When Apple unveiled the HomePod mini final month, the corporate confirmed off a long-awaited characteristic: the power to make use of it with third-party music providers. And as of now, Pandora is the primary third-party music app to work with Apple’s present HomePod in addition to the upcoming HomePod mini. An replace to Pandora’s iOS app is rolling out that allows you to add the app the HomePod. For those who’ve up to date the Pandora app, you’ll discover a new merchandise within the settings menu: Join with HomePod. From there, it simply takes a couple of faucets to present Pandora permission to work with the speaker.
This implies you possibly can ask Siri to do issues like “play New Indie Radio on Pandora” and it’ll begin taking part in your station immediately on the speaker. Earlier than, you might ship audio from apps in your iPhone to the HomePod by means of AirPlay 2, which labored effectively sufficient, however this marks the primary time you possibly can provoke playback from providers moreover Apple’s personal. It’s additionally potential to set Pandora as your default music service within the iOS Dwelling app. Tapping the “dwelling” icon within the high left, going to “dwelling settings,” and tapping your avatar within the “folks” part gives you choices for setting a distinction service as default.