Apple first launched its HomePod smart speaker powered by Siri back in January 2018. Coming in at $350, the device wasn’t cheap at all compared to its competitors. And plus, the HomePod was (and still is) very limited and locked to the Apple ecosystem, making it a hard purchase for those who don’t completely rely on Apple’s services, e.g. using Spotify for music streaming.
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And now, Apple is lowering the price of the HomePod worldwide to make it slightly more affordable. The device now sells for $299 in the United States and £279 (down from £319) in the United Kingdom. Apple also seems to have cut HomePod prices by roughly 15% in other regions where the HomePod is available, according to 9to5Mac.
At $299, the HomePod still isn’t cheap for a smart speaker. But considering the HomePod is more on the premium side of the market, that is sort of acceptable (Google’s Home Max is still selling for $399, for example). The only thing that is personally holding me back from purchasing the device is how limited it is to the Apple ecosystem. I want to use Spotify with this thing, but Siri’s Spotify integration is really poor and limited — making the HomePod a hard purchase, even at $299.
<p>Instead of cutting prices, Apple should just claim this was only ever intended for Enterprise and then it’ll be a bona-fide thurrot.com success!</p>
<p><em>"</em><em style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Siri’s Spotify integration is really poor"</em></p><p><br></p><p>Really poor? Siri on HomePod doesn't support Spotify at all. So it isn't really poor so much as non-existent. </p>
<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">apple cut the price… the're desperate part 3</span></p>