A few months ago we put a new shower head in the shower in the master bathroom. It quickly became my daughter’s favorite place to shower. Why? Because it had Bluetooth and she could listen to the music from her phone in the shower. Of course it also meant they wanted to do their hair in there and get dressed so they could continue to enjoy their music. I learned that something had to be done about this if I ever wanted my master bathroom back. Google Chromecast Audio gave me my bathroom back!
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I was so excited to learn about Google Chromecast Audio. I mean who wouldn’t be if it meant they could get their bathroom back? But more importantly Google Chromecast Audio allows everyone in the family to listen to the music they want to hear in the rooms they want to hear them. We can also stream music to our outdoor sound system perfect for pool parties and play dates.
About Google Chromecast Audio
Small, portable, versatile and affordable Google Chromecast Audio makes it possible to enjoy your favorite music just about anywhere, anytime. Easy instructions are located inside the box and I admit, my tween aged daughter had her speaker and phone set up in minutes. Then she got to help me!
A small round black puck, which looks a little bit like a teeny, tiny CD is lightweight. You plug one cord into the power and the other 3.5 mm audio cable into both the Google Chromecast Audio and your speaker. We tried it with both a portable speaker as well as with our outdoor home stereo system.
Using Google Chromecast Audio
Download the app from Google Play or on iTunes as it’s compatible with iPhone®, iPad®, Android phone and tablet, Mac® and Windows® laptop, or Chromebook and set yourself up in minutes. You can play music on your speakers, new or old, wirelessly from your phone, laptop or tablet. By using your phone, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home. And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery.
Since it’s via Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth you can stream crystal clear hi res sound. The advantages to using Wi-Fi over Bluetooth means higher sound quality and I’ve found that it uses less battery. Best of all it’s not just playing music you have downloaded but you can stream songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. Find out more about this feature at chromecast.com/apps.
I admit that we not only streamed music saved to our devices but also from sites like Pandora or Spotify. Last but not least the kids were able to enjoy some of their favorite Disney movies – like our home screening of Moana which is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
No more fighting over “I can’t hear it” as they try to watch a DVD on their laptop or a movie on their iPad. They stream the sound to another speaker in the room and silence reigns. Well not necessarily silence, but all you hear is the sweet sound of music or movies instead of two daughters screaming at each other.
We like to play music while we are cleaning so the fact that Google Chromecast Audio lets you listen to the same song on multiple speakers is a real bonus. You will need more than one Google Chromecast Audio but it’s so affordable that’s not too difficult at all. Setting up access to the rooms can be a little confusing at first, again it was something my oldest daughter was able to figure out in minutes.
While I love the ability to play music on multiple speakers throughout the house I think the best thing of all about Google Chromecast Audio is that it allows for individuality. One daughter loves country music, another pop and another is stuck on the Hamilton soundtrack right now. With this audio system each of their rooms are filled with the sounds of music without the trouble that headphones bring when mom calls out “It’s time for dinner!” Now they hear their music AND my voice.