Chromecast Audio is real: streaming from the cloud directly to your speakers

Chromecast Audio is real.

The tiny gadget that we've only recently started hearing rumors about turns out to be a real device and it does exactly what rumors claimed: streaming music from popular cloud services directly to your speakers.

The Chromecast Audio will connect to your speaker simply via the 3.5mm jack/RCA/optical, so it does not require any complicated setups. It does seem to require power at all times, though, so the gadget will need to be plugged in to work.

Streaming can be controlled via your smartphone (with apps for both Android and an upcoming one for iOS) and your Chrome browser on a traditional desktop/notebook. The advantage of this over a traditional Bluetooth dongle for a speaker is the better quality you get out of the Chromecast audio which seems to transfer data over Wi-Fi.

source: Google



1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i will buy 2 actually i really need it for my speakers .... thanks google

2. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Its interesting but Idk how useful it would be. I have my smartphone with me 24/7 and I am replace some of my old speakers to bluetooth speakers.

4. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

most Bluetooth speakers have a bad sound a horrible bass so actually this a great tool for converting the pro studio speakers into a modern ones

7. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

also the range.

3. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Why on earth isn't this the same device as a regular chromecast? Can't the chromecast have the audio ports included for $5 and be used in either way simply by recognizing if HDMI is connected or not? And couldn't I use HDMI into an Amplifier that has pass through Audio/Video and just use it for audio? It's cool, I just don't see a need for 2 separate devices.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Different internals. techloverNYC, you might also want to consider this; Note that Chromecast Audio is WiFi while auris is bluetooth through auris has boost up to 3x the regular range.

5. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

When they add the ability to stream to multiple Chromecast Audio devices, you can essentially set up a poor man's SONOS system. Also the ability to cast audio via wifi/cloud instead of bluetooth saves your mobile device's battery.

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