Google has confirmed that it is discontinuing the Chromecast Audio.
In a statement sent to Android Police, the company said,
Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio. We have therefore stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products. We will continue to offer assistance for Chromecast Audio devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts and more.
Chromecast Audio was a small and affordable way to stream audio from your phone to a pair of active speakers with a line-in or optical input. The device behaved much in the same way as a Chromecast, allowing you to cast audio from supported apps over the network to the device, which could then be played through the speakers.
In the wake of more and more devices adding built-in Chromecast support, as well as devices such as smart speakers, Google probably doesn't see much value in continuing the sales of the Chromecast Audio or even releasing a new version.
However, it still remains one of the cheapest and best way to send audio from your phone to your non-smart speakers and although the company may have stopped manufacturing them, you may still be able to snag one for as low as $15.
If you look a similar product at amazon, you can find lots of alternatives.
Works great with my 20 year old JVC shelf stereo that sounds better than any smart speaker (I have three of those too). I can say to my phone "ok google play (whatever) in the kitchen" and it does it. Google should let another company resell thi...
A great product for wirelessly connecting my Spotify playlist to my 80s ghetto blaster. Nothing beats 80s sound through 80s speakers.