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A4C has Harman Kardon Citation ONE Smart Bluetooth & Wi-Fi Speaker w/ Google Assistant (Gray) on sale for $159.95 - $79.97 w/ discount code SLICK50 = $79.95 > now $79.98. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian
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The voice-activated controls powered by Google Assistant offer hands-free convenience, while Wi-Fi connectivity gives you access to over 300 music streaming services. This Harman Kardon Citation ONE compact speaker features multiroom capability, so you can sync additional Citation speakers and enjoy music in different rooms. ~ persian_mafia

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That would make zero sense and unless I'm reading that article very wrong it isn't what it is saying either. It's saying if you uploaded music on or purchased music through Google Play Music you now need to subscribe to YouTube Music Premium to access it. Pretty sure that's the case in a general sense, not just when it comes to casting to smart speakers so I'm not sure why they are harping on that. Anyways I'm fairly certain beyond that you should be able to cast whatever to this thing.
Of course. Bluetooth is bluetooth. Bluetooth doesn't care what app the sound comes from.
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Nice, this is $10 cheaper then the deal posted 2 days ago
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How is sound? Why are they clearancing these?
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Came close to purchasing from Best Buy via eBay the other day with the $25 off coupon but was disappointed these first gen models don't have AirPlay compatibility. Apparently the MkII version of the speaker has AirPlay but I didn't see any normal retailers selling that model.
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Heads up,
it is my understanding once Play Music is phased out you will NOT be able to cast audio to these speakers from your phone unless you are a paying YouTube Music member.

https://www.extremetech.com/inter...n-speakers

You can still control music playback on these speakers by using the built in voice controls of Google Assistant but that's a limited number of sources that are supported as opposed to casting whatever audio you wanted from your phone


Also, likely obvious to forum regulars, but this is an affiliate/referral offer
That would make zero sense and unless I'm reading that article very wrong it isn't what it is saying either. It's saying if you uploaded music on or purchased music through Google Play Music you now need to subscribe to YouTube Music Premium to access it. Pretty sure that's the case in a general sense, not just when it comes to casting to smart speakers so I'm not sure why they are harping on that. Anyways I'm fairly certain beyond that you should be able to cast whatever to this thing.
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Heads up,
it is my understanding once Play Music is phased out you will NOT be able to cast audio to these speakers from your phone unless you are a paying YouTube Music member.

https://www.extremetech.com/inter...n-speakers

You can still control music playback on these speakers by using the built in voice controls of Google Assistant but that's a limited number of sources that are supported as opposed to casting whatever audio you wanted from your phone


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We would still be able to connect via Bluetooth and play audio via Spotify on this, correct?
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We would still be able to connect via Bluetooth and play audio via Spotify on this, correct?
Of course. Bluetooth is bluetooth. Bluetooth doesn't care what app the sound comes from.
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That would make zero sense and unless I'm reading that article very wrong it isn't what it is saying either. It's saying if you uploaded music on or purchased music through Google Play Music you now need to subscribe to YouTube Music Premium to access it. Pretty sure that's the case in a general sense, not just when it comes to casting to smart speakers so I'm not sure why they are harping on that. Anyways I'm fairly certain beyond that you should be able to cast whatever to this thing.
This is the email I received from Google:

This is PJ with the YouTube and Play Music Team.
I'm sorry to hear that you're unable to cast your purchased and uploaded music to your Google speakers.

At this time, only Premium users are able to play YouTube Music on certain speakers and connected devices. We value these partners and will continue to work with them to improve the YouTube Music experience. Please note that if you have a Google Home, you can use YouTube Music via Voice as a non-Premium member. Visit Use YouTube Music with other apps and services for more information on YouTube Music compatibility with other devices.


Anecdotally, when I open YT Music on my phone and tap the Cast button I get a pop up that reads "Upgrade your YouTube Account to cast to audio devices".

Would love to be wrong. Are you able to cast to your smart speakers via YT Music without a subscription??

Multiple articles out there on this, I don't think I'm misunderstanding the issue. It's a money grab by Google.

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We would still be able to connect via Bluetooth and play audio via Spotify on this, correct?
Yes, bluetooth is open/unrestricted. This limitation is just when using Google Chromecast/Assistant powered speakers. Personally have numerous around the house and have enjoyed being able to cast to all simultaneously. Bluetooth can usually only transmit to one receiver at a time (some devices can do 2 at once...but the audio is rarely a great sync as it isn't made for this)
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This is the email I received from Google:

This is PJ with the YouTube and Play Music Team.
I'm sorry to hear that you're unable to cast your purchased and uploaded music to your Google speakers.

At this time, only Premium users are able to play YouTube Music on certain speakers and connected devices. We value these partners and will continue to work with them to improve the YouTube Music experience. Please note that if you have a Google Home, you can use YouTube Music via Voice as a non-Premium member. Visit Use YouTube Music with other apps and services for more information on YouTube Music compatibility with other devices.


Anecdotally, when I open YT Music on my phone and tap the Cast button I get a pop up that reads "Upgrade your YouTube Account to cast to audio devices".

Would love to be wrong. Are you able to cast to your smart speakers via YT Music without a subscription??

Multiple articles out there on this, I don't think I'm misunderstanding the issue. It's a money grab by Google.



Yes, bluetooth is open/unrestricted. This limitation is just when using Google Chromecast/Assistant powered speakers. Personally have numerous around the house and have enjoyed being able to cast to all simultaneously. Bluetooth can usually only transmit to one receiver at a time (some devices can do 2 at once...but the audio is rarely a great sync as it isn't made for this)
No, I have no reason to doubt you and Google are correct about the limitations regarding the YouTube Music app but you did not phrase the limitations as being restricted to that app, you said casting audio in general was restricted unless you pay Google and that is not the case. I would imagine for example regular YouTube, Spotify, etc still work fine or that's just crazy, please do tell me if you are saying otherwise because the article did not.

EDIT: Oh yeah... while we are on the subject of paying for YouTube imma just leave this here

https://vanced.app/
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If I were only interested in Bluetooth connectivity, and don't care about portability, is this the best sounding speaker around its price range, or would you guys recommend something else?
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Thanks!! Just copped one, came out to $87 when including my local sales tax (9.25%)
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How's the sound quality?
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