One of the new features introduced by Apple on the HomePod update 13.2.1 is the ability to play ambient sound. You can control this new feature very simply with a few basic commands such as how to play, stop and timed …
Normally, HomePod speaker will automatically update new Firmware, but you can also manually update by the following:
- Open the ‘Home’ app
- Click on the Location icon in the top left corner
- Find the Speaker section and select Software Update
- You can open the Automatic Update mode or simply press the Update button.
Currently the ambient sound feature has only 7 different sounds with 6 ambient sounds (Fireplace, Forest, Night, Ocean, Rain, Stream) along with white noise.
If you want to use the HomePod to stream, you can say: "Hey Siri, play stream sounds". Or if you want to play white noise you can simply command "Hey Siri, play white noise".
If you want to play ambient sounds for a certain amount of time (eg 30 minutes) then auto-complete, you can set the music playback as above and set the time off: "Hey Siri, set a sleep timer for 30 minutes "
The ambient sounds on the HomePods are carefully invested by Apple with good separation and soundstage. However, a small point when you play ambient sounds is not able to adjust the volume up or down.
The running time of a loop is about 15 minutes, but you need to pay close attention to notice the repetition. If you are trying to sleep, or concentrate on work, it is almost impossible to recognize the repetition of this mode.