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What was the very first music you bought with your own money? I remember the excitement over buying Michael Jackson’s Thriller and being nervous that my mother would forbid me from spending my own money on Like a Virgin because Madonna’s eyebrow-raising lack of clothes though she probably felt the title of the album wasn’t exactly appropriate for her elementary schooler.
Back in the day physical records, 8 tracks, cassette tapes, and CDs served as ways to listen to favorite songs as an alternative to the radio before MP3s allowed us to listen to digital music files on the computer. These days new favorite songs can be streamed wirelessly alongside tunes you’ve loved forever directly from your phone, laptop or tablet to your speakers thanks to Google Chromecast Audio.
Google Chromecast makes listening to your favorite music even easier. Plug it in and listen to music on your device or via streaming apps through speakers in your home while controlling it from your phone. Google Chromecast is crazy easy to set up (my 10 year old had it set up in a matter of minutes!), affordably priced for $30, and will change the way you listen to music. Here’s what you need to know about Google Chromecast Audio, currently available from Best Buy.
What is Google Chromecast Audio?
If you’re familiar with Google Chromecast Ultra for streaming content from your mobile device to your TV, Chromecast Audio is similar except it’s for music. This small device plugs into your speaker to stream through WiFi instead of Bluetooth which results in a crystal clear high resolution sound when listening to them through your home speakers.
How Google Chromecast Works
Chromecast Audio lets you stream, or “cast,” favorite music from your phone, tablet, or laptop to your home speaker or speakers and works with devices you already own, including Android mobile devices and tablets, iPhones and iPads, Windows and Mac laptops, and Chromebook.
Simply tap the Cast button from your favorite mobile music apps to instantly start playing on the speakers. Then control the speakers right from your phone — search, play, pause, queue songs and turn up the volume — anywhere in the house.
Google Chromecast lets you multitask while casting. You can use your phone to answer a call, play a game, or send a text without interrupting what’s playing on the speakers or draining your battery. You can even leave the room and still cast tunes from the speakers.
Make it a party by grouping all of your household speakers together and even letting your friends and family cast their music using their own devices.
4 Reasons Why You Need Google Chromecast Audio
Listen to your favorite tunes on your speakers— You COULD pay $100+ for a wireless Bluetooth speaker for audio in one room but Google Chromecast Audio works with your existing speakers or stereo system and is a far less expensive investment for $30. Through Chromecast Audio, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home when using your phone and . While streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery.
Crystal clear sound is powered by the cloud— Using Chromecast Audio to stream over Wi-Fi has many advantages over Bluetooth, including higher sound quality.
Enjoy hundreds of your favorite audio apps— Stream millions of songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. My kids also love the IHeartRadio app. You can find more apps to use at chromecast.com/apps
Play music everywhere with the multi-room function— Fill every room in your home with synchronous music by grouping Chromecast Audio devices together to listen to the same song on multiple speakers.
How to Start Casting in 5 Steps
Google Chromecast comes with the Chromecast Audio device, a stereo 3.5 mm analog audio cable, a USB power cable, and a power supply. Be sure to use the cables that come in the Chromecast Audio box since other cables may not work. Here’s how to get started in 5 steps:
- Plug in— Plug Chromecast Audio into your speaker using the audio cable. Then connect the USB power cable to your Chromecast Audio and plug the other end into a power outlet using the included power supply. Note: Only use the provided AC adapter.
- Connect— Double check that the Chromecast Audio and the mobile device, tablet, or laptop you are using to set up Chromecast Audio with are both on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Download the Google Home app— On your mobile device, tablet, or laptop, download the Google Home app
- Set up Chromecast Audio— Follow these simple Chromecast Audio setup instructions .
- Listen— Cast music, radio channels, and podcasts from your mobile device, tablet or laptop to your speakers.
It just takes a few minutes to start casting and once you’ve set it up in one room of the house, you’ll be wanting to cast in other rooms too! Google Chromecast Audio is available from Best Buy for $30.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.