I’m digging the new support for Google Chromecast devices. I’ve already dug up a Google Chromecast Audio that I had sitting around and used it to replace an AppleTV I had hooked up to a AV receiver.
I have a Google Home device. My wife loves to listen to music through it, because you can control it with your voice. Even better, if you have Chromecast devices set up in your house, you can use the Google Home to play music to a given zone. For example, “OK Google, play Peter Gabriel in the living room”.
I messed around briefly this morning, and I see that, if I use one of my Roon remotes to initiate playback to a Google Chromecast device, I can then tell my Google Home to do things like increase volume, skip track, go back one track. For example, “OK Google, raise volume by 20 percent”. It works great. What would be even better is if I could use the Google Home to initiate playback through Roon.
Is this possible presently, or maybe in the future? This would really help me to integrate music playback in my home. I would like Roon to serve as the only music playback application, but voice control is a priority for other members of the household.
With that request made, I just want to say that I am really loving this application. I have only been a subscriber for a month or so, and I am enjoying it even more than I thought I would. I am discovering new music every day. It’s fantastic!