excellent purchase, but it’s a shame HomePod has limitations like the rest of Apple’s devices.

You can still order HomePod from the Apple online store for February 9 delivery. It will also be available to purchase from Apple retail stores and other retailers on the same day.