Apple’s HomePod to Support Other Music Services, Doorbell Announcements

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Nearly 2.5 years after launching its HomePod smart speaker, Apple is going to finally allow third-party music services on the device.

During Apple’s WWDC 2020 keynote presentation, the company’s slide deck giving an overview of new Home features included mention of “third-party music services” for HomePod (via 9to5Mac).

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Back in February, Bloomberg reported support for third-party services would be coming, meaning those subscribed to a service such as Spotify will be able to stream from the speaker.

Other enhancements coming to HomePod include doorbell announcements, similar to what a Google Mini/Nest Mini can do when linked to a Nest Hello doorbell.

HomePod’s beta software is not available today, unlike the rest of Apple’s betas for developers.