So long, Chromecast Audio, you shan't be missed

So long, Chromecast Audio, you shan't be missed
Three and a half years ago, Google introduced a new category of set-top box. The Chromecast Audio... made only for speakers.

The point of the Chromecast Audio was to connect it to your favorite set of speakers, then stream high-quality audio to your heart's contempt. The tiny streambox connects to your Wi-Fi and pull the music files straight from the cloud, so its audio quality is not bogged down by Bluetooth. With support for lossless audio, it was meant to please the audiophiles.

A few problems, though. The Chromecast Audio needs to be connected to your speakers or Hi-Fi via an aux port and it needs to be connected to a power outlet at all times. And why go through all that trouble when you can simply get a Bluetooth speaker or a Google Home? Or both — they have their own uses beyond what Chromecast Audio does on its own.

Apparently, a ton of customers out there thought the same. The Chromecast Audio was permanently discounted to $15 (from $35) soon after its release and now, it's being killed. Google has announced that it will cease production of the Chromecast Audio. So, if you've been thinking about nabbing one — do so while there's some stock left. Otherwise, you will soon need to look for them at a museum... or the tech cemetery.

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6 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Yeah not much need for this since it required an additional power outlet and and Aux cord. the whole point was to have a wireless connection. Plus most sound systems (2:1 or 5:1 surround sound) now support wireless connections.

2. twcobra

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

To late. Out of stock at the Google store. Have not tried alternate retailers yet. LOL

3. applesnapple93

Posts: 302; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

I was a firm believer that this shouldve just been incorporated to the original chromecast to give it dual function.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4113; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It always did. No problems casting audio only to a target with a regular chromecast.

6. Macready

Posts: 1818; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It works, but the format support is more limited and audio quality from the regular chromecast is mediocre in comparison (mostly because of the DAC implementation). Which is why I use both.

5. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I love the home mini + mi box s combo.

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