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  • 23 August 2019
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You cav ask Alexa to play any song and it happens if amazon has access to it. I have this book 1001 albums you must hear before you die and flip to a page and pick one.

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Hi @mfd123
You can play any song on prime music on just a regular computer if you are a prime member. Or if you subscribe to Music Unlimited (it's about $10 in the US) you can listen to anything in Amazon's digital database on a regular computer or stream it on your phone, too. You don't need the Alexa enabled devices. Either way,I agree, it is a pretty cool way to be able to discover new music and listen to thing's you'd otherwise never hear. Thank you for mentioning it so more people know about it.

@Halla I use Apple Music, all my music is streamed now and I listen to it through a pair of Homepods that are linked together as stereo speakers  they are balanced and one will alter the volume of both when linked in stereo  they sound great, i sold 4x Sonos Play 5 and replaced with 4x Homepods and couldn’t be happier. I don't have a CD player I stream from my Mac and use the Homepods to also listen to the audio from my Apple TV

I am so glad I saw your post, @Paul . I hadn’t read this thread before. What a clever idea you have to be able to listen to all knids of music now. You never have to worry about scratched or misplaced CDs now!

@Judith well to be honest with you Judy, I have gone for that route because there are a few more pluses than minuses  as reading the article will point out https://www.termsfeed.com/blog/voice-assistants-privacy-issues/#Apple also for the Audio Video side the Apple Homepods are far superior speakers as these links will illustrate https://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1545383058 and this one of which when its sorted I may look into further https://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1548065400 and their specification is far superior to the Amazon Echo range as speakers to being;, on Apple products,

 

 

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HomePod

Size, Weight and Colour

Dimensions:

172 mm high (6.8 inches)

142 mm wide (5.6 inches)

Weight:

2.5 kg (5.5 pounds)

Colour:

Space Grey

White

Audio Technology

  • High-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier
  • An array of seven horn-loaded tweeters, each with its own custom amplifier
  • Six-microphone array for far-field Siri
  • Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction
  • Direct and ambient audio beamforming
  • Transparent studio-level dynamic processing
  • Stereo pair capable

Audio Sources

  • Apple Music1
  • iTunes music purchases
  • iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription
  • Beats 1 live radio
  • Beats 1 live episodes on demand
  • Apple Podcasts
  • AirPlay other content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV or Mac

Audio Formats

HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV and FLAC2

Touch Surface

  • Tap or hold + or – for volume up/down
  • Touch and hold for Siri
  • Tap to play/pause music or Siri
  • Double-tap to skip
  • Triple-tap to skip back

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Learn more

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Wireless

  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
  • Direct guest access3
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Multi-room speaker support with AirPlay 24

System Requirements

  • iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later, or iPod touch (7th generation) with the latest iOS; or iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation or later), iPad Air 2 or later, or iPad mini 4 or later with the latest iPadOS
  • 802.11 Wi‑Fi Internet access
  • Apple Music subscription for full music functionality

Electrical and Environmental Requirements

  • Built-in power supply
  • Line voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
  • Operating temperature: 0° to 35° C (32° to 95° F)
  • Storage temperature: –20° to 45° C (–4° to 113° F)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 90% non-condensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 3,000 metres (10,000 feet)
  • Maximum storage altitude: 4,500 metres (15,000 feet)
  • Maximum shipping altitude: 10,500 metres (35,000 feet)

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Compatibility

iPhone:

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
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  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
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  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
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  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6 Plus*
  • iPhone 6*
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s*

iPad:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7‑inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (7th generation)
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  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air*
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3*
  • iPad mini 2*

iPod touch:

  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • iPod touch (6th generation)*

This is amazing @Paul ! I’m not sure I will invest in this yet, but it’s so good to know about. I will read the articles.

Interesting, @Paul Thank you for sharing that info, although I am no now, nor have I ever been, an audiophile to that extent I am sure others will find the discussion useful. I am using Amazon’s streaming service, but not their speakers, I just run it through the laptop’s speakers or my phone’s. if i am in the car.  And i control it by keyboard, rather than assistant -for a number of reasons I do not want to have to deal with the assistant.

I had a real Ipod many years ago and found that I do not like Apple’s softwear, and , even if I did, they are too pricey for me to afford.

I go with Amazon for the streaming service as much because we have Prime anyway (Amazon delivers to the wilderness and there are lots of things that cannot be obtained locally, so ...) as any real belief that they are any better/worse/whatever than any other service. They do the job.

 

Interesting, @Paul Thank you for sharing that info, although I am no now, nor have I ever been, an audiophile to that extent I am sure others will find the discussion useful. I am using Amazon’s streaming service, but not their speakers, I just run it through the laptop’s speakers or my phone’s. if i am in the car.  And i control it by keyboard, rather than assistant -for a number of reasons I do not want to have to deal with the assistant.

I had a real iPod many years ago and found that I do not like Apple’s software, and , even if I did, they are too pricey for me to afford.

I go with Amazon for the streaming service as much because we have Prime anyway (Amazon delivers to the wilderness and there are lots of things that cannot be obtained locally, so ...) as any real belief that they are any better/worse/whatever than any other service. They do the job.

 

Yes, I have Amazon Prime I subscribed to it when I was a student at  The Open University and have a couple of their Alexa speakers here which I got before Apple released their speakers. I very infrequently use the Amazon speakers, to be honest basically I’m a bit of a purist with media stuff and the thing is I like Apple but if you don't have apple stuff it's not really worth collecting or spending your money on it unless you really like it. I used to volunteer in a Mac forum that's why I have tended to buy it because when I was working I used to have it as part of my expenses and when I retired I'd got so used to it and found it had more scope for me. Good gracious is that the time it's has gone midnight over here so I better be heading off to bed because of im up early tomorrow. goodnight 

Have a good night!

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