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Google Kills Off the Chromecast Audio

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Google Kills Off the Chromecast Audio

It's dead people. Google has officially killed off the Chromecast audio. I wonder how much longer it will even remain functioning and I have 3 of them. I wonder when Google will kill off the regular Chromecast for the TV, my bet is within this year.

The lesson here is never to buy Google hardware.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/01 ... ast-audio/
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JoeStale wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 3:56 pm
It's dead people. Google has officially killed off the Chromecast audio. I wonder how much longer it will even remain functioning and I have 3 of them. I wonder when Google will kill off the regular Chromecast for the TV, my bet is within this year.

The lesson here is never to buy Google hardware.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/01 ... ast-audio/
Dramatic much?

Your Chromecast audio will still work, they're just no longer making it much like Apple doesn't make the iPhone 7 anymore, doesn't mean it stops working

You think a company should never stop making a particular model of a product?
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StatsGuy wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:13 pm
Dramatic much?

Your Chromecast audio will still work, they're just no longer making it much like Apple doesn't make the iPhone 7 anymore, doesn't mean it stops working

You think a company should never stop making a particular model of a product?
Yeah, it will still work like the Google Nexus TV still works. Remember that?
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seems their distancing themselves from 3.5 mm support and going for wifi only and hdmi. Which sucks because older systems with quality speaker components are being targeted against supporting. Hello diy projects
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JoeStale wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:23 pm
Yeah, it will still work like the Google Nexus TV still works. Remember that?
Yea, it still works (nexus tv) just like your Chromecast audio will. They even supported nexus tv for 2 years after they discontinued it with updates. And it still works

So again, dramatic much? They discontinued a product ..just like every other manufactur does
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StatsGuy wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:38 pm
Yea, it still works (nexus tv) just like your Chromecast audio will. They even supported nexus tv for 2 years after they discontinued it with updates. And it still works
Just like Google TV... oh, wait...
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Exp315 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:56 pm
Just like Google TV... oh, wait...
Still works yup

Not like they stopped working

Just like when they stopped making plasma TVs,those tvs didn't stop working
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Jan 11th, 2019 4:36 pm
seems their distancing themselves from 3.5 mm support and going for wifi only and hdmi. Which sucks because older systems with quality speaker components are being targeted against supporting. Hello diy projects
Vortexbox for audio storage/CD to FLAC ripper running LMS. Any raspberry pi with a i2c DAC and piCorePlayer and you have a network audio system that can play any audio format. And multi room audio is a click away.
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The Chromecast Audio (and the Mini, almost) is a perfect device to circumvent Google's protection of their music subscription. So, they intentionally feature crippled it to eliminate this option (it used to work). Now? I don't know anyone that owns one who doesn't find this limitation asinine (meaning I am sure Google gets lots of complaints about it). So, either un-cripple it, or just abolish the product; they chose the latter.

Sucks, because now I'll have to sell my Chromecast Audios before they stop working, and modify my Google Minis (which shouldn't lose support for a while) to add speaker terminals/headphone jacks; silly, but it could eliminate the need for an external amplifier, so that's maybe good.
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StatsGuy wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 4:13 pm
Dramatic much?

Your Chromecast audio will still work, they're just no longer making it much like Apple doesn't make the iPhone 7 anymore, doesn't mean it stops working

You think a company should never stop making a particular model of a product?
To nitpick: Apple still makes the iPhone 7.
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edgedamage wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 6:13 pm
Vortexbox for audio storage/CD to FLAC ripper running LMS. Any raspberry pi with a i2c DAC and piCorePlayer and you have a network audio system that can play any audio format. And multi room audio is a click away.
zeros are becoming popular for this niche. They have a phat dac too
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The kill it because it doesn't fit into their vision of home/life automation.
"Hey Google, turn-on the TV"... *TV is on*
"Hey Google, turn-on the stereo!.. I said: turn-on the stereo.... turn it on, dammit!!!!"
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bogolisk wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 7:06 pm
"Hey Google, turn-on the stereo!.. I said: turn-on the stereo.... turn it on, dammit!!!!"
The response there would be "I'm sorry, I don't know what a stereo is."

I love the Chromecast Audio concept and have a couple in my house (just bought the second one, second-hand, a few days ago). It worked well for me, as I don't have a TV and am not interested in a smart speaker listening to everything I do. The CCA actually replaced a Raspberry Pi based set-up for me. But I too am not surprised that Google is killing a good product.
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lead wrote:
Jan 11th, 2019 7:02 pm
zeros are becoming popular for this niche. They have a phat dac too
Or just stay in digital domain and leverage the expensive DAC in your expensive amp:
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