The little Chromecast stick that has caused such a big stir has reached it’s first birthday. And Google are celebrating this monumental milestone by offering Google current and new owners a 90 day free trial to its Play Music All Access streaming service
You do have to be US based to get the offer, and the price of $10 per month will kick in after the trial, but hey it’s kind of a freebie. Interested parties can head over to the Chromecast offers page page.
The HDMI streaming stick was launched by Google one year ago for $35, and Google say that the stick has powered over 400 million Casts so far. Users with the stick can operate and cast to it by using an app on their android or iOS powered device, or from a Chrome browser on a PC. The gadget lets users stream content straight to any TV from services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora.
Google say of the stick, “We’ve added hundreds of your favorite apps, including WatchESPN, Pandora, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and PBS Kids; announced new features like mirroring your Android device to the TV and expanded to 30,000 stores across 20 countries.”
The chromecast has succeeded where the Google TV product failed, due to both its cheap price at $35, and the fact an idiot can use it as it has no real setting up needed. The device quickly expanded onto the international market in its first year, becoming available in over 20 countries, and has sold millions of units.
The Chromecast is an amazing gadget considering what it does and how much easier it makes the lives of streaming TV and video viewers just like us. Heres to the next year, and lets see what the little stick is doing by the time its two.