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, 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 troubleshoot HomePod).

How to stream music to the HomePod from Spotify

  1. Open Spotify on your iPhone.
  2. Find the track you want to play.
  3. Tap on Devices Available at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap on More Devices.
  5. Now Choose the HomePod, which should appear with a name based on the room it is located in (if your HomePod isn’t appearing here's 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.

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.