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The Problems with Apple's HomePods

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The HomePod is okay, but not really. Chris's comment in his review is, I think, spot on: 

 

"Don't fool yourself into thinking this is an audiophile product. It's a me too voice control product that happens to play audio."

 

https://kirkville.com/the-problems-with-apples-homepods/


I write about Macs, iTunes, music, and more at Kirkville.

Author of Take Control of iTunes 12

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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I’m using iTunes to stream my local files to a stereo pair of Homepods and Apple’s  iPad Remote app to control it, but I know that will not be an option when I update. 

 

Have you heard how the Homepods in a stereo pair will work with Catalina?  Can you control Apple Music on a Mac with an iPad app like Remote or only stream to the Homepods from the iPad?

 

Thanks!

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Thank you. 

 

 iTunes was the only way to stream local files to a HomePod stereo pair. I’m glad Apple Music will do this and that the Remote app can control it.

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Does upgrading to Catalina remove this limitation?

 

If it does, great. If not, will the Apple Music app on a Mac be able to stream to a stereo pair of HomePods?

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Updated to Catalina.  Using Apple Music. 

 

The Remote app can see the music library, but won't start playback (tapping play or a song doesn't do it).

 

Is there a way to get this working?

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19 hours ago, Snowdog said:

Is there a way to remotely control Apple Music on the Mac that is similar to the way iTunes Remote controlled iTunes?

With the Remote app. But if you're doing that, you might as well just control in from the Music app on your iOS device. 


I write about Macs, iTunes, music, and more at Kirkville.

Author of Take Control of iTunes 12

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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I’m still having trouble with this:

 

On 10/9/2019 at 11:00 AM, Snowdog said:

Updated to Catalina.  Using Apple Music. 

 

The Remote app can see the music library, but won't start playback (tapping play or a song doesn't do it).

 

Is there a way to get this working?

 

Will keep trying. 
 

Thank you. 

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