Apple Updates iTunes for HomePod

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Pre-orders for the device will start on Friday, January 26th, if you're interested in pre-ordering.

When it was first announced in June 2017 at WWDC, Apple executives touted the HomePod's sound quality and acoustic modelling capabilities in an attempt to target music lovers who are looking for a more powerful speaker. Although it was supposed to be available in December, the company pushed the shipping date to early this year.

HomePod, the first new Apple product of 2018, is about to arrive.

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The feature is nearly certainly one that was developed for Apple's smart HomePod speaker, so expect it to appear there when the device launches early next month. While Apple certainly has legions of loyal fans around the globe, many of them have probably already hopped on the voice-assisted speaker bandwagon with a device powered by Amazon or Google. Unofficially, that is roughly £247 in the United Kingdom and €282 in the eurozone, but Apple ultimately prices its devices according to each market. Although the company has shown up late to the game with certain technologies or devices, there are so many Apple fanatics out there that would prefer to stick to their products rather than trying something new. Most importantly for launch sales, it would have given HomePod enthusiasts plenty of incentive to buy multiple devices. Dubbed a "magical new music experience", the 7-inch speaker is packed with a seven-array beam-forming tweeter array and a high-excursion subwoofer to deliver rich, robust sound. Apple made a decision to price its HomePod at a premium $349.

Powering the HomePod is an Apple A8 chip and the speaker is covered in a mesh fabric that looks like a crochet yarn.

Apple has designs on not just selling one of these, it would love to see a HomePod in your kitchen, bedroom, dining room and elsewhere. It could also win over professionals who work from home and have to discuss sensitive work issues in front of their smart speaker. However, the smart speakers market is just getting warmed up. The speaker also will be able to send messages and play news updates from National Public Radio and CNN, Apple said in a release. It can be operated by your voice and is user-friendly, coupled with Apple Music subscription that gives you access to one of the world's largest music repertoire.

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