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 Post subject: Re: HomePod
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:55 pm 
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A stereo pair sounds rather good. I dare not think about the cost. It took some fiddling in Home as they are still shipping them with 11.3 and, of course, that isn't friendly.


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 Post Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:28 pm 
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I see that AirPlay 2 has been rolled out to certain Sonos models. My speakers are too old.

I really should upload my library to iCloud. It is already shared on my mini Server. Apple Music has a few gaps. Tell me, If I do that and change my mind, do I just untick the box Preferences > General > Upload and they are removed?


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:12 pm 
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If you have a HomePod, ask Siri to play Rendezvous by Jean Michel Jarre. Her confirmation shows she can't do French. Well, not from the English voice. I found it comical.


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 Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:11 pm 
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I wouldn't have an Alexa in my house (or the Google more-so) but if you have the Amazon speaker, Apple Music will soon stream on it, if you subscribe. An alternative to HomePod.

https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/apple-music-on-amazon-echo-speakers


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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:05 am 
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Further to my post above, I had the Amazon Music app on my iPad. I didn't use it except the very occasional check on something. Yesterday's update bundled Alexa. The app has gone.

From the update blurb: 'Go hands-free with Alexa! No need to tap, just say “Alexa” wait for the tone, and ask to play music. No searching or browsing required.'

Nahhhh.


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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:38 am 
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I have bought and Echo and and Echo Dot recently. I have found them useful for being able to turn lights on and off - yes I am that lazy. I have also got them to control my Bose speakers which is really useful.

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A little off topic, what light bulb system did you go for? I have Philips Hue in some rooms and Siri does them, as well as the multi-platform HomeKit linked app if I feel like tapping. As you say, useful for on/off and dimming.


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I bought a TP Link bulb because you don’t need to buy a hub for it to be used with Alexa.

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A good reason.


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I'm sure Siri's voice has changed slightly on my HomePod. Not accent or gender, but the tone. It is set to British (Female). It isn't a problem, just an observation.


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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:09 pm 
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loughor wrote:
I'm sure Siri's voice has changed slightly on my HomePod. Not accent or gender, but the tone. It is set to British (Female). It isn't a problem, just an observation.


https://www.macrumors.com/2019/02/13/si ... new-voice/

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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:29 pm 
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Thanks for that. It is probably clearer and more natural, as in that article. As to reply phrases, we'll see.

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