Google Chromecast Audio Dongle Is Being Officially Discontinued

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 13, 2019

Google in the last couple of years has also struck deals with speaker makers like to add Google Assistant to their speakers, and hence turn them, smart speakers, negating the need for something like Chromecast audio.

Google has been offering the minute little dongle since 2015 and it has proven to be an extremely popular an low-priced gadget purchase over the last four years. The product is no longer available to buy direct from Google, and it won't be getting restocked.

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. "We have therefore stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products", said Google. The company will continue to offer support to existing Chromecast Audio users, however. No additional purchases will be able to be made via Google once the stock has been depleted but third-party suppliers may still have stock.

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

I use Chromecast Audio all the time, so I'm a bit confused by this: It's how I was able to combine an affordable pair of studio monitor speakers ($99) with a Chromecast Audio ($35) and achieve better sound quality than Sonos at just one-third the cost: A pair of Sonos One speakers cost $380.

Chromecast Audio visually resembles the regular Chromecast video product, but features a 3.5mm audio jack and cable rather than an HDMI cable.

The hardware itself has had a good run.

Chromecast Audio, Google's little dongle that turned dumb speakers into Chromecast targets, is officially being laid to rest.

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