In July 2004, long before the introduction of the HomePod, Apple released the AirPod Express. With wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps, digital audio jack, and 40 GB hard drive, AirPod Express allowed users to stream music across the home without the need for an always-on computer.

AirPod Express plugged into main power with a RJ-45, USB, and 3.5 mm mini-audio jack occupied.