The Amazon Music app has been around for years and has supported connecting to a number of external devices for music playback. But Google’s Chromecast wasn’t one of them until now. Amazon has quietly updated the Amazon Music app for Android to include Chromecast support, allowing Android users to shoot music from their device to a nearby Chromecast.
The feature was first spotted earlier this month by TechHive when it was mid-rollout. Not all Android users had the ability to connect Amazon Music to a Chromecast at that point, but now it appears the new feature is official. The Amazon Music app page in the Google Play Store includes this update under the What’s New section: “Chromecast Support: You can now select music on your Android device and have the music play on your Chromecast enabled devices.” The app was last updated November 13, 2017.
The Android app could already connect to other Bluetooth devices, but Chromecast support had not been enabled until now. Those Android users who primarily use a Chromecast for all their casting needs will now be able to easily play music from the Amazon Music mobile app through their TV/speaker setup.
This is one of the few, recent bright spots in the tumultuous Amazon-Google relationship. The two companies have butted heads in the past, the conflict going back as far as two years ago when Amazon removed all Chromecasts from its store. Even today, you cannot buy a Chromecast or Google Home from Amazon—and searches for either of those devices bring up Amazon equivalents including the Fire TV and various Echo devices. Amazon also only added its Prime Video app to the Google Play Store this summer.
But Google fired back recently when it removed YouTube support from Amazon’s Echo Show. Before the announcement of the forthcoming Echo Spot, the Echo Show was Amazon’s only Echo device with a display, allowing it to play YouTube videos and other video content. Google claimed YouTube on the Echo Show violates its “terms of service” and created a “broken user experience.” Google has removed YouTube support from other streaming devices in the past, and often those conflicts surround ads either not playing or being removed during playback on those third-party devices.