Apple HomePod speakers getting radio streaming and ambient music mode

Apple have announced a bunch of new features for the HomePod after staying silent on their Smart Speakers at the recent iPhone launch.

Following silence at Apple’s press event last week on their flagship streaming speakers, we now have some updates for the HomePod. Amongst them, live streaming of over 100,000 radio stations will be an available feature by the end of the month.

The new feature, called ‘Siri Live Radio’ gives the HomePod access to over 100,000 radio stations. All stations available from services like iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Radio.com will be included to stream on-demand. Some stations are already available in certain territories but the full launch should be global by the end of September.

A newly announced feature coming to Apple’s HomePod is an Ambient Sounds feature. ‘Relax with Ambient Sounds’ will bring a new option for users to tune in to the relaxing sounds of oceans, birds, rainfall, and more to tune out with. It’s a good move as ambient music and sounds on streaming services are becoming increasingly popular.

The final feature which Apple promise will come later in fall is ‘Music Handoff’. This allows you to quickly switch between Apple devices to move your music streaming experience. So if you’re listening on your iPhone, you can take it up to your HomePod and hold it close to be presented with the option to transfer the stream over.

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