Google has just discontinued one of its best and most underrated products, Chromecast Audio . The plus is that the company has a lot to offer as it gives up inventory: you can now buy the $ 35 dongle for just $ 15 on the Google website.
Chromecast Audio was introduced in 2015 and was an easy way to add casting capabilities to almost any speaker. As long as it had an analog or digital audio input, you could do that.
Since then, Google has launched its own speaker line, and third-party manufacturers have added Google's casting protocol to their own products. Yet, there are already thousands of traditional no-casting speakers that could benefit from Chromecast Audio. As great as the Google Home Max is, it's not a substitute for a real set of hi-fi speakers.
It is possible Google could fix this gap by adding an audio output port for future Google Home products, however, there is no evidence that this is intentional. That's what Amazon does with the Echo Dot, and the lack of audio output was one of the biggest complaints about Google Home Mini. Hopefully, Google has now recognized the fallacy of its ways.
We contacted Google to inquire about its future plans to support traditional speakers, if any. For the moment, you can still buy Chromecast Audio at a low price. At $ 35 it was a bargain; At $ 1
Published January 11, 2019 – 23:28 UTC