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Google Cast will soon allow you to stream audio to your speakers
Amidst the madness that is CES 2015, Google has just announced some exciting news. Google Cast is now getting music streaming capabilities, allowing users to stream music directly from phones, laptops and tablets to Google Cast-enabled speakers.
Up until now, we’ve only seen video streaming capabilities with Google Cast, through devices like Chromecast or Android TV. Now that the search giant has enabled audio casting to speakers, this will save on battery life while allowing you to multitask and still listen to music. Google has partnered with some big name speaker companies like Sony, Denon, LG and many more to create Google Cast-ready speakers, which will be available in the Spring of 2015.
Google already has a big list of compatible audio apps, as well. So far, the list includes Google Play Music (obviously), Pandora, iHeart Radio, NPR One, Rdio, Songza, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, BeyondPod and many more. If you’d like to see the entire list of compatible apps, head to the Google Cast website. The most notable app that hasn’t been included thus far is Spotify, though we’d imagine support for the app will come with time.
Google also notes that, without audio streaming support, Google Cast has been a huge success. Chromecast usage has jumped up to 60% thanks to the growing number of compatible apps and availability in 27 countries around the world. Be on the lookout for Google Cast-enabled speakers in the Spring, and start casting away!