How it stacks up to other smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Sonos One.
Listen up — Alexa and Siri want you to hear them out.
This week, the Apple HomePod started shipping. For $349, it’s the newest smart speaker on the block, and Apple’s much more expensive answer to Amazon Echo ($84.99), Google Home ($99), and Sonos One ($199).
While the HomePod has myriad perks — for example, you can rig your home with smart upgrades (in this case using HomeKit products ranging from $34 to more than $100) like you would with Amazon Echo or Google Home — sound is its big selling point. Indeed, Apple touts that it “sounds amazing” and is “the ultimate music authority.” Through the HomePod’s top-notch speakers, Siri plays your favorite songs via Apple Music and adapts to your musical preferences (for the $14.99 per month subscription fee).