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Chromecast Spotify Support Is Finally Here – But There’s a Catch

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The New Chromecast Audio

Google unveiled its colourful new Chromecast yesterday – but the bigger news for many was word that music streaming giant Spotify is finally supporting Chromecast.

Yup, after years of dancing around the issue – defiantly declaring that it had ‘no plans’ to support the service at one point, before launching its own range of ‘Spotify Connect’ speakers – Spotify Chromecast support is here at last.

Well, almost.

Explaining more about the ‘collaboration’ today, Spotify say owners of the new Chromecast will be able to ‘cast music directly’ from a phone or tablet right away.

Owners of the first-gen Chromecast – i.e. almost everyone – will need to wait for Google to push out a firmware update enabling Spotify support first. That’s expected in the coming weeks.

Google also unveiled the $35 Chromecast Audio, a smart upgrade for dumb speakers that works through a standard AUX in jack.

But Spotify is needle scratching the fun here as only Spotify Premium subscribers will be able to send content to Chromecast Audio.

Like a Spice Girls reunion with only four members, Spotify Chromecast support is better late than never.

And with rivals like Apple Music set to eat into its subscriber base, expanding its device reach beyond pricey speakers and audio speakers is a great way to ensure listeners can keep on listening, regardless of where or what they’re doing.

  • john jeeves

    Its fair enough that only premium subs will be able to cast, lets not forget that these guys are trying to run a business here

    • Jon

      I’m 50-50 on it. Premium features for premium users, sure: but this seems like a “normal” use to me. It doesn’t give you more music, or let you use music without a network connection etc… it’s the same music, just wireless instead of wired to the speaker. It doesn’t actually provide anything other than convenience. That said, with 4G and unlimited data plans becoming more common, I imagine their “offline sync” isn’t as popular as it used to be – I used to buy Premium for that reason alone for when I was travelling, but nowadays I have such a good connection that I don’t care

  • Jeroen Alberts

    You want to stream spotify free to your big stereo speakers?
    Buy a cheap android WIFI-tablet, connect with a 3mm headphone jacket-2xRCA to the audio input of your stereo receiver. play spotify-free from your tablet to your receiver and speakers. It is better quality than a bluetooth connection and stable if your wifi is stable. Yes it is probably more expensive than a audio-chromecast but it allows free spotify and it leaves your mobile phone for other purposes.
    I use that, works perfectly.

    You want to use your mobile phone doing that?
    Buy a bluetooth-2xRCA connector (varies in price from USD 10-70) and connect this to the audio input of your stereo-receiver. Stream with bluetooth from your mobile phone to the bluetooth receiver which transfers it to your receiver. Bluetooth audio is more compressed than wifi and less stable but it may be a slightly cheaper solution than the option with the tablet.

    • qweasdzxc

      >Chromecast audio also uses wifi to stream audio.

  • Mi Pen

    I have an easier solution. Switch on chromebook. Plug in good speaker. use spotify web player.

    Its what ive been doing for ages. No chromecast needed.

    • OligarchyAmbulance

      Purchasing a laptop, and plugging it into your speakers is hardly easier than a tiny, $35 dongle.

      • Mi Pen

        You still need a tablet or pc to set a stream to a chromecast. They don’t connect on their own as far as im aware. Unlike a firestick or roku.

        And as I said if you already HAVE a device like a tablet you dont need a chromecast for spotify streaming as well. Just a cheap cable thats better for audio quality.

        • Morten Ulv

          I think you have different needs than most people who want Chromecast Audio.
          I want wireless streaming to my TV and all the speakers in my house, and being able to play the same music on all the speakers. I want my firends to be able to cast their music as well. You can’t do anything remotely like this with a chromebook and a cable.

        • Martin B.

          You need just smartphone. And tell me, who doesn’t have one these days. On the opposite, who have a Chromebook? I certainly doesn’t.

    • Jon

      That’s fine, if you want to put a laptop next to your speakers and then walk over to the laptop every time you want to change your music… but that’s very 2007. Nowadays many of us enjoy being able to sit in a comfortable chair with our tablet or phone and control the music from there – or when I’m cleaning my house, I’ll simply switch which speakers I’m listening on depending on which room I’m in, rather than having to move my laptop and set it up again. It works, but there’s a reason the Chromecast exists.

  • Paul McCarthy

    switch on my S5 or my Tabbie – bluetooth – SBroar! been doing that for a year, guess still good news though

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  • Lucas Gabriel

    Thanks for the article Joey. For those who live outside US and want to access Spotify, you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.

    • Thomas Chamberlain

      No need. Spotify is available in loads of countries, it just happens to be available in the US. It’s not a US company and was launched in the UK three years before it was available in the US.

      • Jon

        I don’t think he meant specifically the US… he meant that Spotify uses geoblocking to disallow use in countries it does not operate.

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  • Jon

    Too late, Spotify – I already switched to Apple Music. Admittedly they don’t support Chromecast either, but AirPlay does the job. If you’re slow to give your customers what you want out of sheer stubbornness, you’re going to lose business.

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