When Apple announced the HomePod mini last month, the company showed off a long-awaited feature: the ability to use it with third-party music services. And for now, Pandora is the first third-party music player app to work with Apple’s existing HomePod as well as the upcoming HomePod mini. An update to the Pandora app for iOS is rolling out, allowing you to add the HomePod app. If you’ve updated the Pandora app, you’ll find a new entry in the settings menu: Connect to HomePod. From there, you only need to do a few taps to allow Pandora to work with the speaker.
This means you can ask Siri to do things like “play New Indie Radio on Pandora”; and it will start broadcasting your radio directly on the speaker. Previously, you could send audio from apps on your iPhone to HomePod via AirPlay 2, which worked fine enough, but this marks the first time you can initiate playback from services outside of your service. Apple. You can also set Pandora as your default music service in the iOS Home app. Clicking on the ‘home’ icon at the top left, going to ‘home settings’ and tapping your avatar in the ‘everyone’ section will give you options to book a differentiated service. default.