Google Chromecast is one of the best devices for streaming content across devices. What the traditional Chromecast does for the video viewers, the Chromecast Audio does for the audio needs of the users. Let us take a detailed look at the device.
Chromecast Audio was introduced in the September of 2015. It is a variant of the Google Chromecast that was designed to use alongside audio streaming apps. It comes in the classic hockey-puck shape that Google has been giving most of their Chromecast devices in the recent times. The device has two ports, and it comes out with two cables that go into each of them – the first being a 3.5mm port, and the second being a Micro-USB port for power.
How to Set Up Chromecast Audio
Setting up Chromecast audio is not a complex process. It simply involves the use of the Google Home app for the Android and the iOS users. The device has to be given a name, and the details of the user’s Wi-Fi network have to be provided. That’s pretty much it! All your speakers would then be connected to the app.
How To Play Music with Chromecast Audio
Here are the simple steps which will help the users to easily play music with the help of this device:
- Plug the Chromecast Audio into the power port.
- Plug the 3.5mm cable into the device, and enter the other end on the device you want music to be played on.
- Using the Chromecast Audio app, users now need to connect with their speakers.
- Following that, users simply need to open up their music app, tap on the cast audio button and begin to play the music – the music will be played on the speakers!
What Are The Benefits of Chromecast Audio
Chromecast Audio also comes with a multi-room support feature. This ensures that all the speakers of the house can connect with it, and it can play the audio in all rooms at once. This is great for house parties and other similar events. Users can create different combination of speakers and store them for future use.
It allows the users to take better control of their music playback, and allows them to convert any speaker into a smarter device! Google has taken the game one major step forward here.
A variety of apps also support the Chromecast Audio. Apps such as Spotify, Pandora, DS Audio, Deezer, Plex, Rhapsody are supported. The Google Play Music is obviously supported. As of now, Apple Music and Amazon Music do not support it. The chrome browser on Windows and Mac devices does support it.
Chromecast Audio: Specs and Pricing
The audio version of the Google Chromecast is priced in at $35 (or £30 or AU$49, depending on where you are). It has been around for a little over a year, and is supported by most major apps. It is powered by a Marvell Armada 1500 Mini Plus 88DE3006 SoC, and features a 256MB RAM, as well as a 256MB storage space.