Google has announced its latest Chromecast Audio that lets old hi-fis and speaker systems stream music and podcasts over wi-fi.
The new device allows users to listen to audio streamed from Chrome browsers on their PC, as well as from selected apps on Android and iOS devices, including Pandora, Spotify, iPlayer Radio and Google’s own Play Music services. Selling for US$35, the device is cheaper than many similar audio streaming add-ons and also poses a challenge to expensive speakers with built in wi-fi.
Chromecast Audio can be connected to existing stereo equipment via standard 3.5mm audio jack, RCA or optical cables. Once installed, compatible apps display an extra icon allowing them to ‘cast’ sound to nearby dongles without the need for a separate pairing process. And, unlike Bluetooth devices, where the connection is broken when you leave the room, proximity is not an issue for the Chromecast Audio as long the connected devices are on the same network.
Google also announced a second-generation Chromecast TV media streamer, which now has transformed into a disc shape, similar to Chromecast Audio and had a new third antenna to create more robust data connections and supports more apps than before.