Good news for iOS and Android users out there, as Spotify has now added support for the second-generation Chromecast, as well as adding support for the new Chromecast Audio device. If you have not yet heard about Chromecast Audio, it will allow any non-smart speakers to get the ability to stream, without needing any other devices or accessories.
The new Spotify update allowing for Chromecast support has been something people have been requesting for a long time, and support for Chromecast is available right now for both iOS and Androiod devices. While Spotify Chromecast support is currently only available for the second-generation Chromecast, there will be support coming for the first-generation Chromecast as well, although that is not going to happen right now. It is not known exactly when Spotify is going to add Chromecast support for the first-generation dongles, but it more than likely will be out within the next few months.
When you look on Google Play and iTunes, Spotify did confirm that you can play Spotify on your home speakers, as well as your television since there is now support for the new Chromecast added to the highly-popular application. Spotify also did confirm that existing Chromecasts will be getting support soon as well, although no date was mentioned in the confirmation post. Google announced about a month ago that there is a second-generation Chromecast that comes with a revamped application, and this allows the user to control all of their content and devices from just one location.
If you look at the new features available to you, you will see that there is a new section, called What’s On, which will show you a ton of different options from multiple streaming portals. This basically means that you do not have to go through individual applications and scan through them anymore, as you can do it from one place now. This not only will make it easier to search for what you want, but it also saves you a bunch of time since you do not have to search through each individual app, and thus it gives you more freedom in terms of how you find and broadcast what you are looking for.
While it seems that it should be pretty easy to get Chromecast support on Spotify, there are a couple of caveats to this deal that you might want to know about, as nothing is quire as simple as it sounds.
The first thing is that if you want to steam through Chromecast Audio or other Cast-enabled device, you have to pay the $9.99 monthly fee for Spotify Premium services, as you cannot get this through the free Spotify version. The good thing about paying the $9.99 a month though is that you will be getting rid of the advertisements, but still, Spotify does not tell you up front that you will need to pay this monthly fee if you plan on using your Chromecast Audio device.
If you are on a Nexus Player or Shield Tablet, then you likely are not getting this new update either, just like the first-generation Chromecast. Don’t worry though since this is still a new thing for Spotify, and more devices and operating systems are coming once this gets settled. If you do not know which Chromecast you have, the first-generation Chromecast looks like a key, whereas the second-generation Chromecast is a more rounded dongle. You may be able to get support on the Nexus Player or the Shield Tablet, but it does not appear in the details and notes of the update, so you can try it, although it likely will not work until a later update happens sometime in the near future.
Another part about this is that you might notice some user interface changes coming to Spotify, including on the app itself, which should help you find things more easily, and should help the application run more smoothly on devices. If you have Spotify Premium Services then you do not need to do anything if you already have the Chromecast Audio, as everything should be working properly starting today. You might have to play around with the new features and updates to the Spotify application because since it is now Chromecast enabled, there are going to be a few more options and buttons available on the screens, so make sure that you pay attention to the setup of the application and the new button functions to ensure you know what you are doing before you try to Cast to a television near you.
If you would like to get the new Spotify update, which includes Chromecast second-generation support, you can download it either over-the-air on your device, or you can head to either the Apple iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.