10
Jul
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Do you remember Turntable.fm before they gave up on the group listening thing? QCast is the same idea, but it sends tunes from your phone to a Chromecast and anyone can contribute a track. Unlike Turntable, QCast isn't handling any of the music licensing. It just plugs into Google Play Music All Access. It's also for real life gatherings, not random people on the internet.

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Every party needs a host, and that person must have an All Access subscription. Once the host is logged into Google in QCast, everyone else can connect to the Chromecast and piggyback on the one subscription. From there you simply search for tracks and add them. The host retains the ability to remove songs from the queue and control the volume, though.

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Everyone has the option to downvote songs they don't like, and if a majority agree, the song is automatically skipped. Again, that's pretty much how Turntable worked. The app seems to work as advertised, but the search is a little wonky right now. I'm not seeing all the tracks I'd expect when doing some sample searches. Still, it's free and could be really neat if you have an All Access subscription anyway.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://danielbrierton.ie Daniel Brierton

    It's always annoyed me a little that Play Music doesn't have this functionality itself. Google talked about Chromecast apps being collaborative at I/O, but yet they haven't done that in all of their own apps. The collaborative queue in the YouTube app is great, why not Play Music.

    • Justin W

      I find it odd that YouTube has this feature, yet Music doesn't... IIRC the Chromecast was (more or less) the replacement for the idea of the Nexus Q, yet, it doesn't have this simple feature which is already implemented in other apps of theirs.

  • Edward Padilla

    That's pretty neat!

  • Justin W

    Now, do more than one Chromecast and synced up :D

    • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

      I do really want to do this :) Once we get Spotify integration and some other requested features out of the way.

      Thanks for the article AP!

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  • Mike Loomis

    I miss TT.fm.

  • Marcos Kalil Filho

    Can't install on both Nexus 7 and Galaxu S5 =/

    • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

      What do you mean by can't install? What country are you in?

      • Marcos Kalil Filho

        I'm from Brazil. It says these devices are not compatible which is quite strange.

        • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

          Right now we restricted the app to countries where Play Music is available, it looks like Play Music is not available in Brazil. However we are adding more services so we will be expanding the list of available countries as well, stay tuned.

          • Marcos Kalil Filho

            When the service started, you could sign it even if you were not from the US. For this reason, I'm a play music subscriber. But if my Brazilian friends can't download it too, it's useless. Thank you!

          • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

            Just enabled Brazil.

          • Marcos Kalil Filho

            Epic!

          • v

            Please add Singapore too. I have the all access play music subscription.

          • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

            Done. Try again in a bit

          • Dirty Dave

            Just wanted to say. I love when devs try had to help users, one of the main reasons I love open source, keep up the good work, and the app sounds good I'll download when home

          • sweenish

            Open source has nothing to do with friendly devs.

  • tehboogieman

    Anyone know of a similar app without the chromecast requirement? That would be great for roadtrips

    • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

      Well, that's on our roadmap, so stay tuned! I agree that using it in the car on a trip would be a great use case.

      • tehboogieman

        Cool, glad to hear that. Definitely miss turntable.fm

    • yochanan

      A similar app that does what instead of cast to Chromecast? Android Auto? That would be cool...someday.

      • tehboogieman

        An app that would let a bunch of people control music on one device. So for road trips with 6 or 7 people, everyone can queue up music they enjoy. It would also be ideal for small groups of people who have one of those portable bluetooth speakers or anything where having a chromecast isn't really an option.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    The icon looks almost exactly like quickoffice

    • Dirty Dave

      Guessing Qcast means quickcast

      • http://google.com/+KristianSerrano Kristian Serrano

        I think it's more along the lines of Nexus Q + Chromecast = QCast (or Q = queue).

        • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

          Yep :)

  • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

    We now have a Google+ community for opting into our Beta as well as discussing feature requests and improvements!

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