Applestarted shipping its Homepod speaker Friday, and smart speaker competitor Sonos was ready to celebrate - with a tweet that poked fun at Apple, while also pointing to one of the Homepod 's biggest weaknesses.
Early reviewers have often disclaimed their own audio expertise, but have generally opined that the $349 HomePod sounds decidedly superior to the $80 Amazon Echo, similar to or a little better than the $199 Sonos One, and at least a little better than the $399 Google Home Max.
When Siri isn't playing Apple Music mixologist, the virtual assistant can also answer questions.
"The HomePod is a remarkable new kind of audio device", wrote Nilay Patel of The Verge.
Unlike in the Alexa app, meanwhile, there's no log of what Siri heard and what her response was.
Now if only Sonos had made the playlist in Apple Music, so Siri could play it on the HomePod.
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A number of features have yet to arrive before HomePod feels feature-complete. Whether it's how Siri interacts with your other devices, how the assistant helps you hunt down new and interesting content, or just how straightforward HomePod is to control, there are a few important areas that Apple could easily address to improve the user-experience dramatically.
If you don't already have favorite podcasts, mind, HomePod isn't so helpful. You will need an Apple device to set up a HomePod - Apple added HomePod support for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models through iOS 11.2.5 that was released last month. And it's an acknowledgement that, like it or not, there are going to be multiple parties in this space. Third, some functions of HomePod overlap with Siri in iPhone.
However, its Siri and Apple Music exclusivity make it a hard sell as a smart speaker for anyone who isn't fully invested in Apple's ecosystem. The company also chose to compile that playlist on Spotify, for a reason: At this point, Homepod users can't launch Spotify playlists on the device.
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