HomePod beta adds option to change default services for music, podcasts and audiobooks
With the release of the second developer beta of iOS 14 today, Apple has updated its private HomePod software beta, adding the ability for users to change the default services for music, podcasts and audiobooks.
The invite-only HomePod software beta program launched following WWDC just over two weeks ago, with Apple emailing members of its AppleSeed program to join the exclusive beta, saying that as a participant, “you’ll get to test-drive pre-release software and provide your feedback,” though the invite didn’t specifically mention what HomePod features testers will be trialing.
Today’s update sees a “Primary Services” option shown in the Home app on iOS, with users able to specify a service for music, podcasts and audiobooks, such as Spotify. Apple quietly confirmed third-party service support was coming to HomePod in a slide during WWDC, similar to how iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 allows for Mail and Safari to be swapped in favour of a user’s preferred third-party service.
There it is…The ability to select default services for Music, Podcasts and Audiobooks on HomePod
— Matt (@ttam110) July 7, 2020