Except for, you know, the entirely new speaker(s).
I love this idea, but I want a simple, small dongle, like the chromecast, that outputs audio only rather than HDMI. I already have a speaker/amp in my living room that has a mini-stereo in. I simply want a way to connect a chromecast to it.
I am now using this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMZOUVK/ref=oh_aui_detai... which is working great.
What's that all about, then?
But the HDMI splitter is probably your best bet :)
Perhaps if one could cast to multiple Chomecasts...
will work fine, only problem is double compression of audio - it sounds like crap
They had a successful Kickstarter in 2013 (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rocki/rocki-wifi-music-...) and went through Techstars Boston in Fall 2014.
it's nice that the dongle can stream from the web, but it's way more useful to make the device aware of upnp/dlna devices over my local network.
Because of this I've moved to raspberry which
- exposes itself over the network as a upnp device
- plays remote media in the main TV
- acts as a nas, it can stream to kids' room
- downloads media via torrents (that I can remotely control)
You are not the Chromecast's target audience.
Dude should have been asking for a ground floor share holding job rather than shooting it down if he was able to so easily do it
It certainly helps battery life for your mobile device to step aside as soon as playback has started. When casting video it doesn't matter even if I turn the device off.
And, well, I had controlled mpd running on my desktop machine (that has the speakers connected) and streaming from my NAS from my N900, like, 5 years ago. Replace desktop with something like rPI and the tech is here.
Stay very, very far away from UPnP/DLNA. It's borderline false advertising IMHO to claim it streams music.
I've actually had little to no trouble with DLNA overall, using among other things the ReadyDLNA server for a sparc readynas and rygel on ubuntu. i suppose it only takes one bad implementation among the components in your setup to ruin the whole experience, but i've been pleasantly surprised over the years how well it seems to work.
bubble doesn't have the best UI, but it's not bad, and there are other apps that are prettier (allcast comes to mind). in the past i would have totally agreed that most upnp controllers i had used had TERRIBLE usability, but most of those were embedded in A/V equipment (TVs, receivers), and what A/V equipment have you ever used with a good UI?
Don't get me wrong, I like the RPi, but you can spend $25 more and get a much better NAS board.
There will definitely be a small market in building devices which can serve as bridges between the standards.
As a society we are capable of making software and hardware that interoperate among manufacturers - email and HTTP are good examples. We could be a far more technologically advanced world if capitalism didn't encourage companies to create competing closed-source protocols that only benefit the companies themselves, to the detriment of everyone else.
On balance I believe it's a net positive to have some competing standards for a while as we figure out what works best. I do hope we can arrive at some interoperable standards, or we can at least mitigate the spread via low cost adapter devices.
Seems that I can now plan to add a Google Cast radio module that can be integrated into the device. I don't even have to change my design it seems, I don't even have to put all my money on this horse, and I can still do without this gadget at first and get the basic device to market as quickly as possible.
The same has been going on for digital radio recently. Only silabs have decent chips at 10€ per piece in single quantities, the rest is all large modules and obsolete chips that are all "not recommended for new designs".
Same for Bluetooth. CSR is quite hard to reach, chips are NDAed, and chip programmers and documentation is hard to get by unless you go the aliexpress route. Then suddenly the modules are easier to place on my PCB than the chip, amazingly cheap, and even the programmers are available as knockoffs for 50 dollars instead of 800.
I sense some irony in this statement.
What makes you assume that Google Cast wouldn't? You can stream your local video collection to a Chromecast.
In fact, how is it restricted at all? If it works like a Chromecast does, the SDK is open and anyone can write receiver apps to run on it. How much more open do you need it to be?
I don't want to have to upload a huge library of music just to stream it to my local network, where I already have the music on my hard drive.
But I've always wondered about this argument - Why wouldn't you put your local music library on Google music? It's free and means you've got access to your library everywhere. I could understand before they had matching that uploading 100+GB of music is probably not desirable, but it now even big libraries are fully uploaded in a day or so.
A good alternative to this is a Beep. Beep sells devices that plug into any speakers audio jack to let you stream music from your phone. What's better is that it also syncs up multiple units so you can have your music in sync across your house.
We've used them in our office a few times and love them. https://www.thisisbeep.com
This would be a killer feature if true.
But damn, the lack of a desktop sdk/api for chromecast is just infuriating. I get it, Google believes in Mobile and Web only, but you'd think if they're shooting for market domination, they wouldn't ignore an entire market segment in terms of developer options.
Of course, for my to consider this a success, I want to see the software running on more than just their HDMI dongle. People have already compiled it to run on some Chinese dongles with the same CPU, but I'd like to see it also run on some more open platforms like Freescale iMX.6, Allwinner A20, and most especially X86.
There are sidebar links for other sports too.
My ISP had some problem that let 200 families without service for a week. Although I have my local network fully working, the dongle refused to boot
I could equally say your computer is more than capable of running a self-hosted version of GMail, but "it's a restriction [Google] added" for them to run it on their servers.
The Chromecast checks the URLs against a whitelist. Presumably as a security measure, which is a perfectly valid reason, but it's still a "restriction".
To allow people to run a self-hosted GMail, huge changes would need to be made to the code. To allow me to serve my own Chromecast apps, it would need to remove a whitelist check.
I've also used Shairport on a Raspberry Pi as an AirPlay receiver - it worked great, I just wanted to keep tinkering with the Pi so I switched to the Airport Express, which I already owned.
Edit: I see someone else already said that, whoops. FWIW, I didn't have any major audio quality issues in the brief time the Pi was used for AirPlay.
Is it that much of a battery strain to connect to a radio in the house, and usually in the same room? The device that'll be doing it is designed to connect to cell towers up dozens of miles away , after all...
That said, reading up on A2DP, it seems that A2DP supports higher quality audio streams, but I have yet to see anyone advertise such in their products.
Airports generally don't need attention for airplay, and that probably leads a lot of people to the impression that you need an Apple router.
I don't remember the details of this off the top of my head.
>"Google Cast streams your music directly from the cloud instead of from your phone, so you won’t lose any sound quality."
The streaming quality from Google Music is top notch, it just seems that you had a problem getting the music into the service due to an antiquated format.
Mopidy is an extensible music server that plays music from local disk, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, and more. You edit the playlist from any phone, tablet, or computer using a range of MPD and web clients.
The two I use are Videostream for Google Chrome, and BubbleUPnP for Android.
I don't want to allow these apps to read my history, share my contacts, or expose the current running apps just to cast some media ..
Which permissions do you take issue with? I don't see anything like what you claim.
I won't even run the Facebook or LinkedIn apps without locking them down first. Frankly, it's somewhat negligent that this isn't built into the Play Store installation UI.
I wish Spotify would integrate..
Seems like they'd take the Sonos market pretty easily if/when implemented
I have a Miracast setup with over a second latency for video. When it works at all.