The Chromecast is an affordable solution that allows you to access your cloud media on your TV. This nifty gadget was developed by Google and can be purchased for $35.

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Compatible Apps

You might not want to hear this, but at the moment no 3rd party apps are available for the Chromecast. Yes, you can use Play Music and Play Movies & TV from Google. Yes, you can use Netflix and YouTube. That’s where it all stops though.

There are apps being developed for the Chromecast such as AOL On, Bitcasa, Blip, HBO Go, Plex, Pock Casts, Twitch.TV, Vimeo, Vevo, and so forth. However none of these apps can go live until Chromecast releases their app market.

iOS Apps that Work with Chromecast

Other than the official Chromecast app that always crashes on start, there aren’t any iOS apps that work with it yet.

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Other Let Downs from Google

A couple of years ago, Google TV let down people just like Chromecast is doing today. What we don’t know is why Google loves letting people and developers down. Consider their Chromecast landing page for developers.¬†They claim that you can support an existing app with less than 200 lines of code.¬†

Jeff Lawrence, founder and CEO of PlayOn, feels that their “200 or less” lines of code claim was a bit of an oversell. This seems to be a routine procedure for Gooogle these days. Oversell Google TV, oversell Google Glass, oversell Google Car, oversell Google Chromecast, and so forth.

It would be nice if Google perfected their technology before throwing it out there to the masses and hoping they love it.