Google Chromecast Audio was a very similar device to Google Chromecast, but with different cables and streaming capabilities.
Where Chromecast was created to beam shows and movies to your TV from streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, Chromecast Audio was created to beam music to your speaker system from streaming music services like Spotify and Google Play.
As of 2019, Google Chromecast is discontinued, leaving users who have gotten used to the device’s sleek design and integration scouring the marketplace in a search for similar products.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Google Chromecast Audio, here are a few possibilities. None of these will truly replace Chromecast Audio, but they will give a decent approximation.
While Chromecast Audio has been discontinued, Google Chromecast is still on the market, and it offers the closest available alternative to Chromecast Audio. It should. It is, after all, practically the same device designed for different utility.
If, by chance, your stereo/speaker system is already hooked up to your TV, integration with Google Chromecast is super easy. Simply stream to Google Chromecast through your audio program as normal. (Chromecast should appear as a device option in Spotify and Google Play as soon as you set it up in the Google Home app.)
If your stereo/speaker system is separate from your TV, you’ll have to get a little more creative. You can use an HDMI splitter to direct the audio signal from the TV to your audio system.
This can cause some latency issues, so it’s essential to use high-quality cables when connecting.
AudioCast is exactly like Chromecast Audio. Like exactly. It looks the same. It connects the same way. In fact, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they were churned out by the same factory. (Not saying they are. I’m just saying I wouldn’t be surprised.)
It’s basically the generic version of Chromecast Audio.
Since it is the generic version of Chromecast Audio, it works… well, generically. A simple gander at the AudioCast app reviews on Google Play or the App Store will show you that it works for some people, doesn’t work for others, might work for a minute, or might only work with certain music services.
And you have to go through the AudioCast app to send any music to the AudioCast device.
Can’t say we recommend this one, but if you are most concerned about finding something just like Chromecast Audio, this is your answer.
Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter
When it comes to streaming music from your apps to your speakers, it really is just a matter of linking your speakers up to your house’s WiFi.
That’s the idea behind the Bose SoundTouch Wireless Link Adapter.
Bose SoundTouch works like Chromecast Audio in that it connects to your speaker system via cables, then you just send the audio signal over WiFi and it plays it through the speaker system.
The biggest difference is that SoundTouch is considerably more expensive than Chromecast Audio at around $150.
Bluetooth Audio Adapter
We know, we know. Streaming over Bluetooth doesn’t provide the same audio quality as streaming over WiFi. But a quality Bluetooth adapter with a good sound system can come pretty dang close. And it’s similar to Chromecast Audio in a lot of ways.
A Bluetooth audio adapter is compact, inexpensive, and always ready to go once installed.
You won’t get the same quality, but if you’ve got a high-end sound system with good quality speakers and connectors, some of the lossiness can be made up on the receiving end.
And it’s cheaper than a WiFi pass-through.
Not at all comparable in terms of price, if it’s sheer sound quality you’re looking for to replace Chromecast Audio, it’s hard to beat a WiFi-enabled receiver. And it works just like Chromecast Audio. Simply send your music from your streaming service to the device.
A WiFi receiver is ideal for those who already have quality speaker setups, or those who are looking to set up a high-definition, premium listening environment.
Hook up your good speakers, and you’re basically listening to your music apps through a real stereo. The final sound quality is entirely dependent on the speakers you connect.
As far as sound and versatility, this is your best option for replacing Chromecast Audio, but it will cost you hundreds of dollars (thousands, if you’re buying speakers too) instead of tens of dollars.
Our favorite Wifi Receiver options:
- Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-ch Surround Sound Home Theater AV Receiver (Chromecast and Spotify Connect built in)
- Denon AVR-S750H Receiver
- Marantz M-CR612 Network CD Receiver (2019 Model)
Sonos or Bose Speakers
If you don’t already have speakers, you may actually save money by buying a WiFi-enabled speaker system instead of going the independent receiver route.
Sonos and Bose smart speakers are designed specifically with streaming music in mind, have excellent sound quality, and don’t require any additional devices to make them work.
They are, however, pricey. Real pricey. If you want a full sound system, it will cost you upwards of $1,000, but when it comes to the sound, it’s worth it.
Our favorite option right now is the Bose Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System.
When it comes down to it, there is no true alternative to Google Chromecast Audio.
If you’re looking for comparable sound quality, you can get it, but it’s going to cost you substantially more.
If you’re looking for a lower price point, you can get it, but your sound quality is going to suffer.
Basically, Google discontinuing Chromecast Audio was a blow to audio connoisseurs everywhere. Hopefully, they are working on a replacement that offers the same quality at the same price for release in the near future.