Apple has discontinued the HomePod smart speaker and Kirk McElhearn has some thoughts on how it fit, or didn’t fit into the market. Kirk covers both the Siri and the music aspects of the HomePod, why how people listen to music didn’t necessarily align to the HomePod’s capabilities, and suggests some alternatives for replacing that HomePod you might have been buying. He explains why you need to look for an AirPlay 2 compatible speaker, what the differences are between AirPlay 1, AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth, and why you might want to consider an AirPlay 2 receiver if you are serious about music. (Part 1)
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Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iTunes, books, music and more. He is a regular contributor to TidBITS, as well as several other web sites and magazines. He is an avid podcaster who’s shows include The Next Track, The Committed, The Intego Mac Podcast, PhotoActive and The Zen of Everything. You can follow him on Twitter, and visit his personal web site, Kirkville.
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