The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the Chromecast Audio device at a reduced price or for free.
As a child boomboxes and stereos were all the rage! We had cassette tapes and CD’s that we would play in these devices and it was wonderful, but as technology has progressed we have steered away from physical media devices and now stream digital media and it has caused us to have no real use for our stereos because we couldn’t play our digital media on them. The media isn’t on a CD or cassette tape so how would we make it possible to play music from these systems? All of our stereo’s were collecting dust until I got the Google Chromecast Audio device in the mail. If you haven’t heard of this device (I hadn’t until a couple of months ago) then stay and keep reading because this might be a game changer for you.
Now, I know I said that my stereo’s had been collecting dust and this had been happening because we have been buying our music digitally from Amazon or iTunes for quite some time. We weren’t going to bother with burning our own CD’s (honestly only one of our computers even has a CD drive in it) so they have just been sitting in storage. During this time we have used Bluetooth speakers to stream music from our phones, but god is that annoying. When you stream music using a Bluetooth device you end up hearing EVERYTHING that happens on the device. This means everyone has to hear the notifications from your phone and have them interrupt the music you are listening to.
Not Bluetooth Enabled; WiFi Enabled
The Google Chromecast Audio device is different because it does not use Bluetooth instead it uses your local WiFi and the Chromecast app on your phone, tablet, or computer. This means that it is streaming the content specifically from one application. If you have used the Chromecast app for the TV then you will have an idea of what I am talking about. This device is quite different from that one because it does not plug in using HDMI or anything like that; instead this device plugs into your speaker or stereo’s auxiliary input.
Streaming from this device is really easy you just need to install the Google Home app onto your Android or Apple device. Once you have the app installed you will plug in your Chromecast Audio and go through the setup process on the app. We had a little bit of trouble getting ours set up due to our WiFi. We fixed the problem though I can’t really tell you what we did because I don’t understand how we fixed it, haha. After setting up the device you can open any compatible audio device and cast it to the device.
- Pandora internet radio
- Google Play Music
These are just a few of the different apps that you can stream from. If you are looking to learn what other apps can be used you can go to: chromecast.com/apps.
Since we have been using the Chromecast Audio device I have noticed that we have music playing in the background more often than we had before because it is so much easier to play music. I love it because I can play music that we enjoy or change it up and put on educational kids music for my son when he is playing with his toys. He just loves music and seeing the smile on his face when it is playing melts my heart. I have also noticed that the music is much cleaner and crisper sounding than I ever get from my phone, tablet, or Bluetooth enabled device.
Would your family benefit from the Chromecast Audio device?
If you decide to go hunt out down I highly recommend shopping at Best Buy because they offer great service and also have some really great protection plans that you can purchase to help protect the Chromecast Audio device(s) that you buy.