Apple’s smart speaker, HomePod, will go on sale in
December for $349. People will use it by talking to
Apple wants developers to make Siri apps for the
HomePod, but only in a few categories — messaging, lists,
This means that users won’t be able to tell the HomePod
to play music from Spotify, although Apple’s streaming service,
Apple Music, is supported.
encouraged developers on Monday to make apps for HomePod,
Apple’s new smart speaker that will go on sale before the end of
Because the HomePod does not have a screen, users are expected to
interact with it primarily by talking to it and to Apple’s
voice badistant, Siri.
But the third-party apps that Apple is opening the doors for on
the HomePod are fairly limited — Apple says that only apps
that revolve around messaging, lists, and notes can
integrate with Siri on the HomePod and will use a nearby iPhone
or iPad to process commands.
The lack of music app support means that users won’t be able to
play Spotify on the HomePod the way it was intended — by using
your voice to tell it to play a song. (Users also won’t be able
to order an Uber or Lyft by speaking to the HomePod, or make a
call on Skype, based on the limited app categories.)
Apple Music users, of course, can call up their favorite tracks
or albums by speaking to the smart speaker.
“We are always working to have Spotify available across all
platforms, but we don’t have any further information to share at
this time,” a Spotify representative told Business Insider,
pointing out that users will be able to play Spotify on the
HomePod speaker by using the AirPlay feature from an iPhone or
iPad. Users will control the music by tapping around the Spotify
smartphone app, rather than by using verbal commands.
“Third party apps like Spotify would just play music on HomePod
using AirPlay 2, as we said back in June,” an Apple
representative told Business Insider. AirPlay enables
HomePod to be used like other wireless speakers.
When Apple first opened up Siri to third-party developers it took
a similar approach. At first, Apple limited Siri access to apps
only in a few categories, such as ride-hailing and fitness,
although it expanded the number of categories earlier this
However, Siri still does not support music apps on the
iPhone and Spotify has no Siri features.