Apple HomePod smart speaker is back down to $200 at Best Buy
This Siri-powered smart speaker is back on sale for $200 at Best Buy.
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Still rounding out your Apple ecosystem? Time to add a Siri-powered smart speaker. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy once again has the Apple HomePod for $200. That rivals any Black Friday or holiday deal I've seen; it normally sells for $299 and was originally a pretty ludicrous $349. Your purchase also includes a free four-month subscription to
and Apple News Plus (both for new subscribers only).
A few essential caveats: The product debuted in early 2018, so it's definitely due for an update. And there's fierce competition from Amazon, Google and Sonos. In fact, the similarly robust and more audio-focused Amazon Echo Studio is also selling for $200, and it sometimes dips down as low as $170.
Still, there's no denying that the HomePod's sound quality is in the top tier of smart speakers. It's designed with Apple users in mind, meaning folks who own
devices and subscribe to Apple Music. (Thankfully, as of the arrival of iOS 13, you can now use your voice to control Spotify on a HomePod as well.)
If you're not sure whether this is the smart speaker for you, read CNET's HomePod review. I think it's one of the uglier products Apple has ever made, but that's just me.