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HomePod is a breakthrough speaker that senses its location and tunes the music to sound amazing wherever you are in the room. Together with Apple Music, it gives you access to over 45 million songs. And with the intelligence of Siri, it's a helpful home assistant for everyday tasks, and for controlling your smart home accessories - all with just your voice. Welcome HomePod.

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    • Apple HomePod
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (678 out of 752)

    Features


    Breakthrough speaker with amazing sound

    Spatial awareness that senses its location

    Built to bring out the best in Apple Music

    Learns what you like based on what you play

    Intelligent assistant helps with everyday tasks

    Controls your smart home accessories

    Requires iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 11.2.5 or later for setup.

    Siri works with Apple Music. Subscription is required for Apple Music.

    Only HomeKit-enabled devices can be controlled by HomePod.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 752 reviews

    90%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Impressive

      Posted
      Monergist123
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This speaker sounds amazing. I have a full Sonos 5.1 (Playbar, subwoofer, and two Sonos 1's) setup in my living room. Last night, I brought the HomePod into the living room to do a side by side test. While the $350 HomePod is not as good as the $1800 Sonos surround system, it really held its own. Unsurprisingly, the Sonos offers more separation of sounds. There's over a dozen combined tweeters and woofers in the setup, physically located throughout the room. In spite of the HomePod's distinct disadvantage, it still sounded good in comparison. I was expecting it's sound like a transistor radio next to the Sonos system, but it didn't. There's a $1400 difference between these systems, but the sound difference doesn't sound like a $1400 difference. It sounds like maybe a couple hundred dollar difference. The great thing about this speaker is how it can get loud without sounding like it's getting loud. The tones stay clean and undistorted. Thought it's one speaker, it distributes the sound throughout the room. If you were blindfolded, you could certainly tell the sound is coming from one point, but that's always the case unless you have a surround system. I've also owned the Google Home Max. I liked that I could get a family plan for Google Play Music and not really pay any more per month because we're also Youtube Red subscribers. One less subscription in my life is a good thing. However, the Max almost never worked as advertised. I was constantly on the phone with support, who did a valiant job trying to fix my problems (the speakers would no longer take casts from my phone, music uploaded to the Google servers would not play via voice commands, and multiroom was intermittent). On the sound front, the Google Home Max sounded great playing anything with lots of bass. If you're into dance music, rap, RnB, etc., and don't mind the bugs I've listed above, then maybe the Max is for you. My main complaint with the Home Max sound was that it sounded loud, even if it wasn't turned up all the way. I'm tempted to say it overplayed the mids, but I'm not a true audiophile. Maybe that's why I didn't think it sounded that great playing rock/metal/jazz. I've found the HomePod matches the Max in those categories of music, while soundly bettering the Max in playing rock, classical, and jazz. People make much of the Max's bass, but I think the HomePod delivers a better bass with less distortion, especially at loud volume. Now, there's Siri. She's a mess at most things. However, when it comes to getting music to play on the HomePod, she's quite good. Google Home and Alexa might know more, but Siri is better than both of them when it comes to responsiveness for playing music. When I had the Home Max, I'd have to yell at it in the morning to turn off my alarm (I also had white noise playing in the room as it helps me sleep). You have to speak about as loudly with the Home Max as the music it's playing. With the HomePod, I can whisper for her turn off my alarm and she gets it. Would I ask her for directions, or who's playing in the game tonight? Or add an event to my calendar? Or set multiple timers? No. I wouldn't. She's not that smart. But, asking her to play a song from my music library or shut off an alarm? Absolutely. Much has been made of the fact that HomePod doesn't "support" Spotify. However, that's only true in the sense that you can't voice command Siri to play your Spotify playlist. You can play media from any app that supports Airplay. That includes Spotify, Audible, podcast apps, and even Google Play Music. Much has been made of the fact that HomePod doesn't support Bluetooth, to which I say, good! Bluetooth is a horrible technology, and anyone who's struggled to get their phone to play nice with the Bluetooth setup in their car knows exactly what I'm talking about. Airplay is a much superior technology and Bluetooth should go away. I'm giving 5 stars because I'm completely satisfied with my purchase and plan on getting more of them in the future (I have two right now). It's not a perfect speaker, but it does what I want it to do without hassle and it does it well. Pros: - World class sound for a small speaker. - Attractive design. - Easy setup. - Works as advertised without constant calls to customer support. - The speaker has great ears and can hear you whisper commands. - Executes music related commands extremely well. - Doesn't support Bluetooth but executes via Airplay flawlessly. Cons: - No multiroom yet. (Apple has promised it in Airplay 2) - No multi HomePod stereo. (Again, promised in Airplay 2) - Siri is a poor excuse for a personal assistant. It can't make calendar events or multiple timers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great Sound; Limited Functions

      Posted
      Krahnin
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Pros: - Sound quality is great; far superior to my existing Echo. - Product feels high quality, all the way down to the fabric textured power cable. I’d have been upset if this came with the generic Apple plastic white cable that inevitably gets dingy/yellow and begins to fray. - You can use other music services outside of Apple Music (via AirPlay), just not natively. I’d prefer natively, but listing this as a pro because I have seen some misleading posts saying services like Spotify cannot be used at all. That is incorrect. Cons (most regard it severely lacking as a smart speaker): - Cannot set multiple timers. Especially when cooking, I’ll often have multiple timers going on my Echo. - Inability to recognize different people. This one is especially annoying if you want to be able to receive/send calls or texts through the HomePod. The speaker is linked to my phone. Even if I’m not around, anyone with access to the speaker can send or receive messages from me (if the option is enabled), despite the fact they are not me. My options are to either disable the feature entirely, or be aware that anyone (friend or family) who is near the HomePod, would have unfettered access to my messages/calls. - Siri in general is lacking. For instance, if I ask Siri if it is going to rain, all I get is a “yes” or a “no”. If I ask Alexa the same thing, I get a percentage chance of rain and expected amounts. Several other instances, but just one example. - No ability to use other music services (i.e. Spotify, Tidal, etc.) natively with the device. As listed above, it is doable through AirPlay, but this comes at the cost of more in depth voice commands. - Was foolishly hoping the Nest would become HomeKit compatible since Apple made HomeKit authorization digital now (no longer requires physical hardware). That is not the case. Another thing to keep in mind, Apple’s control over smart home items is limited to HomeKit devices. More may come soon with recent changes to HomeKit, but if you have anything from Google (like the Nest) don’t get your hopes up and factor into your purchase decision. Conclusion: Overall, the speaker is great, for a speaker. As an introduction to a smart speaker? Not so much. I would only recommend this (currently) to users who are subscribers to Apple Music, primarily use Apple mobile devices, and who have HomeKit enabled devices. Many of my complaints can be resolved via over the air software updates. However, I’d say don’t buy and wait for that to happen, wait for that to happen and THEN buy. Apple is far less likely to address these complaints if they get solid sales of the device out the door.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      HomePod is for me, sorry Google Max.

      Posted
      SaintJMV04
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I started out with a HomePod. Eventually, I caved after reading all of these reviews on the Google Home Max and returned the HomePod to purchase the Max. I ended up regretting it of course and went right back to the HomePod after just over a week. The Google Home Max certainly feels premium and it sounds great if you sit right in front of it, but that's not ideal when moving about the home/room. Also, in the space allocated in my room, it just didn't look or sound right. The speaker sat on a desk in my room (reference photos) and then angled across the room to another much larger corner desk. The sound was inconsistent, but very pleasant if I sat directly in front of it. I enjoyed interacting and learning various aspects of Google Assistant… indeed, quit a bit more enjoyable to use than Siri outside of basic commands. I also appreciated that there was a lot of smart home support and that I could purchase cheaper Home Minis to set around the house and not break the bank. I had planned on even converting to an android phone just for better support with Google Assistant and the pursuit of a smart home (glad I didn't, actually upgraded to the iPhone X instead of S9 after ultimately deciding on the HomePod). Well, the Google Home Minis could hardly respond or hear me with music playing (they performed fairly well in a silent room). Unfortunately, the same occurred with the Google Home Max. Voice commands became a disappointing chore and I didn't like walking up to the speakers and strategizing how they could best hear me to respond since they were hit or miss when the speakers were actively playing sound... this was the fatal flaw for me… Yelling at the speaker while playing music to get a response was ridiculous. Also, there's no text support as of yet with the Google Home Max. Siri offered text support and I use it fairly regularly. I would appreciate it if the HomePod added support for initiating calls by voice as well. I also liked that Google could differentiate between various users. At the end of the day though the HomePod won my heart with such effortless and seamless use. I enjoyed being able to talk with a normal tone and use commands with Siri hearing every word while I studied to soft music, added reminders, requesting business close times and phone numbers to local stores/restaurants, giving basic calculations, listening to the news or just jamming out to an upbeat song. Another refreshing aspect of the HomePod is that it just sounds consistently amazing anywhere I am in the room and that's an all new experience for me with any sound system. It also looks descent nearly anywhere I place it due to the circular/tubular design… I appreciate not having to angle/position it. Ultimately, I choose HomePod because it just works, and it works well as a music player that can share basic info, text, set reminders/timers. My impressions were that Siri is borderline mindless compared to Google's AI, but Siri is dependable, understands me the first time and works flawlessly and beautifully with what she does do. She does most of the basic tasks I need. There may be hope for Siri in the future in regard to the lacking intelligence. Apple most certainly has the financial resources, won't sit ideally by, has the manpower to improve Siri in due time. I ask Apple to improve these things: A more interactive and intelligent Siri. Add ability to add events to a calendar. Add support for multiple users. Cheaper speakers for smart home use. Add the ability to call out with voice commands.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Its not a speaker, its an "experience." Buy

      Posted
      Brentwood
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I have never been reserved about investing in new Apple products, up until now. This product had me perplexed, but my curiosity got the best of me. I pre-ordered, cancelled, then pre-ordered again and received the product on Feb 9, despite shipping info that it would be Feb 12. I am a "modified" audiophile. Having grown up in the 70's, I experienced and purchased all things audio. Albums, tapes, CD's, and hardware. Was dissapointed with the degradation in audio quality. Digital files killed me, but it is what it is, or was? I gave up my "heavy" audio equipment a few years ago and went to a home of small pods that were supposed to sound "amazing." and be accessible in a digital fashion. None of them excited me, but they did the trick. I went through B&O, B&W Zeppelins, etc... It all sounded great, but not soul filling. Opened the Homepod from Apple and set it up. It was totally easy to set up, but confusing to understand where in my "space" to put it. I chose a corner. After the setup, it took a day to appreciate the sound quality. It was different, not good or bad, just something my ears have not heard or been used to. Played with different genres of music to get a better feel for it. Miles Davis, Journey, Coldplay, Brad Paisley, Led Zeppelin, and of all things, the Churches (who have amazing electronic music). It almost felt like the Homepod needed a day to "breathe" and get its lungs. The Homepod woke up, and started to provide amazing sound that I cant describe, just amazing depth. This is a "small" speaker, but the sound that comes out of it is not only unreal (for its size) but beats anything I have owned before. I am embarrassed to say that I want to gift my B&W zeppelin and B&O small BT speakers to family, because they served me well for a while. No matter where I am in my home, I never have to yell at the homepod. Its a simple "Hey Siri, do this" and it gets done. I have not had any mistakes out of the voice recognition, which simply amazes me. I have been yelling at Amazon Echo's from 20 feet away to get a simple task done. I would suggest buying this, easily. I am still amazed at what Apple did with the sound quality and its ability to "listen carefully" to commands. So far, so good. I am a firm believer Apple is poising this device to take over home automation. This is a test period for them to understand what HP capabilities are.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      For Apple enthusiasts!

      Posted
      Banks
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The HomePod is something really special that will expand its options as updates come available over time. The sound on this impeccable piece of engineering is absolutely INCREDIBLE. I’m a audiophile at heart. I have to have the best of the best when it comes to sound. This has 7-speakers that offer crisp and clear keynotes that can make you hear things that you normally couldn’t in the smart speaker world. I also have a Sonos and believe me when I say this that the sound comparison between the Apple’s HomePod and the Sony’s Sonos has a marginal gap. I was blown away by how impressive the HomePod sounds. The microphone also has pretty good range. I was 3 rooms away and Siri picked up what I said (with kids running in the background) and played 80s Rock. That was impressive for a small but heavy speaker. Speaking of heavy. That is due to the magnet that is in this speaker. The bass that comes from this thing is MIGHTY impressive. I’ve had friends come over during the weekend and they never guessed it was coming from the HomePod. They thought it was my Bose Home Theatre system that I usually have on. Needless to say they were blown away as it knows where it’s sitting by using sound waves reporting back to the device so that’ll it’ll adjust to any room setting. On another note. This is is limited for now. If you don’t think Apple won’t open the HomePod up to other apps and add new features then you obviously don’t know Apple. For now if you can be a little patient until Apple releases updates this year and can just admire the sound quality the HomePod has then its for you. It’ll eventually be able to connect to other devices within time. Everyone just has to be patient. That shouldn’t stop anyone from buying a speaker to listen to music via Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. Overall, The HomePod is an incredible sounding machine. Apple spent 6 years in development to get the sound perfect and they did just that. Now they will focus on updates throughout the year to improve what’s already THE best sounding device in my home. Go get one especially if you’ve invested in iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Meh... just meh... Who cares what Siri can do?

      Posted
      Matt0223
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought the HomePod knowing it had many limitations including the fact that if you used anything but AppleMusic, you were screwed. No problem because AppleMusic is all I use. After hearing a display unit, I decided that the sound quality was good enough. My biggest issue with any single speaker is the lack of stereo separation. There's nothing worse to me than muffled, crappy sound quality. The HomePod sounds good for most songs. I'm a fan of the 70's and early 80's singer/songwriter stuff and some of it just doesn't sound all that good on this thing. AppleMusic's collection doesn't help in that volume levels are all over the place. Huge inconsistencies require that you turn on sound check which may have something to do with the sound quality. I bought the HomePod after iOS 11.3 was released. This version allows for controlling the HomePod from an iOS device like your iPhone, but figuring out how to get to it was a pain. Once you know, it isn't horrible. Unfortunately, if you have an AppleWatch, the only way to use it to control the HomePod is to first connect to the HomePod from you iPhone. The problem is that the connection isn't stable and doesn't last. Within a song or two, you have to go back through the steps of connecting to the HomePod. Very annoying and frustrating. While the concept of just telling it to play something custom for you is nice, there are times when I want a specific playlist, and I want to pick the playlist from a device. I also want to control the volume from a device rather than having to speak my command. This is especially important if I'm on a call and perhaps the next track is a bit too loud. I can't pause the caller and say "Hey Siri, volume down". And due to the fact that the iPhone won't stay connected to the HomePod, you have to go through all the stupid steps of connecting to it before you can turn the volume down. I have also been experiencing issues with the HomePod just stopping. This mostly happens when I've connected my iPhone and then chosen a playlist. It will play one song and then start to play the next track and go silent. I either pickup the phone and press play (or go through the steps to reconnect it first and then press play) or I yell "Hey Siri Play". And yes, I yell it because I'm so frustrated and annoyed by that point. I personally don't care how limited Siri is. I own an Echo and quite frankly rarely use it as I find it annoying. All I care about is playing my music on a good to great sounding speaker, and being able to control that music with a device, be it my iPhone or AppleWatch. Until things change, HomePod is a bummer and waste of money. Due to the technology inside, I believe the device has the potential to be great, but who wants to wait for Apple, especially since they never share timelines or specifics as to updates. I've decided this thing is going back to the store. Being an early adopter with new Apple tech is just not worth it anymore.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Remember when Apple Anticipated Needs? Not anymore

      Posted
      Leslie
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I'm extremely dissapointed in the lack of thought put into "families" using homekit and homepod. There is not an option to this date STILL for having more than one "owner" of a "homekit home" so even if my partner sets up the home in homekit for a home we both share and own and sends me an invite where I can edit and add devices I am still considered a "guest" in my own home. This made me mad but didn't really cause too much of an issue UNTIL I purchased the overpriced HomePod not-so-smart speaker as a surprise today for my fiance who is out of town for 5 weeks. I rushed to pick it up.... I rushed it back home... I opened it with excitement to set it up and guess what? I am not "allowed" to add it to my homekit and set it up because I'm not the "owner" of the "home". He11 if I'm not. The not so smart suggestion from the apple card on my screen tells me to simply have the "owner" use his phone to set it up. Oh really? He is currently in Guam. EVEN if I did have him set it up or if I sign into my ipad or one of the iphones here as him and set it up I have read that it completely makes it worthless for anything more than a speaker at home for the rest of us. It's personalized to that user for reading their texts and setting appointments etc so my own playlists and using it for anything more than just airplaying or requesting a song it is not able to do. How is it that my phone can recognize my face but a speaker that can hear and answer you from across the room with the volume all the way up cannot determine if I'm "owner 1" or "owner 2" For a fraction of the price other hubs have this technology. So my alternative? I can set up another home on my phone and set it up but I can't add any of my homekit appliances, lights, switches, outlets, (and we have several as avid apple people) to this "home" without losing them from the other homekit "home". It's like it was created as a glorified speaker for single people who don't like to share. I'm really furious, honestly. I expected forward thinking and insight. I expected this EXTREMELY obvious issue to be thought of in advance. I expected quality and more from apple especially with how late they are to the Home Hub party. I envisioned having one in the bedroom, living room and kitchen. Ambient sound throughout where he can have his music playing in the bedroom and ask siri to play a video on the apple tv (which it cannot do wtf) while I listen to my music in the kitchen while cooking and then ask siri to call my mom so I can ask about a recipe (it can't do that either) meanwhile in the living room the kids ask siri about the weather (which is one of the few things it seems to be able to do) How did this get released and miss the mark by so very much? I don't think my vision is anything beyond what should be expected. I'm willing to pay for 3 of the darn things but somehow they cannot get the basic functionality that other hubs can provide. But it sounds good? Yeah, I wouldn't know since I'm not allowed to set it up, at least not in the way that I had wanted. The design is pretty. Good thing it's round since google and alexa are running circles around it.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Apple really missed the mark on this one.

      Posted
      gadgeteer
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Trying to use one of these in a business environment was such a process. In most business/enterprise/education environments you have to enroll devices -- this is a network security feature that only allows registered devices access to the network. Devices are usually identified by their MAC address (no relation to Apple). It could be super easy to just print this on the box or on the product where the serial number is (btw who's idea was it to print all the text in the same color as the base of the HomePod? -- it's literally like those undercover police cars that say "Police" in a way to where you can barely see it from the right angle). So began the tedious task of trying to hunt down the MAC address. Before I could even begin the setup failed because it wanted me to enable two-factor authentication and sign into my iCloud. There should be a way to choose a mode -- consumer or commercial (enterprise/education) that bypasses these two requirements. Because i setup my Apple ID a long time ago, I had to go thru and reset my security questions and then answer them to proceed. Then I had to turn on my iPhone's hotspot and source a second iPhone to use to actually set up the HomePod. After that process was completed, I had to use a Mac (computer) and connect the Mac to my iPhone's hotspot which after downloading an app called Network Scanner (by Trend Micro) finally revealed the Mac address for the HomePod. This whole last step with the Mac could've been eliminated if Apple would provide a way to see devices connected to the personal hotspot on iPhone, like Android phones do. Nonetheless, after getting the MAC address and registering it with the network, I had to restore the HomePod and go thru the setup process again to actually get it on the WiFi now. The average person isn't that committed or technical to spend an hour trying to do all the things you need to do to get a HomePod working in a secure networking environment and nowadays with a lot of business technologies slowly making their way into home network devices (i.e. mesh networks, cloud networking) it's becoming more of a reality that this (MAC address filtering) is something you may run into. While I understand these extra protocols if you're going to be using your HomePod with home automation devices, it seems like a lot of extra, extra for someone just wanting to stream music from iPhone/iPad/Mac to a speaker wirelessly. And at a steep premium even so. After setting it up, the audio was impressive, immersive and had just the right amount of punch for bass. At times though, it seemed like the audio was really coming out at about a 45 degree angle versus a 180 or 360 that's advertised.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews

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    • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Gareth Beavis on September 25, 2018
      Apple HomePod review
      Superb sound, so-so smart speakerFull Review
    • CNETRating, 4 out of 5Megan Wollerton on September 17, 2018
      Apple HomePod sounds superb within Apple's walled garden
      The HomePod delivers amazing audio quality, but this pricey speaker is an iOS-only device that effectively requires an Apple Music subscription.Full Review
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      New skills mean not only is the Apple HomePod the best-sounding smart speaker we've heard, it's now much smarter as well.Full Review
    • PCMagRating, 3.5 out of 5Sascha Segan, Tim Gideon on June 5, 2018
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      The HomePod excels as a high-quality smart speaker for listening to Apple Music, but trails behind Amazon and Google when it comes to voice control.Full Review
    • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Evan Kypreos on June 4, 2018
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      Apple's HomePod is the best-sounding smart speaker around. It's a shame that Siri and tied down software make it a frustrating buy.Full Review



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