Apple's Homepod smart speaker comes out next month

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(CNN) -- Apple's new smart speaker hits store shelves on February 9th.

FILE - In this Monday, June 5, 2017, file photo, the HomePod speaker is photographed in a a showroom during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. While Amazon pioneered the internet-connected speaker that responds to voice commands, it now has plenty of competition from other tech heavyweights. In early 2018, Apple will compete in the high end with the HomePod. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The tech giant announced the launch date for its "Homepod" speaker on Tuesday.

But pre-orders for U.S. and some other markets will start this Friday.

"Homepod" will go head-to-head with other smart speakers on the market, including Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Apple's device can play music and podcasts, as well as read you the news.

Another feature is to control other devices in your home through Apple's "Siri" voice assistant.

It comes with a price tag of about $350.