The Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X smartphones were arguably the brightest stars of Google’s recent jam-packed product announcement event, but fans of ultra-affordable gadgets making their connected lives easier probably appreciated the refreshed Chromecast and Chromecast Audio as well.

While we were kind of expecting the former digital media player, the latter took us all by surprise, aiming to seamlessly turn any “dumb” speaker into an advanced wireless music streamer.

Priced at $35, and compatible with Android handhelds and tablets, plus iPhones, iPads, Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows laptops, the Chromecast Audio also stands out with extensive support for all the most popular music streaming services in the world.

All except for one, and according to Google, it’s Apple’s fault. Apparently, the search giant extended an olive branch to its Cupertino-based arch-nemesis, and tried to get Apple Music to work alongside the audio-only content caster, just like Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Rdio, iHeartRadio and, of course, Google Play Music do.

But Apple showed no interest in a collaboration, for reasons that aren’t clear at the moment. It’s not like the Chromecast Audio has a direct adversary in Tim Cook’s backyard, and the intelligent sound mediator supports iOS and OS X devices.

Source: Trusted Reviews

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