While you probably use your TV for watching things — like Stranger Things and Lady Gaga’s killer halftime show at the Super Bowl — we’re here to tell you about another fantastic use for your flatscreen: music. Betcha hadn’t really thought of that. If you’ve wanted to play music in your living room but haven’t really wanted to shell out the extra dough for some fancy speakers (because they can be expensive), look no further; you can just use the speakers you already have — the ones on your TV.
The Chromecast ($30) is a beautiful little device. It lets you cast your favorite movies and TV shows to your TV, as well as whatever’s on your computer screen. Fancy, right? No more being constrained to watching the latest episode on your laptop (or worse, phone) screen. But the fun doesn’t stop there. You can also cast your favorite music to your TV, which means you’ll get louder, more crowd-friendly sound. At least, it’s probably better than the admittedly tinny sounds your phone probably makes when you turn up your music.
A few of the music streaming services that work with the Chromecast include Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, NPR One and (of course) Google Play Music. In order to cast your music to your TV, just head over to your music app of choice and hit the little Chromecast icon. From there you can use your phone (or tablet or computer) as a remote control for your music listening pleasure, and see your favorite album covers on your TV screen.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Chromecast setup process, it’s super easy. Just plug the device into your TV and power (an outlet). Then head to the setup site. Next, connect your Chromecast to your WiFi network. Now you’re ready to cast!
For a full list of audio and music apps you can use with your Chromecast, check here.
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