Google has just announced a handy, wireless solution that completely revolutionizes traditional approaches to playing music and other audio content. The brand new Chromecast Audio allows users to enable music streamlining on traditional analogue speakers. What’s the biggest advantage of this new technology? It works wirelessly, mitigating much of the hassle associated with wired stereo setups, and only costs a mere $35.
Just like the original Chromecast, the Chromecast Audio offers wireless functionality to older technologies in need of a more modern update. The Chromecast Audio is designed to look no different than the regular Chromecast. However, instead of plugging in to an HDMI port, it comes with a 3.5mm cable to fit into an audio port. The device gives older speakers with high fidelity sound, but cumbersome cabling, a new life, and poses a boon to audiophiles from all walks of life.
With the Chromecast Audio, users can stream audio and music from a variety of popular sources. Applications like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Play can stream to the Chromecast, as well as any other app that supports wireless casting. This useful tool is the next logical step in Google’s business approach to get more leverage in users’ entertainment lives and has the potential to improve usage of their Google Play App as well.
One of the most exciting features the Chromecast Audio won’t be available right out of the gate, although rumours about its existence have been confirmed. The device will also be able to stream music to multiple speakers throughout one home, as long as each speaker is equipped with the $35 dongle. Multi-room audio is quickly becoming a popular feature in modern entertainment systems, and for Google to offer such a sought out feature in such an affordable package is a bold move.
While the Chromecast Audio may seem simple on paper, it truly does reinvent many peoples’ approach to cultivating a great home entertainment system. With its easy set up and accessibility, the Chromecast Audio may even be the reason some homeowners upgrade their sound system or purchase one outright. One thing’s certain though: we won’t be entirely sure what impact the Chromecast Audio will make until it i