Summary of “Apple HomePod review: locked in”

The Apple engineers I talked to were very proud of how the HomePod sounds, and for good reason: Apple’s audio engineering team did something really clever and new with the HomePod, and it really works.
It’s also very inconvenient to use the HomePod as a TV speaker: you can set an Apple TV to AirPlay to it, but it drops that connection when you play music again, and you have go back into the Apple TV’s settings to select the HomePod again every time.
If your HomePod is in the kitchen and you’re in the basement, anyone can just roll up on the HomePod and have it read your texts.
Anyone can walk up to the HomePod and have it read your texts if you’re not careful during setup This is also baffling: iPhones don’t answer to just anyone saying “Hey Siri” once you’ve trained them to your voice, and the HomePod runs a variant of iOS on an A8 chip, which allows for “Hey Siri” on the iPhone 6 when it’s plugged into the wall.
The biggest limitation of the HomePod is how tightly it’s tied to Apple Music.
In any event, Apple Music doesn’t offer any tools to make importing your Spotify playlists simple, and while I think the HomePod sounds amazing, I don’t think it sounds so good that it’s worth that much pain.
Apple’s ecosystem lock-in is actively working against a remarkable product with the HomePod, and I say that as someone who uses Apple Music as their primary music service.
The HomePod seems designed for a very demanding person who lives alone inside Apple’s ecosystem All of this is why I started thinking of the HomePod as “Lonely.” It feels like it was designed for a very demanding person to use while living alone entirely inside Apple’s ecosystem.

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