CES: Google Announces 'Cast For Audio'

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With the Consumer Electronics Show happening in Las Vegas, Google just announced Google Cast for audio, enabling users of compatible apps to cast audio content to cast-ready speakers.

Google says in the announcement:

In 2014, many of you—millions, in fact—helped make Chromecast one of the most popular streaming media devices globally. It's been exciting to bring Chromecast from one country to now 27 countries, with more to come in 2015. Chromecast usage per device has increased by 60% since launch due to the growing roster of new apps and features.

And today, we're announcing Google Cast for audio, which embeds the same technology behind Chromecast into speakers, sound bars, and A/V receivers. Just like Chromecast, simply tap the cast button in your favorite music or radio app on Android, iOS, or the web, and select a Google Cast Ready speaker to get the party started.

The speakers pull content from the cloud, so it won't drain your device's battery. Compatible apps include Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Pandora, Rdio, TuneIn, and the rest of the Chromecast-ready apps. Noticeably still absent from the list is Spotify.

The first compatible speakers will be available in the U.S. this spring from Sony, LG, and HEOS by Denon. Additional brands will offer speakers later in the year.

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