Google discontinues Chromecast Audio

The Chromecast Audio let you hook up just about any audio device to the cast ecosystem through a 3.5mm jack. RIP

Many will likely contribute the Chromecast to the product that kickstarted Google's hardware division. However, Google obviously feels the Chromecast Audio's time is up.

The company's support representatives are telling people that Google has "a variety of products for users to enjoy audio" and therefore have made a decision to stop "manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products".

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

Either way, the brilliant little dongle that has transformed multiple speakers in my home and office is officially being canned by Google.

Google said it will continue to offer assistance for Chromecast Audio devices.

Google has confirmed that it is discontinuing its Chromecast Audio with what appears to be an immediate effect. Still, there are already thousands of traditional speakers without any casting ability at all that could benefit from Chromecast Audio. They're normally $35, but they're now discounted to $15. For now, you can still buy the Chromecast Audio at a pretty sweet deal.

While the Chromecast Audio provided limited functionality, it did give an option to audiophiles who own expensive speakers to turn their Rs 1 lakh speaker setup into a smart speaker on the cheap.

The device is listed as "Out of Stock" and no longer available to purchase through Google's online store. The Chromecast Audio could be connected to a speaker using the line-in or optical input and then the music could be played or streamed on the speaker using Wi-Fi and compatible apps.

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