Owners of Apple’s HomePod and HomePod mini can now connect their smart speakers directly to Deezer and make the music streaming service their default player. This means they can take advantage of HomePod’s Siri voice commands to navigate their songs and playlists on Deezer.
To connect the services, you must first be a paid Deezer subscriber. If you are, head over to the Deezer app on your iOS device (make sure you’re on iOS 14.3 or later), tap the settings cog at the top right, then scroll down. and tap “Connect with HomePod”. You can then play Deezer’s music on your Apple speakers by saying “Hey Siri, play [insert cool and relevant band of choice] on Deezer. ”
Alternately, you can make Deezer your default player from Apple’s Home app and avoid having to specify which streaming service to use. We couldn’t test this ourselves, but it’s probably the same process as with other third-party streaming services. So go to Home Settings by tapping on the home icon at the top left of Apple’s Home app, tap on your face under the “People” section, then go to “Default Service” and choose Deezer.
Phew. Isn’t it fantastic when these services just work?
Of course, the struggle to offer these kinds of basic third-party integrations is exactly what hurt Apple’s smart speakers, likely contributing to the company’s decision to shut down the original HomePod in March of. This year. Despite this, the reasonably priced, good-sounding HomePod mini continues to perform. In addition to Deezer, these devices can now integrate directly with other streaming services, including Apple Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Pandora.
What’s missing from this list, of course, is Spotify. Although Apple says it has activated the integration with the music streaming giant, to our knowledge Spotify has not activated things at its end. If you’re looking for an explanation, look no further than the massive lawsuit Spotify is currently pursuing against Apple. As an alternative, you can use Spotify to play music on HomePod speakers, but you’ll have to connect through AirPlay, which is frustrating and lacks voice commands – one of the big draws of using a smart speaker.
But hey, that’s what you, the hapless consumer, get for being stuck between two warring companies. Enjoy.