Google is discontinuing the Chromecast Audio, a tiny machine that permits customers to wirelessly stream music to their common audio system. The dongle was launched again in 2015 to allow customers to transform their dumb audio system into good, wi-fi ones by merely plugging within the Chromecast Audio by way of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Chromecast Audio additionally assist multi-room configurations, letting customers stream similar content material throughout completely different rooms, a characteristic largely seen on premium audio system.
You’ll be able to nonetheless seize Google’s Chromecast Audio at $15 (roughly Rs. 1000) till the shares run out on Google’s on-line retailer within the US. The corporate claims it is going to proceed to supply assist to present Chromecast Audio units, however hasn’t revealed the precise timeline the assist could final. The dongle initially went on sale at $35 (roughly Rs. 2,400).
However should you’re in India, you are out of luck. The Google Chromecast Audio seems bought out on on-line shops reminiscent of Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Croma. You possibly can nonetheless strive your luck at bodily retail shops although.
Google nonetheless would not have a substitute for backup its Chromecast Audio providing but. The inexpensive dongle was a helpful means for a lot of to transform their outdated common audio system into wi-fi. Amazon’s Echo Dot does an analogous job however prices practically double the quantity, nevertheless it does herald a digital assistant to the desk as nicely.
It looks like Google can be focusing extra on good audio system than standalone merchandise such because the Chromecast Audio. Confirming the discontinuation to CNET, a Google spokesperson stated, “Our product portfolio continues to evolve and now we now have quite a lot of merchandise for customers to take pleasure in audio and we now have due to this fact stopped manufacturing our ‘Chromecast Audio’ merchandise… We’ll proceed to supply help for ‘Chromecast Audio’ units, so customers can proceed to take pleasure in their music, podcasts and extra.”
Nevertheless, should you’re seeking to convert your outdated audio system into wi-fi, there are a variety of Bluetooth adapters accessible out there reminiscent of this one.