From my HomePod review:
Back to MacRumors:
So, regardless of what any of us may have previously heard or experienced, this — single stream for single accounts — is the way HomePod and Apple Music were always meant to work together (and how all other Apple Music devices have always worked). If you want multiple simultaneous streams, you can get a multiple (family) account for $5 more a month, which works out to a pretty good deal. (It's what I do.)
Obviously, two HomePods in a stereo pair still counts as one device, but two separate HomePods would count as two separate devices.
I regret if my original reporting and review contributed to any confusion. What I wrote was my understanding and experience at the time. I try desperately hard to get everything right, always, but sometimes things shift or change or are just complex enough or involve people enough that I have to come back and make corrections or updates. And I'll keep updating as and when required, just as always.
(I do think it would be better for AirPlay 2 to allow multiple streams to HomePod and Apple TV within the same, small geofence, but I don't know if music licensing will ever allow for something like that.)
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.