How to: Play mu­sic on a HomePod with­out sub­scrib­ing to Ap­ple Mu­sic

Karen Khan ex­plains how to play Spo­tify, Ama­zon Mu­sic and iTunes tracks from your iPhone via the HomePod

Macworld - - HOW-TO -

If you have an Ap­ple Mu­sic sub­scrip­tion al­ready you will have ac­cess to 45 mil­lion songs that can be played from your HomePod. You don’t have to have a sub­scrip­tion to use the HomePod, though. You could stream your iTunes li­brary (as long as

you have a sub­scrip­tion to iTunes Match and have turned on iTunes in the Cloud).

You don’t have to pay for any sub­scrip­tion though: you can also use AirPlay to stream mu­sic di­rectly from your iPhone to the HomePod, from iTunes, Spo­tify, Ti­dal or Ama­zon Mu­sic, for ex­am­ple. Fol­low the steps be­low to stream mu­sic from your iPhone or iPad straight to the HomePod via AirPlay.

Stream mu­sic us­ing AirPlay

It should be sim­ple to stream mu­sic to your HomePod from any app, not just iTunes.

1. Swipe up to ac­cess Con­trol Cen­tre on your iOS de­vice.

2. Press and hold on the au­dio card icon.

3. Tap the icon that looks like a tri­an­gle with loops.

4. You should see the HomePod ap­pear in the list be­low.

Stream mu­sic from Spo­tify

1. Open Spo­tify on your iPhone or iPad. If you don’t have the app you can down­load it from the App Store.

2. Find the track you want to play. (If you aren’t all that fa­mil­iar with Spo­tify we have some tips be­low this sec­tion which should help you find mu­sic).

3. Tap on De­vices Avail­able at the bot­tom of the screen.

4. Tap on More De­vices.

5. Now Choose the HomePod, which should ap­pear with a name based on the room it is lo­cated in You won’t have ac­cess to all the Siri fea­tures if you are us­ing AirPlay, but the HomePod will still use the built in tech­nol­ogy to play the mu­sic as the artist in­tended, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple.

Stream mu­sic from Ama­zon Mu­sic

1. Open Ama­zon Mu­sic on your iPhone.

2. Find the track you want to play.

3. Tap on the AirPlay icon at the bot­tom of the screen.

4. Tap on the HomePod, which should ap­pear with a name based on the room it is lo­cated in.

You won’t have ac­cess to all the Siri fea­tures if you are us­ing AirPlay, but the HomePod will still use the built in tech­nol­ogy to play the mu­sic as the artist in­tended, ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple.

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