Chromecast Audio isn’t any extra. Stories emerged this week on Reddit that the diminutive streaming dongle had been discontinued, and a Google spokesperson in the present day confirmed the information to VentureBeat.
“Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now now we have quite a lot of merchandise for customers to get pleasure from audio,” a Google spokesperson stated. “We’ve due to this fact stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio merchandise. We are going to proceed to supply help for Chromecast Audio gadgets, so customers can proceed to get pleasure from their music, podcasts and extra.”
Google’s $35 disk-shaped accent — a variation of the second-generation Chromecast designed to be used with audio apps — plugged into the three.5mm jack or optical socket of residence audio programs, or audio system with RCA inputs with a first-party adapter. Like different Google Forged merchandise, it tapped native Wi-Fi to beam tunes wirelessly from telephones, tablets, or PCs on the identical community, with help for Hello-Res 96Khz/24bit lossless audio.
Its demise doesn’t come as a shock, precisely — Chromecast Audio’s hardware hadn’t been refreshed since 2015, the yr it debuted, and the value was marked right down to $15 for a promotion that kicked off on Black Friday and continues by way of the top February. However it leaves Google with out a solution to Amazon’s Echo Enter, which packs a four-microphone array and provides casting capabilities to legacy audio system.
And the timing’s a bit odd, contemplating that solely two months in the past, Google launched speaker grouping for Chromecasts. From November 2018 on, house owners have been in a position to create groupings of gadgets in Google’s House app for iOS or Android in order that after they queue up a observe from iHeartRadio, Spotify, Pandora Premium, or different providers, all grouped audio system play it concurrently.
Mum’s the work on when (or if) a correct successor would possibly emerge, however a couple of remaining Chromecast Audio models are in inventory on the Google Play Retailer, Amazon, and a handful of different retailers as of publication time. Get them whilst you can.