A new report from iMore confirms that Apple’s HomePod will not only work for streaming Apple Music and iTunes Store purchases from the cloud, but will also fully support iCloud Music Library — both for Apple Music and iTunes Match subscribers — meaning that HomePod users will be able to stream any tracks that are stored in their iCloud Music Library, even those that they have uploaded themselves, directly to the HomePod via Siri commands.
Okay, got some HomePod clarification: iTunes Match *and* Apple Music users can access their iCloud Music Library via Siri. — Serenity Caldwell (@settern) January 28, 2018
Although this makes logical sense in light of Apple’s merging of Apple Music and iTunes Match features in late 2016, most of the early reviews were vague on whether content that could be called up via Siri would be limited to only that available on Apple Music, or would extend to any tracks stored in a user’s iCloud Music Library. The iMore report now confirms this, providing specifics on what will be supported by the HomePod based on which services a user subscribes to. In addition to Apple Music and iCloud Music Library content, users can also use Siri to call up any podcast or episode found in Apple’s Podcast directory and Beats 1 and other live radio stations, and the HomePod of course also provides AirPlay support to allow users to stream pretty much anything else directly from an iOS device, Mac, or Apple TV.