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Apple Drops Price of HomePod to $299 from $349

Apple Drops Price of HomePod to $299 from $349

Posted April 4, 2019 at 2:37pm by iClarified
Apple has dropped the price of its HomePod smart speaker to $299 from $349.

While offering excellent sound, HomePod has struggled to compete with smart speaker offerings from Amazon, Google, and Sonos. The latest report from Strategy Analytics estimates HomePod market share for Q4 2018 at just 4.1%, down from 4.9% in Q3 2018.

During the holidays, the price of the HomePod dropped as low as $249 and Best Buy currently has the speaker on sale for $279.

Even with the price drop, HomePod still costs a premium over the Amazon Echo and Sonos One.

Is the price drop enough to get you to purchase one? Let us know in the comments!

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Apple Drops Price of HomePod to $299 from $349

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NoGoodNick - April 5, 2019 at 11:13pm
The HomePod was a great idea, but incessant delays and a lack of enthusiasm by Apple (who wouldn’t allocate the resources needed to release it on time), meant that when it WAS released, it was already old news, behind the times and faced serious, well-established competition. Adding the usual Apple ‘Premiere’ pricing only further dammed it. Even worse, it’s poor sales granted it would NEVER be updated or upgraded, depressing the already tepid sales. It is, by all accounts, still a tremendous speaker for the size, but it’ll never be a competitive product. By the way, for me, I see it’s lack of ‘always listening’ (for sales leads) intelligence, like Alexa or Google, to be a Significant advantage! In the end, when Apple first fired Steve Jobs because he WASN’T a marketing ‘genius’, the company was unable to sell much of anything until he returned. Now, after his death, the same thing is happening, but Apple can’t rehire him, no matter how badly their revenue declines.
PaulieP - April 4, 2019 at 3:44pm
Apple Music is not bad but it’s not great. I do not subscribe to Apple Music. The fact that this speaker only works with Apple Music makes it really lame. Apple really failed on this device. First off, it’s not pretty, it’s ugly. Second off, it doesn’t work with any other music service. Third, because it’s proprietary to Apple, most smart home devices don’t even work with it. As an Apple user, I do have smart home devices that are supposed to work with the Apple home app and the school in an out half the time anyways. To be honest with you even if this speaker work with third-party devices, I’m not sure it would work well. This thing is a piece of junk and deserves to be placed in a trashcan, maybe their last Mac Pro.
ch7is - April 4, 2019 at 3:14pm
To high price and to proprietary.
shreyansqt - April 4, 2019 at 2:49pm
No, still too high price compare to Google Home
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