Google Discontinues Chromecast Audio

Do you have an older wired speaker that still sounds good? Until today, you could make that speaker wireless with the help of Google’s Chromecast Audio device. But as Android Police first reported, Google has discontinued the puck-shaped dongle.

“Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio,” Google told PCMag on Friday. “We have therefore stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products. We will continue to offer assistance for Chromecast Audio devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts, and more.” As of Friday afternoon, you could still grab one from Staples, but it’s now out of stock.

Other retailers such as eBay, Best Buy, and B&H Photo Video also have it listed as discontinued or out of stock. First released in September 2015, Chromecast Audio plugs into your speaker or sound system’s aux input via a 3.5mm audio jack and makes it wireless. The device earned an “excellent” rating in PCMag’s review and our coveted Editors’ Choice award.

We gave it props for its inexpensive price tag, easy setup, and high-resolution audio support. “With the simple, focused mission of making any speaker wireless, Google Chromecast Audio succeeds admirably and affordably,” we wrote at the time. Meanwhile, if you miss your opportunity to purchase Chromecast Audio before it’s completely sold out, don’t worry.

There’s plenty of other ways to introduce wireless connectivity to your current setup, most of which are relatively inexpensive and easy to accomplish.

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