Convenience is where the HomePod shines for music. I don’t want to fuss with menus, or having to look at my phone (especially trying to keep a one year old from seeing too many screens). Siri is good enough at music.
For the price (and size) the HomePod sounds excellent. I’ve listened to much more expensive setups, and Apple did a stellar job. I’ve heard a few people say it is too quiet, but I haven’t even bothered to push it past 50% volume. My only critique is that the mids sometimes sound a bit weak. Oddly, it does seem to matter what type of music is being played. Might be a software EQ thing.
Can the HomePod do all the other cool things that the competition does? Not really, but I don’t care. It plays music, sounds very nice, and doesn’t feel as creepy. We’ve been very happy with it.
Well, except when I tried to get Siri to play music by Airplane Mode. That confused it a lot.