Some argue it’s well-priced for being such an extraordinary speaker!
But…yeah, the lock-in. I’m not much of an audiophile, and never got into streaming, so a high-end bluetooth speaker for my iPhone seems a bit pointless. Kirk
I agree with Kirk in that it is likely well priced when the audio quality is considered. The sound really is quite superb and I can see how it could easily replace a music system that people may otherwise have in their homes. Crank up the volume and you can host a party in style or leave it in a corner and you will not notice it until you want to.
Within 24 hours I can see the advantages of HomePod and if I lived alone or in a family where music was important I would keep it for sure. Alas, I live in a family where music is only cherished by myself and where my children prefer to use headphones, and of course to listen to their own music.
The trick with HomePod is to consider it to be a very good quality speaker that lets you play millions of tracks (directly through Apple Music or through AirPlay for Spotify etc, but even then only if you have an Apple phone or tablet) using just your voice. If you do that and can cope with the fact that Siri is still not up to scratch in terms of recognising everything you say then you will be happy.
If you want a truly smart speaker, this is not it and with Siri onboard I doubt it will be for some time.