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1 Year in: Google has Sold “Millions” of Chromecasts, Gives Away Free Google Music to Celebrate

Today, Google is celebrating the birthday of Chromecast by announcing a handful of stats to show how popular their HDMI streaming dongle has become. At $35, the Chromecast is still one of the best values in tech, as it allows you to take all sorts of media and “cast” it directly to almost any screen. It is a fantastic tool.

According to Google, they have sold “millions” of Chromecast devices in this first year, have tracked more than 400 million casts, and are selling the device in 20 countries and 30,000 stores across the globe. I don’t know that any of us saw this dongle becoming such a big seller, but like I just mentioned, there is incredible value there. It was sold out for months on Amazon and Google Play when initially launched before Google could catch up to demand. One year in, I would say that Chromecast has been a surprise success.Β 

To celebrate this occasion, Google is handing out free 90-day Google Music All Access subscriptions to anyone with a Chromecast who isn’t already an All Access member. The offer starts today and runs through September 30, 2014.Β More info on the All Access, 90-day promo can be found here.

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  • socalrailroader

    “This offer is not available for anyone who has previously subscribed to All Access, the unlimited music service from Google Play, either on a paid or free trial basis.”

    Yeah, well that’s not cool.

  • Synacks

    Watching Bad Words with Allcast through Chromecast right now lol

  • sski66


  • Kurious

    Does google track and store what passes through a chromecast?

  • Bruce Cables

    help, i keep getting “Server error. Try again later.” after proceeding to connect to my Chromecast. help?

    • Bruce Cables

      nvm, worked 20 minutes after

  • AbbyZFresh

    Why is Google so afraid to release the exact numbers of Chromecasts sold?

    • JSo

      Why do people care?

      • AbbyZFresh

        It’s nice to know. Samsung and Apple release their numbers. It’s a good way to promote the Chromecast brand for popularity.

        • Marc

          Nah. I don’t think it’s necessary. Of course those two brands release sales numbers, but Google doesn’t release sales numbers for GPE and Nexus devices either. Every company is different.

  • trixnkix637

    Not available to people who have had a free trial or a subscription previously… πŸ™

  • Smeckle

    We already used it but now that we cut the cable I’m sure we will use it more than ever.

  • AngieLaharoli

    my co-worker’s sister makes $65 hourly on the computer . She has been unemployed for 8 months but last month her check was $17938 just working on the computer for a few hours.

    see this website……………………………bit.ly/Uc26xT

  • Michael Hammond

    Well this isn’t “FREE” it’s just an extended trial.

    Kinda sucks that it’s not FREE as advertised

    • JSo

      It’s a paid service that people get for FREE for 90 days. And that’s what it says in the advertisement. What are you meaning?

  • John

    What’s the benefit of using the charger with the Chromecast?
    Possible stronger signal?

    • JSo

      I’m assuming you are talking about the advantages of plugging it into the wall rather than the TV? If you have it plugged into the wall, you can turn on the TV with your device and not the remote. It turns on directly to the Chromecast

    • MI95SHO

      The chromecast can be “always on”. Some TV’s can then turn on, and switch to the source when you click cast.

  • MI95SHO

    Took a couple extra purchases, but now I can take the chromecast from the big screen, to the in-car screen, to my work monitor, and back. Amazing where this little device can go!

    • JSo

      I’ve never seen an HDMI port in a car. I, personally, wouldnt need that but its Interesting.

      • MI95SHO

        HDMI, no. That is some of the extra purchases. Bought a HDMI to component converter. Works pretty nice to cast Nav or put up Netflix for the passengers.

  • renGek

    Direct mirror casting made it so much more awesome I canceled my cable. I think its going to make mobile gaming actually worth while.

  • duke69111

    The chromecast in the picture above looks like it has a button. I don’t think mine has that. What is it?

    • Anthony Tyson

      Reset button. They all have it.

      • duke69111

        Maybe i need to take another look at it. I haven’t seen it in a long time. πŸ™‚

    • JSo

      Yours should have it. Its the reset button

  • jamaall

    Thanks for rewarding your loyal All Access members google!

    • Marc

      You know that this is Google’s way of getting more people pumped for All Access, right? You probably participated in the $7.99 discount promo back when it came out… That’s life man.

      • jamaall

        Nope. I think at the very least they give us that offer $8 per month for current subscribers / Chromecast owners for a limited time, like 6 months or even 3. Oh well.

  • Chromecast ($35) and Plex ( Free) best combo in tech.

    • Chris B

      I agree with you. However, I toss the Plex developers a yearly subscription because their apps are awesome! Support those Devs!

      • Agreed. I bought the lifetime subscription a while back after a few months of subscribing monthly. I realized how awesome Plex was going to be. Plus they mentioned the lifetime subscription was going away. It’s awesome that Plex is 100% free to use and gauge how much you use it though.

        • trixnkix637

          I thought about going with Plex, but went with LocalCast instead. Any advantages in going paid (plex), versus free (localcast)?

          • I’ve never used LocalCast so I can’t speak on it. I use Plex as a server. It does quite a lot after a tiny bit of setting up. I can watch or listen to my media on multiple devices, on the go.. while away from home. Plus a big bonus for me is how they add all of the beautiful metadata for the app’s interface. Looks good on mobile but even better on Google TV. The ability to cast is just another added bonus. Its all free, the only monies I paid was to support the developer.

  • That was the biggest surprise at that year’s I/O and I had the feeling that it’d be a huge success for its simplicity.

  • needa

    hmm. took months for them to catch up with demand. but for some reason other companies are expected to be able to produce full fledged phones for the masses in a matter of days.

  • Mike

    It’s unfortunate I recently started the free 30 day trial.

    I have two Chromecasts but can’t take advantage of this offer. πŸ™

  • XvierX

    Use it everyday. I also got my family to buy them and some of them disconnected their cable altogether.

  • paticao

    Chromecast + Plex wow!!!!!!!!!

  • Mr Glass

    Plex + Chromecast makes me a happy camper!!

    • Andy

      what is so good about plex?

      • Mr Glass

        I already had a Plex server setup for my Samsung TV in the main room.. Watching TV shows/Movies/Music on all of my Android devices where ever there is a network connection is great. The TV in the bedroom is not a smart TV capable of running any apps – so being able to watch the first half of a movie on the living room TV and then going to bed and watching the second half from where I stopped via plex/chromecast just works great..

  • Colin Huber

    I still really enjoy to word “dongle.”

  • great only available for people who have never used All Access -_-

  • Bionicman

    love my chromecast. its incredibly smooth for hulu, youtube, netflix and plex videos. im planning on getting another one for my bedroom. ive given them out as gifts as well and i know those are being used heavily as well. Google really nailed that one out of the park!

  • Champion1229

    I wish this would apply to those who already subscribe to All Access.

  • Kelly OBrien

    definitely one of the best deals of last year period I use my chromecast just about every day but especially my daughter uses it to stream Netflix and everything else she does from her phone straight to the TV it’s easy she’s not very techy but is simple to use.

  • BeHereNow8484

    I use it every day. I’ve given about 8 of them away as gifts over the past year as well.

  • chris_johns

    i never bought one bc i dont see a reason for it…i have an xbox one in my room a 360 in my living room and i have my pc right next to my bed…i really dont know what chromecast can do that id need it for…my fav thing ive discovered is casting movies and videos ive downloaded from my windows 8 computer to my xbox one…i use that all the time

  • Silver Veloz

    Chromecast is great. Use it all the time. Got one for my brother and my nephew who’s renting a room from someone (Now he doesn’t need to worry about paying for cable). I also have one in my travel bag ready to go. Great to have on vacations.

  • T4rd

    “This offer is not available for anyone who has previously subscribed to
    All Access, the unlimited music service from Google Play, either on a
    paid or free trial basis.”

    Garbage.. I used the trial when it first came out and payed for it for a couple months. >-(

  • DanSan

    honestly i had such high hopes when I bought the chromecast on launch day. the amount of times ive used it i can count on one hand. having a tablet, PS3 and smart tv i really dont see a use for it sadly.

    the smart tv turns it self into my chromecast and i just use Allcast app to push whatever i want.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Kinda sucks that even if you HAD a subscription at one point and no longer have one (lost my job and $7 a month for music wasn’t a priority as much as i used and loved the service) you still cant get the promo.

  • Anyone know if the offer is good for multiple Google accounts with 1 chromecast? Both my wife and I use our google accounts with just one chromecast, wondering if the offer will be available to both of us. If nobody finds out I’ll post my findings later.

  • thecyberguy

    Is this offer only for Canadians?

  • evltwn

    I love my chromecasts….I have one for the bedroom and a 2nd one for the living room. Also ordered it on launch day, so I was able to get 3 months of Netflix for free. Best way to turn your regular high def TV into a smart tv.

  • SparkysShocker

    I would use my Chromecast so much more if it supported WiFi direct.

  • T4rd

    So they’ll just e-mail you the promo code if you’ve used a Chromecast on your account?

  • I use my Chromecast everyday. Especially for movies, games, YouTube and Netflix now even though I can fire up the apps right on my “Smart TV” or PlayStation

    • tu3218

      what games?

      • Miguel

        Just cast your screen and you’ll be playing any games on your phone on the tv.

        • JSo

          Well that doesn’t work for every phone. And the picture on the screen is still a half a second or so behind. I don’t think that’s the best way to play games. But yes, it’s possible.

      • If you go to the Playstore and type in Chromecast games they have a good number of 2 player trivia games, Hangman, Tic Tac Toe card games. I’ve tried to purchase Monopoly Millionaire for my phone but it’s not compatible for some odd reason

  • Chris

    I use it every day. Tried using the Xbox 360 to watch Netflix in my bedroom but it kept stopping to buffer and the quality was low. The quality and buffering are much better on the chromecast for some reason.

  • romma

    I hate having to remember to cancel “free offers” before my bank account gets clipped.

    • JSo

      Have you tried All Access? When it started, I thought I would try it out for the free month and then cancel it before it charged me. I just stayed with it because it’s that good.

      • Mech_Engr_09

        Spotify or gtfo!

        • El Big CHRIS

          I liked Spotify as well. But google music @ $7 is cheaper than Spotify’s $10

          • Uh, no. Unless you were one of the first to sign up it’s $9.99 per month.

          • JMonkeYJ

            Even if you did sign up at first it’s $7.99/month. Not sure if or where he got that $7 deal.

          • Mech_Engr_09

            But I think google’s music app sucks.

          • Big EZ

            Google All Access is $9.99 per account/user.

          • Maximβˆ‘

            Soundcloud @ $0

        • JSo

          Spotify doesn’t let me upload my own music, does it?

        • tdurden64111

          I sure do hate Spotify and get into verbal and physical fights with my friend about it.

          • Alex Barnette

            it’s because they suck at making interfaces, additionally it’s very clunky and glitchy and the queue is a nightmare to use.
            It’s worth fighting about.

      • romma

        Thanks for the tip. I am usually so busy, that I listen a lot less to music than I should. I have a pretty extensive library downloaded into Google Music (although somewhat dated). Now when I want to hear a song that I don’t have, I go to youtube and find it. I particularly like to check out live concert versions of songs on youtube nowadays. And lots of full concerts. Most of what I listen to are political podcasts. Which boils my blood… LOL

      • Collin Chapin

        Same here. I even pay for two subscriptions so my little sister can use it because its that good.

        • sirmeili

          I wish you could pay for “multiple streams” without having to pay for multiple accounts. Even better, a multi account discount or something (like a “family plan”). $10/month/family member adds up because you can only listen to it on 1 device at a time. Even then, you have to upload your music to each account (from my local CD collection).

          • Evan Knofsky

            You can definitely listen to it on more than one device at a time.

          • sirmeili

            They must have changed that. It was that if you started it on a secondary device, it would kill your connection on any device you were already listening on. I just tested it (though not even for a song’s length) and it seemed to work. So awesome! I’m glad they fixed that. I have a “familiy” google account that i use for family emails, shared app purchases, etc that I was thinking of getting google music for. Now I think I will (even though I will now have to pay $10 instead of $8/month πŸ™ )

    • Blue Sun

      That’s what Google Now reminders are for.

  • David Caccavo

    now that it can cast any screen, things just got real.

  • Brandon Miller

    Chromecast has essentially become one of those parts of my entertainment experience that goes pretty much unnoticed. I use it at least once per day and it is so incredibly convenient to have. The phone being the remote is really what has made it such a seamless experience for me.

    • Collin Chapin

      Yep its fantastic.

    • JMonkeYJ

      I totally agree about the remote thing. I read a lot of complaints about it not having a dedicated remote, but to me that is one of its best features. I suppose a dedicated remote for those who really need it wouldn’t hurt, but I love not dealing with one.

  • JSo

    I use my Chromecast, LITERALLY, every day. I already have All access music so I stream that to my TV. I watch movies and TV shows using Plex and some third party plugins for it. When I have parties, it’s YouTube and Pandora. It’s easily the most used device I own.

  • Bradley Ruiz

    I use it everyday, chromecast + plex that i got for free a couple of weeks ago in the amazon appstore = win πŸ™‚

  • love it! especially since Comcast won’t support HBOGo on my other streaming devices.

  • T4rd

    They need to release an updated one that supports 5 GHz. Still think it’s crazy that it didn’t to begin with.

    • JSo

      Sadly, the hardware may not be able to do 5 GHz.

      • That’s what he meant. Release an updated one with 5 GHz WiFi support.

        • JSo

          Oh, I thought he meant a software update.

        • T4rd

          Indeed. Figured after a year or so, they would release a new revision that supports 5GHz. Wouldn’t think it would be that big of a deal to include it. 2.4 GHz is just too noisy if you have a lot of clients on it (which I do), but if you have a decent router, it’s still adequate.

          • sirmeili

            I missed that it had no ethernet. For my “streaming” devices, i prefer ethernet over wifi. Granted, I realize that chromecast was never going to have ethernet. I just missed it πŸ™‚

    • psuturtle

      I’ve had nothing but trouble getting it to work with my Linksys E3000. Disabling AP isolation didn’t work.

  • archercc

    i KILL my chromecast now that HBO and ESPN mobile apps are on it. I relocated and dont get my favorite sports teams on local ESPN so ESPN3/WatchESPN is a godsend. I also use it for music a lot.

  • Willie D

    I think its rude that they wont even credit people who have Google All Access and remain loyal to their products. I know when Netflix brands with a device, you can use the codes to get credit for the months, rather than nothing at all. Thanks Google, I got ONE month to try, and now you are giving away THREE months to others? Thats a real way to win me and build brand loyalty. Suddenly Roku and Apple TV look a bit better.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Roku doesn’t have a music service to give you anything free. Neither does the Apple TV. I’m not even sure what your point is.

      • Roger K.

        His point is, “waaaaaah waaaaaah waaaaaaaaaaaah!!”

        • Willie D

          No, my point is, many other co-branded items give you credit for their own services. Like when you bought the Chromecast to start when it launched, they had 3 months of Netflix attached. If you already had Netflix, then Netflix applied those 3 months as a credit to your account. Allowing you to use it freely without charge for that time. They didnt do what Google is saying, which is, “Since you already have it, you dont get credit for any months at all. New people only!” Which I think is a really crappy way to keep brand loyalty, include SOME but not your most loyal users of your products. With that said, Roku has plenty of music and other options that I can use, clearly some people dont know about private channels. Apple TV integrates well with wifi networks, devices, etc….THATS my point.

          • IrishSid


          • Willie D

            Okay fine… If it makes you happy, then okay… I WANT SOMETHING FOR FREE OTHERS ARE GETTING! Jesus! Only immature children post “Waaaa”

          • Kunal

            I’m in the same boat as you. I signed up for GPMAA shortly after it debuted, bought a Chromecast (but didn’t get the Netflix promo), and now Google slaps us in the face by not letting us take advantage of this new offer. Google, have you heard of loyalty?

          • sirmeili

            Well, if you got it when it first started, you only pay $8/month (instead of the normal $10 or 11 or whatever it is). So your brand loyalty is that you get it cheaper. Every 5 months or so, you get a month “free”. Over the past year you’ve gotten at least 2 free months on top of the initial free month.

          • Willie D

            I dont remember saying I got All Access in the beginning either. So even more when I am paying MORE AND GET LESS.

          • sirmeili

            The response you are responding to, was to Kanal, not you. Kunal said that he signed up for it shortly after it debuted, which is when they were giving the cheaper price. He could have gotten it after that deal, but at least the “early adopters” are being rewarded in some sense.

          • Curtis

            You are paying more, but getting the exact same thing.

          • Curtis

            Some people like eating their cake too ya know!

          • sirmeili

            Some people continuously want stuff for fee. the issue was that they don’t give rewards to loyal customers. While that may be true, the continuously give rewards to early adopters of the service. you’re saying “I want my free 3 months!!” when effectively over the past year you’ve gotten over 3 months free already. They have to make money somehow, not continuously give you free product.

          • Curtis

            We’re on the same side of this argument. I got three months of Netflix comped and I pay $8 a month for signing up early. I’m really happy! The quality of service and continued support/updates of both the Chromecast and All Access (Play Music) is what I would call, what he referred to as, “brand loyalty” a few comments up.

          • Kunal

            Good point! However for people who signed up after that intro offer expired, they still get screwed out of this current offer.

          • sirmeili

            See my comment to Kunal about how your loyalty is rewarded (as an early adopter). I generally agree with your sentiment though. I understand they are trying to get “new customers”, but they could every once in a while reward existing users.

            Edit, I see below you state that you weren’t an “early adopter”. I for some reason though you were.

          • Curtis

            Is that quote really what Google said?

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I think the whole point is that you most likely already got a promotion, such as the Netflix promotion. If you already got one, why should you get another one? Or if you are on the promotional cost for all access, why would you expect to get yet another promotional deal? That’s not how any of this works!

          • PoisonApple31

            Google already gave the “loyal users” a break keeping it at $8/month! =)

        • chris_johns

          damnit u beat me to it

      • YoMama


    • chris_johns

      all i read was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Collin Chapin


    • traviscoleman

      Take advantage by purchasing a new Chromecast for another tv. I’m sure you can use more than ‘1’ and quit complaining. You’re part of the problem! You want everything that’s offered to draw in new members as well. I mean c’mon the thing is $35 dollars, how many offers do you think they can keep giving you before they start losing money! Be realistic and appreciate that Google is offering another “promotion” that you in-turn could take advantage of. In regards to, Apple looks better. Name the last Apple promotion that benefited anyone besides Apple!

  • Mordecaidrake

    I use mine every day. Got 2 in my house and one in my vacation house. I’ve converted several people to them as well.

    • Mech_Engr_09

      damn bro got that vacation house. must be on that jewish money.

      • Danny


      • Brian Menius

        Shots fired!

      • normmcgarry

        I have a vacation home and I’m not jewish. What’s your point?

        • Nino Sidari

          I think you misunderstood him…he said the MONEY was jewish, not the person.

      • calculatorwatch

        Lots of people on this site buy a new phone like every 3 months. I’m not one of them, but if you can afford to throw that kind of cash around, then a vacation house can’t be too far off.

      • Will

        I think it’s probably more likely that he was making a reference to his name. “Bar mitzvah money like my last name Mordecai.” – Drake

        • Mech_Engr_09

          finally someone gets it. haha. I’m going to that drake vs lil wayne concert in august. SOOO PUMPED.

          • socalrailroader

            That’s actually a pretty racist thing to say. Is Drake taking a page from the Minister Farrakhan? http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/9437/louis_farrakhan_calls_jews_the_worst_enemy_of_african_americans

            I’m not Jewish, I’m English, Welsh, German and French, but I thought that needs to be pointed out, it’s an old and awful stereotype.

          • Mech_Engr_09

            Damn, you’re the type of person that makes me pissed off. I think you need to go jump off a bridge. Drake is jewish, get some knowledge before you start making posts like you’re Gandhi or something asshat.

  • I use my chromecast almost daily. Love it.

  • megatron1949

    i really like chromecast, im casting movies on my tv from putlocker. its awesome

  • Nice, I’m waiting for Android TV though, and as someone with Roku 3 i wasn’t even thinking of getting a Chromecast.

    • Allen Yates

      Yeah, I love my Rokus too. But they can’t do Google Play Music. I also think the quality of Netflix is better on the Chromecast.

      • sirmeili

        Which I think is a shame. I know Google has Chromecast and soon AndroidTV, but having apps on other streaming devices would only expand their brand. Even if I get an AndroidTV device, we have 4 (FOUR!) Rokus in our house. I’m not replacing them all and since I can’t access Google TV/Movies/Musice/etc on them, why would I buy into the ecosystem?

        • SparkysShocker

          Play Music is on iOS, so I don’t think it’s Google not wanting their apps on other devices, it’s the Device manufacturers that are the problem. Like you wont ever see Play Music on an Xbox or PS, but thats on Microsoft and Sony.

          • sirmeili

            I don’t think Roku is stopping Google from releasing an app on Rokus. They have over 1000 channels. Having google apps on Roku would only ever Benefit Roku and Google.

            Edit: Also, you can create “private” channels for Roku that you can install without them being in their store.

      • gambit07

        You can get your uploaded music and any playlists and radios you have created in Google Music on your Roku. It’s not an official app but it is called Nowhere Music and I included the link below. Haven’t had any issues with it, although I agree it’s not ideal.


  • Michael Suriel

    Use my chromecast almost every day. The BEST $35 dollars I ever spent. Coupled with the free Netflix from when it was released makes it one of the biggest steals of last year.

    • Miguel

      I bought two of this suckers when they first came out and now even my wife whom it’s not tech savvy and my kids love it and use it constantly, it’s portable just like a charger, you can take it anywhere.

      • MH

        I did the same.

    • Marc

      Best $35 dollar I have ever spent as well. My wife loves watching Netflix and this is definitely the most convenient way for her to watch Netflix on the big screen.

    • Brad Husband

      Try showbox. Way better thAn Netflix and newer releases. Completely free.

      • Asimoalex

        Showbox works with chromecast??

        • Brad Husband

          Showbox in conjunction with localcast. Works like a charm.

          • Showbox app FTW

            Showbox and chromecast works great, finally get to see quite a few movies I missed this spring, that won’t be on dvd till fall

          • Showbox app FTW

            With allcast that is

        • Juan

          Load up something on showbox, open with Avia. Or you can just cast your screen now.

        • AlpaXray

          Showbox also works with allcast

      • Michael Suriel

        I’ve tried it a couple of times. Hasn’t really worked for me that much. Granted, the internet connection I was on at those times was pretty slow so I’ll try it again another time. It does seem to be a great app, though.

      • AB

        Can you give a link to showbox. Google search gives something completely different.

    • Pixel 8

      Chromecast sucks. And is “millions” code for some other number?

      • SolarShane13

        And the iSheep has spoken!

        Not only does Chromecast do the same thing as Apple TV, it’s cheaper too!

  • Nick Harrold

    only in the us πŸ™