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Chromecast-enabled site vs. casting a tab's audio —Chromecast built-in speaker

Some websites are Chromecast-enabled to deliver the best possible entertainment experience. Currently, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio,  Rdio, Plex,are Chromecast-enabled and we're adding more Chromecast-enabled sites all the time!

How will you know if a website is Chromecast-enabled?
You'll see the Inactive cast extension Cast button on the website within the music player. For sites that are not Chromecast-enabled, you can use the Cast button to view the audio content using your Chromecast built-in speaker.
Chromecast-enabled benefits

On sites that are Chromecast-enabled, there are numerous benefits to using controls provided by the site instead of just casting the tab's audio for that site. These include:

  • Higher quality: Chromecast-enabled sites can serve high quality content that is best for listening on audio device. This will often mean you'll get a higher bitrate audio or improved content.
  • Battery life and computer load: Chromecast-enabled sites play directly on a Chromecast built-in speaker, and put no load on your computer. Casting a tab's audio requires a lot of your computer's power, which is why it's not supported on all computers.
  • Plays independently: When you play from a Chromecast-enabled site, you can shut down your computer or close the lid. With tab projection, you need to keep your computer on throughout the cast.

Chromecast-enabled sites will generally try to automatically switch from casting a tab's audio to an optimized mode of operation if you are already casting a tab's audio when you visit the site.

Casting a tab's audio is still very useful for sites that aren't Chromecast-enabled, but whenever you see the Cast button in the video player of a site, that should be your first choice!