Published: Sun, January 13, 2019

Google is discontinuing the Chromecast Audio

Google is discontinuing the Chromecast Audio

"Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio", the spokesperson explained. Unfortunately, Google is now discontinuing the dongle.

If you have been debating over the decision to buy a Chromecast Audio dongle lately, you might want to hurry up and make a purchase. However, it's been rumored that Google has been wanting to stop selling the device and now it has been officially confirmed. Its creation stemmed from the regular Chromecast hardware but connects to the speakers via auxiliary input rather than over HDMI. In a market that is increasingly being populated with smart speakers complete with voice control and digital assistants, the Chromecast Audio dongle managed to hold its own and appeal to those who simply wanted to turn their existing speakers into streaming-capable devices. But the company's retail partners often ran discounts and deals on the product, and in the U.S. the device sold for as low as $15 in the last few weeks.

Because manufacturing has ended and Google has sold out of its stock, customers will no longer be able to get the Chromecast Audio through Google itself.

We can't help but wonder if Google is killing Chromecast Audio because an upgraded Google Home Mini with 3.5mm line-out is on the way. Some other online retailers, such as B&H Photo, now list the product as discontinued, but others continue to sell remaining stock.

The Google Store is out of stock at the moment and we're not seeing any other outlets to snag a Chromecast Audio for the wonderful $15 it's been on the Google Store, but if we do, we'll be sure to let everyone know. If the TV is hooked up to a proper sound system, though, the experience is more or less the same.

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