It is official. Google’s Chromecast Audio is discontinued, according to this Reddit user who received an official word on this from the support team.
Chromecast Audio is one of the first popular Google hardware products. For just $35, it offered a lot to its users who could just plugin this in to any traditional speaker and mak’em internet-connected.
Way cheaper than a pair of Sonos speaker of course!
Google Store is no longer have Chromecast Audio on stock. There could be nooks and corners of the internet where you will still this for sale. However, for Google, this is officially over.
And I am not worried.
Just yesterday I wrote (again) about the need to merge Google Assistant and Chromecast. With all those Google Home around the house, a Chromecast Audio is becoming less relevant.
Of course I could still use this to make an old speaker system smart and then stream music. However, you could do that with Google Home mini too.
Eventually, you will see Google discontinuing Chromecast too. They will ask you to buy a Google Assistant device and connect to the TV, unless they make a Pixel TV that is!
But for now, let us take a moment to say thank you to our good friend Chromecast Audio.