Apple has provided HomePod beta software to some Apple Seed testers and released a second version of the HomePod update and iOS 14 beta 2 on Tuesday,media CNET reported. An upcoming change means users will be able to automatically play Spotify or Pandora with voice commands on Apple’s smart speaker HomePod without having to ask about the service.
Although it previously could only play music from the company’s own Apple Music service, it said future HomePod tracks would include Spotify, Pandora and other popular services. After Tuesday’s beta update, HomePod users seem to be able to choose one of the services as the default music option.
As Apple confirmed by email, the update allows users to choose a default service for music playback, podcasts, and audiobooks. If this works on Amazon and Google’s smart speakers, instead of requiring HomePod to use a specific service, users simply tell HomePod to play a song and it will search for and play it through your default service.
Currently, users can only use AirPlay to play third-party music on their HomePod, or on an iPhone, iPad or Mac. The new feature could set Spotify and other music services as the default music service, allowing users to ask Siri to play music from Spotify.