If you have an Apple Music subscription already you will have access to 45 million songs that can be played from your HomePod.

You don’t have to have an Apple Music subscription to use the HomePod, though. You could stream your iTunes library (as long as you have a subscription to iTunes Match and have turned on iTunes in the Cloud).

But you don’t have to pay for any subscription: you can also use AirPlay to stream music directly from your iPhone to the HomePod, from iTunes, Spotify, Tidal or Amazon Music, for example.

Follow the steps below to stream music from your iPhone or iPad straight to the HomePod via AirPlay.

We also have a How to use HomePod guide here.

How to stream music to your HomePod using AirPlay.

It should be simple to stream music to your HomePod from any app, not just iTunes.

  1. Swipe up to access Control Centre on your iOS device.
  2. Press and hold on the audio card icon.
  3. Tap the icon that looks like a triangle with loops.
  4. You should see the HomePod appear in the list below (if your HomePod isn’t appearing follow these steps How to fix HomePod we also have How to set up HomePod).

How to stream music to the HomePod from Spotify

We cover how to play music from Spotify on the HomePod here, along with some tips for how to find music on Spotify.

You won’t have access to all the Siri features if you are using AirPlay, but the HomePod will still use the built in technology to play the music as the artist intended, according to Apple.

How to stream music to the HomePod from Amazon Music

  1. Open Amazon Music on your iPhone.
  2. Find the track you want to play.
  3. Tap on the AirPlay icon at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap on the HomePod, which should appear with a name based on the room it is located in (if your HomePod isn’t appearing follow these steps: How to troubleshoot HomePod).

You won’t have access to all the Siri features if you are using AirPlay, but the HomePod will still use the built in technology to play the music as the artist intended, according to Apple.

Read our list of questions you can ask Siri on the HomePod here. Plus we have more HomePod tips here. And we have compared the HomePod to the other smart speakers out there in our round up of Best Smart Speakers here.