Chromecast now works with Google Play Music, Movies & TV from the web

Google Cast Chrome extension still required

Building on its recent expansion of supported apps, Chromecast will now interact with Google Play on the web for Music, Movies and TV shows. Similar to what we've seen happen in the new Youtube player, you'll now find a "Cast" button in the web interface for these two Google Play properties, making it simple to send content from your computer to the Chromecast.

In order for this functionality to work, you'll need to have the "Google Cast" Chrome extension installed to your browser, and then look for the Cast button in Play Music or Play Movies & TV. The option showed up for us after a refresh of the Google Play Music page, and worked right away. Note that the Chromecast won't respond to your computer's system volume, but rather the volume slider in the web page, found next to the Cast button.

It's one more step in making both the Chromecast and the Play Store on the web more powerful, and we love having multiple choices when it comes to pushing content from one screen to another.

Source: +Google Play

Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • amazing
  • My $35 investment is rallying like the S&P 500
  • Yay Posted via Android Central App
  • Keep it coming! I bought 2 Chromecasts for myself and 1 for my sis this Xmas. Such a great investment! Posted via Android Central App
  • Forgive the stupid question but does this work well with chrome OS now? Posted via Android Central App
  • Yes!, you can go to Google plus and search all the tips & tricks you can do with it,
    I can do anything on my Android phone , Chromebook or even Desktop to the Chromecast device!...lot's of apps on Google Play just for Chromecast.
  • I haven't had an issue with Google Cast on Chrome OS. Works just like it does in Chrome on my Mac. Posted via Android Central App
  • Next in line, I hope to Pete: Pocket Casts
  • Nice. Posted via Android Central App
  • Since I got this little device in addition to my Chromebook, I can do almost anything!, just the other day, I was out at Best Buy and had a question on one of their products I was interested in buying, so I got my Chromecast hooked it up to one of their 70" HDTV's and popped my Chromebook and instantly Chrome Casted and showed them what I wanted to do! took less than 1 minute to do everything!,
    In the past doing something like that was an effort in futility, especially with Windows!, Now it's click!, click Boom! Bam!....Done!
  • Not... Sure... If... Serious... ----------------------------------------------------
    My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.
  • The story does seem rather suspect... First of all, even if you've got a 3G equipped Chromebook you'd need to tether the Chromecast to it or to a phone in order to do anything with it. Would certainly take more than a minute, and getting HDMI out of a Windows PC isn't very hard, tho I'll grant you WiDi can be temperamental to set up. Second, what was the point of showing the employees something on the TV, were you using a test scene or something? Seems like some sorta HDMI out or even Miracast would be much better suited for that, tho the latter adds compression (and the Chromecast adds a ton if it too) so really the best bet would be HDMI. Not bagging on the Chromecast, I just bought one, but despite it's size it really isn't the most ideal portable solution.
  • Would be nice if we could cast photos from the Google+ photo app. Hope that's in the works
  • Do we expect this to work any better than standard casting of Chrome tabs? It's laggy, warns me of suboptimal network conditions all the time, and disconnects frequently. Should I blame my laptop or ISP/router, or the functionality? Posted via Android Central App on Nexus 4
  • I get the network connection warning all the time, but the actual performance is consistently pretty good. Sent from my iPhone
  • I tried this last night and it works much better than tab casting, equivalent to YouTube. Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks, both. Now I have to figure out why I'd want to do this if I can just use the Android apps to do the same thing. Maybe if I didn't have a compatible mobile device? Maybe because I discovered something worth casting while on a laptop and I don't want to switch platforms to cast? Posted via Android Central App on Nexus 4
  • Chromecast= best little gadget of the year! Stocking stuffer, anyone? Posted via Android Central App
  • I can upload my own music to Google Play. Why can't I upload my own videos? (Or can I?)
  • Well you can upload your own videos to YouTube and keep them private or unlisted ...
  • I tried it out from YouTube on my Mac running Chrome. Works there too!
  • So am I able to view files or movies I have on my sd card on my phone through the chromecast plugged into my tv?