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Google says Chromecast owners have 'cast' 400 million times since it launched a year ago

Google is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Chromecast streaming media stick by releasing some new usage stats today.

Chromecast is Google’s stripped down strategy for taking over your living room with a low-cost ($35) streaming HDMI stick that will ‘cast’ things from your mobile devices (and desktop) to your TV screen. It launched a year ago without much notice and more or less resurrected Google’s media platform ambitions.

Google said Chromecast owners have “cast” over 400 million times collectively. That success likely has to do with the device’s low price but also with the increasing number of Chromecast-enabled apps now available or in development.

As for Chromecast apps, Google revealed that more than 6,000 developers have produced over 10,000 apps. However, the company only launched its Chromecast SDK back in February, so that number should continue to increase.

And since no birthday would be complete without presents, Google is giving Chromecast owners a free 90-day trial subscription to its streaming music service Google Play Music All Access. That offer is redeemable through September.

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