More apps are being added to the list of officially supported apps for Chromecast. This time around we’re getting access to Rhapsody and Napster. You thought Napster was dead right? So did I. Nope. They were bought out by Rhapsody in 2011 apparently and still remain, although it is operated independently from Rahpsody. But enough about that, lets talk about the Chromecast support. Honestly in that regard, there’s not much to tell. You’ll now just be able to stream you favorite tunes right to your big screen or what ever you have your Chromecast plugged into, so you can listen to music all throughout your home with these two services. Both android apps are being updated today so you’ll be able to use either one with the Chromecast as soon as the app updates.
So now lets talk about what you get with Rhapsody and Napster as opposed to competing services like Play Music All Access and Spotify. You get access to Rhapsody’s library of over 32 million songs, without ads, and seamless streaming playback which you can send to you Chromecast. As of right now other services that have Chromecast support that compete with Rhapsody are Real Player Cloud, Google Play Music All Access, and Rdio. We would add in Songza and Pandora, but they’re not really similar to Rhapsody as they’re both just internet radio apps. Just like all other apps with Chromecast support, to cast to your Chromecast all you’ll have to do is open up the app and hit the cast screen button that hangs out in either the top or bottom right corners, and you’re done.
Rhapsody costs $9.99 a month just like Play Music All Access, and you get to start out by getting a 30-day free trial, after which you’ll end up paying the monthly fee. There is certainly no shortage of ways to stream music to your Chromecast, and the addition of these two new apps just adds more to the list of options. It is especially good news for those who might already be subscribers of the service and use a Chromecast dongle, and just might save any customers that may have considered switching services due to the lack of support. As of right now it doesn’t look like the app is updated, as the Cast Screen button doesn’t pop up in the Rhapsody app for me just yet. Sit tight if you were wanting to use this service as it will probably show up soon.