Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Google confirms Chromecast Audio has been discontinued

Google confirms Chromecast Audio has been discontinued

Many will likely contribute the Chromecast to the product that kickstarted Google's hardware division. Sadly, that turned out to be true: according to an official statement from Google, the device is no longer being manufactured.

Ah, Chromecast Audio: the peculiar cousin to the vastly-popular Google Chromecast that never really managed to find a solid footing in the market.

We'll start with the bad: citing weaker sales figures than its video-capable counterpart, Google is discontinuing its Chromecast Audio streamer.

Launched in 2015, Chromecast Audio was an easy way to add casting abilities to nearly any speaker.

"Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio", Google says.

Though Chromecast Audio had its own appealing features, it's worth noting that the regular Chromecast dongle can also be used to cast music content - the downside being that it will be played through whatever device the HDMI is connected to, such as a TV.

Not sure why you would want Chromecast Audio? As nice as the Google Home Max is, it's no replacement for a proper set of hi-fi speakers. For now, you can still buy the Chromecast Audio at a pretty sweet deal.

For now, the Chromecast Audio is still in stock at a few places, including the Google Store, which has the device for $15-that's $20 off. But the Chromecast Audio was a great way to tack on smart functionality to existing or exotic audio setups.

For those who aren't familiar with the product, the Chromecast Audio is a relatively small device which allows a consumer to turn any 3.5mm-compatible speaker (s) into a streaming device via the Chromecast dongle.

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