Google adds new apps to the Chromecast family including Plex, VEVO and Songza

Google has today announced a raft of new apps with support for its $35 TV dongle, Chromecast, that suddenly makes it a whole lot more useful and appealing. While a public SDK still eludes us, the latest apps with support for Chromecast includes such popular names as Plex, Songza and VEVO. Here's the full list as it currently stands according to Google's Chromecast apps page:

  • VEVO
  • Red Bull TV
  • Songza
  • Plex
  • Post TV
  • Viki
  • RealPlayer Cloud

Google actually claimed 10 new apps in the official release, but the Chromecast apps page only currently shows 7. Some aren't applicable to iOS, such as BeyondPod, but content from Revision3 is also mentioned without being shown just yet. All you need is the latest versions of each iOS compatible app and you're good to go.

Plex in particular is a big deal for a lot of folks since it now offers the first – official – way to stream locally stored content to Chromecast from either iOS or Android. With the addition of Songza support, one must imagine it's only a matter of time before the remaining top music services get on board as well, since now Chromecast supports this, Pandora and Google Play Music.

What apps I've used so far with Chromecast have left me pretty impressed. For the price, the operation is simple and seamless, and there is a real window of opportunity for Google to do great things with it. Releasing it outside the U.S. would be a start. So, does this latest round of new apps scratch any particular Chromecast itch you've been having?

Source: Google

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Google adds new apps to the Chromecast family including Plex, VEVO and Songza

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If they would have done this two weeks ago I would have bought one but I bought a Roku two weeks ago just for the Plex app. Oh well, Google's loss.

I'm happy to see the Chromecast moving forward. This can only mean good things for Apple TV users as it drives competition for these alternative media consumption devices.

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Chromecast has low end wifi which is pretty bad for a streaming device. Also poor image quality compared to Roku and especially Apple TV.
I use both a Roku and an Apple TV. You want an Apple TV if you have Macs, iPhones, iPads and and are generally in the Apple ecosystem.
I also have a Roku because there is no Plex on Apple TV without hacking and Amazon Prime is only available via Airplay on Apple TV by Airplay and it basically doesn't work. So I use the Roku for Plex and Amazon Instant video.
Apple needs to open up or else people will continue to look elsewhere.
Chromecast is a case of you get what you pay for. Poorer image quality, slow wifi, the price alone is not appealing enough for everything you give up at least for me.
All of them need ac wifi btw.

I just bought mine 4 days ago and my Netflix will not cast anymore. Everything else does and I'm NOT happy because they seem lost and unable to correct it. These new additions will give me something to explore because they are new to me but, I want my Netflix. Roku sounding good about now.

I keep reading that it isn't released outside the US, but bought mine on Amazon UK as easily as picking up a CD.