How to Use HomePod Without Apple Music

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The Apple HomePod is an innovative home audio device that offers a great sound experience without the need for an Apple Music subscription. With its advanced technology and intuitive design, it’s becomng increasingly popular among tech enthusiasts and music lovers alike. But what if you don’t have an Apple Music subscription? Is it still possible to get the most out of your HomePod?

The answer is yes! While HomePod requires an Apple Music subscription to stream music from Apple Music, there are still plenty of other options available. You can listen to podcasts, stream radio stations, play purchased iTunes tracks, or simply store and play your own music library directly from the HomePod.

Let’s start by talking about podcasts. If you’re a fan of podcasts, you can easily access them on your iPhone or iPad with the Podcasts app and then send them to your HomePod with AirPlay. The sound quality will vary depending on the source material but overall the audio quality should be fairly good.

If you’re looking for more traditional radio listening, thee are several services available that allow you to stream radio stations from all over the world directly to your HomePod. One of these services is TuneIn Radio which allows you to access over 100000 different radio stations in almost every language imaginable. To use TuneIn Radio with your HomePod, simply open up the app on your iOS device and select AirPlay and then choose your HomePod as a destination for playback.

For those who have purchased songs from iTunes, it’s also possible to access them directly from HomePod without an Apple Music subscription. All you have to do is open up iTunes on your Mac or PC and authorize it with your Apple ID so that it can access all of your purchased content. You can then send any song directly to your HomePod via AirPlay and enjoy it in high-quality audio without ever having to leave iTunes!

Finally, if you’ve got a large library of music stored on a hard drive or oher storage device, you can also play this directly through the HomePod using AirPlay as well. All you need is a device capable of running iTunes such as a Mac or PC connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the HomePod and then follow these simple steps:

1) Right click on any song in your library and select ‘Create AAC Version’

2) Select ‘Send To’ > ‘Homepod’

3) Enter in a password when prompted

4) That’s it! Your song will start playing on your Homepod immediately!

As you can see, there are plenty of ways for non-Apple Music subscribers to get the most out of their Apple HomePods without subscribing to their service – making it perfect for anyone looking for great sound quality without having an expensive subscription plan attached!

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Using HomePod Without Apple Music

Yes, you can use the HomePod without Apple Music. You can access free radio-based services such as Pandora and TuneIn, as well as third-party streaming services like Spotify and Amazon Music. These services allow you to stream music from thir libraries without needing to purchase a paid subscription. Additionally, you can also connect your HomePod to your own music library or other audio sources via AirPlay.

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Does the HomePod Mini Require Apple Music?

No, HomePod mini does not only work with Apple Music. It can play audio from any iPhone, iPad, iPod or Apple TV that is connected to the same Wi-Fi network. HomePod mini also plays content from the Apple Music catalog and other streaming music services such as Spotify and Pandora.

Can the HomePod Play Spotify?

Yes, HomePod can play Spotify! To get started, you’ll need to sign in to the same Apple ID on your HomePod and on the device that you use to control it. Once connected, you can ask Siri to play any song, album, playlist or radio station from Spotify by simply saying “Hey Siri, play [song/album/playlist/station] from Spotify”. You can also use AirPlay 2 to stream music from Spotify directly from your iPhone or iPad if you prefer.

Can the HomePod Mini Use Spotify?

Yes, the HomePod Mini can use Spotify. You can stream your favorite music, podcast, or radio station from the Spotify app on your iOS device to your HomePod Mini using AirPlay. You can also ask Siri to play a specific song, artist, album, or playlist from Spotify directly on the HomePod Mini.

Can HomePod Play Music from YouTube?

Yes, HomePod can play YouTube Music. You can ask Siri to play any song, artist, playlist or album from YouTube Music, and you can also access the service directly through Apple’s Home app. Additionally, you can use AirPlay to play music from the YouTube Music app on your iPhone or iPad to your HomePod.

Playing Music Directly From HomePod

To play music directly from your HomePod, you’ll need to use AirPlay on your Apple device. First, make sure that both your HomePod and Apple device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then, open the audio playing app on your device and look for an icon resembling a triangle with three circles around it. This is the AirPlay icon. Tap it to select your HomePod as the output device. You will now be able to play music directly from your HomePod!

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Can a HomePod Mini Be Used Alone?

Yes, you can use a HomePod mini alone. It can play music on its own from a variety of sources and can also be used to play any content usng AirPlay 2. Additionally, it can act as a Home Hub for your HomeKit accessories and provides personalized recommendations. You can also use it as an intercom system between multiple HomePods.


In conclusion, HomePod provides a great audio experience and is a great choice for anyone interested in an Apple-exclusive device. Despite the fact that it does not come with a built-in Apple Music subscription, you can still access your favorite music through iTunes Music purchases, iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match Subscription, Apple Radio, Podcasts, and AirPlay content from iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and Mac. Furthermore, HomePod also supports third-party music sources such as Spotify. Whether you are invested in the Apple ecosystem or not, HomePod offers the perfect solution for all your audio needs.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.