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« on: February 16, 2024, 04:05:07 pm »

Apple Removes HomePod SharePlay Feature From iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 Betas

Apple has pulled the Apple Music SharePlay feature that it was testing for the HomePod and Apple TV in the iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 betas, which suggests the option may not be available when the updates are released in March.



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The first betas of tvOS 17.4 and iOS 17.4 enabled SharePlay music controls on both the HomePod and the Apple TV, but as of the second beta, the functionality has been removed.



SharePlay is a feature that allows users to watch television, listen to music, use apps, and play games together over FaceTime, but Apple has been expanding the feature. In iOS 17, SharePlay was added to CarPlay, allowing everyone in the car to contribute songs to a shared playlist.



On the &zwnj;HomePod&zwnj; and the &zwnj;Apple TV&zwnj;, the SharePlay feature allowed users to generate a QR code (on the iPhone for &zwnj;HomePod&zwnj;) that could be scanned to give friends and family members the option to play songs on the device. The &zwnj;HomePod&zwnj; or &zwnj;Apple TV&zwnj; owner was required to have an &zwnj;Apple Music&zwnj; subscription, but those contributing content simply needed the Music app without a subscription.



It is not clear if Apple will return the SharePlay feature to the &zwnj;HomePod&zwnj; or &zwnj;Apple TV&zwnj; ahead of the launch of the iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 updates, but so far, SharePlay has been missing from the past two beta releases.



iOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 are set to come out in March.



(Thanks, Hidde!)<div class="linkback">Related Roundups: Apple TV, iOS 17, iPadOS 17</div><div class="linkback">Tags: Apple Music, SharePlay</div><div class="linkback">Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Neutral)</div><div class="linkback">Related Forums: Apple TV and Home Theater, iOS 17, iPadOS 17</div>
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