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

Above: Here's what Chromecast really looks like when you're ready to use it.

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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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7 comments
Alok Ranjan
Alok Ranjan

My company Future Today Inc and has done close to this number just on Roku even though we own just 110 apps on Roku which is around 10% of total apps on Roku. I guess it is because Google kept it restricted to Youtube and handful of apps for most of the past year. We recently launched on Chromecast and will have clearer comparison soon.

Markus Aurelius Harunicus
Markus Aurelius Harunicus

I can't get my stupid chromecast to work! Half the time it doesn't even see the router despite being less than 20' away from it... I've thrown mine away and have gone with "rogue" solutions. Thanks for nothing Google.

Liangjun Jiang
Liangjun Jiang

since I can't play youtube on my apple TV, I only use chromecast now.

Seth Miller
Seth Miller

Chromecast is great, but there are still bugs - when you close out chrome it continues casting. Have seen this on Macbook & Kindle Fire

Lee Hsieh
Lee Hsieh

Not in it's current iteration, perhaps in time it may. Apple is the king of monetizing digital content.