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The Apple HomePod is available to pre-order this Friday

26 January 2018

In short, perhaps think twice about pre-ordering that HomePod (which will do less than its competitors' devices), and instead think about buying two Sonos speakers for the same price. You can take advantage of this deal starting Friday. In Canada, Sonos One is set to support Alexa in "early 2018", while the speaker is priced locally for $249 CAD.

The Sonos One, which is essentially the classic Play:1 with additional smarts, arrived in October and received a highly impressive 9/10 score in our review.

It's nearly like having Siri on the One speaker itself, except you have to make the voice commands from an iOS or macOS devices instead of speaking directly to the Sonos One. Translating the process from one of their most successful peripherals over to the Apple HomePod would be a way to keep the experience across their ecosystem consistent, which has historically been a priority for the company. Voice activation is also not always realistic, so many may miss the modicum of control that a physical application offers. There will likely be integration with Mac and Apple TV as well, but it appears as if the initial pairing may be limited to mobile devices - at least according to the information that came to light back in late August.

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What Apple really want and their main marketing thrust, is to get you playing Apple Music on your HomePod device - they want to stem the flow of users subscribing to Spotify. It also includes limited Siri voice control for music playback, along with some smart home and schedule, task, and Messages management.

More music services: Added Spotify voice control in November.

On nearly every level, the Sonos One is the opposite of Apple's HomePod.

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The Sonos One also delivers fantastic audio quality. The One is an open platform that allows users access to different voice assistants and services.

The HomePod's high-quality sound is created to take on high-end competitors like Sonos.

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to see that the spec suggests the HomePod is only compatible with other Apple products and software.

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For Sonos, then, it's an opportunity.

The Apple HomePod is available to pre-order this Friday