The HomePod is normally connected to the owner's iOS device, which is used to deliver content and configure the smart speaker. But how can another person easily deliver audio to a nearby HomePod that's not paired to their device? Rest assured, sharing that song with your friend is simple, provided you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Apple Music subscribers have a new option to save $20.88 on their 12-month billing through iTunes. Apple has added an annual individual subscription to the streaming music service that can be selected for $99.00. This shaves a solid 17.4 percent off the monthly rate. Monthly subscriptions to Apple Music run $9.99, which totals $119.88 over an entire year.
Music lovers have a new option for streaming tracks on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Pandora Premium is rolling out to all users, which means it can be added via the Pandora iOS app. The monthly subscription service offers on-demand listening features beyond the lower tier of Pandora Plus and the company's free radio. Beyond creating personalized radio stations that are ad-supported, Pandora Premium represents more competition for rivals Apple Music and Spotify.
Spotify fans, especially those who subscribe to its Premium service, can listen to music across iOS devices. But when it comes to using Spotify on Apple Watch, not so much. This is all set to change according to Snowy developer Andrew Chang, who announced a collaboration with Spotify make his watchOS app official.
Apple could have a variety of cloud-based services up its sleeve for iPhone owners. The company is expected to announce a complete revamp of its current MobileMe service, possibly at the 2011 WWDC in San Francisco this June. With the recent launches of Google's and Amazon's own streaming media services, the time is ripe for Apple to jump in the game.
Rumors have coalesced around the completion of a giant Apple data center in North Carolina as well as a purported email from Steve Jobs claiming that MobileMe is headed for changes. Not only this, but developers have discovered a cloud-based service (codenamed Castle) in the latest developer preview of Lion, Mac OS X 10.7. Apple reportedly even purchased the domain iCloud.com for $4.5 million from a company that has changed its name to CloudMe.