Apple adds ABC radio to Homepod

Posted: 9 March 2018 3:20 pm
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"Hey Siri, play me some Triple J."

Apple's expanded the local functionality of its HomePod smart speaker with support for a range of ABC streaming radio stations. While the HomePod had access to quick ABC news reports from launch, with the national broadcaster being the default if you ask it for news updates, it wasn't capable of streaming ABC's many radio streams.

However, from today, if you're a HomePod owner, you'll be able to ask Siri to quickly start up a range of ABC Radio stations depending on your listening tastes. Apple's official release lists the following commands as being HomePod compatible for ABC radio listening.

  • “Hey Siri, Play Radio National.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play triple j radio.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Grandstand radio.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Classic radio.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Radio Sydney.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Radio Melbourne.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Radio Brisbane.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Radio Perth.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Radio Adelaide.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Radio Canberra.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Radio Darwin.”
  • “Hey Siri, Play ABC Radio Hobart."

That does leave a number of ABC regional stations out of the loop, although not all of those offer Internet-based streaming in any case. ABC's own Double J is noticeably absent from the official list, although that is a station that does stream over the Internet. We tried to see what HomePod would do with Double J, but it's certainly not recognised, at least yet. If you're keen, you should also bear in mind that you're streaming radio over the Internet, which will involve data usage against your broadband plan, as distinct from listening free over radio waves.

Want to know more about Apple HomePod? You can read our comprehensive Apple HomePod review right here.

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