Add Chromecast support to Bluesound product line

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    We continue to speak with Google about Chromecast. Currently Google has not made it possible to add just the Google Chromecast for Audio (GC4A) functionality without full deep Google Assistant also being in place. As the current Bluesound Player lineup does not include microphones, this is simply not possible. Keep in mind this also may affect our ability to Support Amazon Alexa as well. We do try to be open to as many services as possible. If in the future Google decides to separates these two items, as was the previous model, we can then revisit this issue.

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    Stefan Mehre

    Would love to see this too.

    With Apple you can use AirPlay 2, but with Android you only can use Bluetooth.It would be great if Anroid users could use BluOS the same way like Apple users.

     

    Btw. I work for a system integrator company, also trying to place BluOS systems in customer projects. There I got asked many times for such a feature.

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    Christophe Saelens

    I agree, Chromecast support would be a great feature.

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    Thomas Ericsson

    Yes please, add me too.

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    Kenneth Bodin

    Indeed, I’m pretty invested in your product line and consider buying another device, but won’t do before I know if there will be chromecast support. 

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    Willem Villet

    StefanSimon I am sorry to hear about your dilemma. This is exactly what happened to me. Had I known that the NAD M10 did not have chromecast I would not have purchased it. I like the Nad but will definitely not be purchasing additional Bluesound units until Chromecast is accommodated

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    Behine DeChilis

    Big disappointment for me, too. The C 658 would be perfect for me, but no Chromecast is a deal breaker. Please let us know if/when this will be added! Thanks

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    Francis Ristori

    Yes, same for me, I would also buy another Powernode 2i if it had Chromecast.

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    Snorre Garmann

    You should really prioritize this! Not being able to use my favorite podcast app on my bluesound speakers is a serious annoyance.

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    Niten Jaiswal

    Add me to this request.  I would gladly eliminate the rest of my sonos gear if Bluesound added Chromecast support.

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    Clemens Treige

    Hi, same problem here...
    I just bought a node2i and am confused, why you cant use the original apps like tidal for streaming to bluesound.

    Please add the chromecast feature.

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    Cyril Bonnet

    Hi,
    It would definitly be a great feature! Count my vote in for this one!

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    John Hancock

    Just bought an M10 too, was considering purchasing Bluos devices for the whole house, but the lack of Chromecast support is a killer.

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    StefanSimon

    My fault, not beeing informed probably before buying. Now I've found out that Chromecast built in is not available for my new Node 2i :-(

    Considering sending the device back...

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    Francis Ristori

    Google Home and Alexa have together close to 100% of the voice assistant market. In one room I have Google Home with Naim mu-so speakers. For these speakers I never ever open the Naim application to play music, I just ask to play music on these speakers by telling the Google Assistant. In the other room, where I have the Bluesound device, I there still need to 1) find the phone, 2) find the app 3) navigate the app to finally select the music I want to play on the Bluesound, repeat. It is a nonsense for me today and will be for everyone in the future. Once you taste the voice assistant, you don't want to go back to an app to command your music system. We need Chromecast.

     

    "this feedback has been forwarded to our Quality Assurance team for their consideration" so 7 months after we are still waiting for their consideration...not sure why the Quality Assurance though as this is a feature request.

    I guess we will not receive feedback as this thread is marked as 'answered'....

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    Daniel Pugh

    I bought a refurbished chromecast audio and connected by optical/tos cable. Set the volume and input to optical. The main annoyance is double volume control, but works reasonably. Elsewhere I use arcam receiver, main qb2 in another room.

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    Willem Villet

    I would very much like to add my vote to this request. I own the Nad M10, like it quite a bit and am considering other bluesound devices. But for me the lack of Chromecast is a serious deficiency. It would really be great if it could be added

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    Stefan Mehre

    The thread becomes longer and longer. 

    @wesley, can you please add some info to this? Is there a chance with the present devices or can‘t it happen because of the hardware?

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    StefanSimon

    I've send the Node back.
    Besides the missing Chromecast, the input quality is also missing (especially over Toslink).

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    Willem Villet

    I must admit I find it sad that Nad is not providing an update or response after all these comments. We have purchased their equipment and would potentially like to purchase more but as of now we do not know whether the lack of Chromecast is a hardware issue or whether can be addressed via software. Nor do we know if there is any plan to provide this feature at some future time. Very sad indeed....

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    Willem Villet

    @Stefan the Cambridge Audio CXN V2 streamer has both Chromecast and Airplay. So the explanation does not seem complete. I wish Nad would provide a formal answer in this forum

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    Willem Villet

    It is astonishing to me that Bluesound is not providing a formal response in spite of all these requests

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    Daniel Pugh

    My arcam avr10 has airplay2, roon, Bluetooth and Chromecast!

    Please add Chromecast.

    If possible could someone at the UK repair depot fix returned powernode and send back to me ;-)

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    Rene van Erk

    Same here ..by now the whole world is on Android and Google Chromecast is one of the major ways to play Music. If you want to make money you need this feature.

    The original requests for this go back to 2014, just like the Google Voice integration requests (which has at least a limited implementation now).

    Maybe someone @bluesound can let us at least know if putting a Chromecast in the Powernode through HDMI or USB will work or that there will be limitations as well? For example: what if I plug in 1 Chromecast (in HDMI or USB), will I be able to cast the music over all Nodes?

    Guys @Bluesound .. honestly, you owe us answers and communication here, we live in a world where suppliers continuously interact with clients over these types of Fora - let us know what works, what doesn't work, set the expectations right so we can either stick to Bluesound or dump it .. but silence is not acceptible

    thank you

     

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    Ryan Sudding

    I would also love to have this capability. Both in terms of services like Soundcloud, but also for integration with the Google Voice Assistant. 

    I am a current Bluesound Node 2i owner, and find using Bluetooth for these sorts of services a real pain. Not exactly what you call user friendly.

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    Andrew

    I'd quite like Google Cast too. Notice Arcam and Cambridge Audio have both Airplay 2 and Google Cast built in. Would be a real boon.

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    Clemens Treige

    I posted a new question to the Community Board to answer our topic here. Let's see what happens, they really seem not to care for 'answered'-marked topics.

    https://support1.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360048008054-Answer-Chromecast-Support-post-please?mobile_site=true

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    Stanisław Chmielewski

    Yeah. They don't. I was considering of buying bluesound device but this forum teach me really quick not to do so. Thank You all and see you on other (more customer aware hifi producer) forum. 

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    Wesley P.

    Hello Alex,

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.

    We have received similar requests from other users to support Chromecast within the Bluesound lineup and this feedback has been forwarded to our Quality Assurance team for their consideration. I will pass your feedback along as well to show there is still demand for this feature in hopes that we can bring this to the BluOS app in a future firmware update.

    Regards,
    Wesley P.

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    Julius

    Since Chromecast does 24 Bit AND streams directly from the cloud, I'm a huge fan, so PLUS 1!

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