Google's Chromecast gets even more enticing with $20 Google Play gift

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Google is making it more enticing than ever to buy the new Chromecast this holiday season. Until January 2, the tech giant is offering Chromecast purchasers $20 in Google Play credit with the purchase of a new Chromecast streaming device, which is priced between $30-35, depending on where you shop.

For those doing the math, that effectively makes the price of the media streamer just $10-15 after your savings on content. And if you’ve already got a Chromecast and don’t feel like upgrading, that’s ok, too: The offer is available for the redesigned second-gen Chromecast video streamer, as well as the new Chromecast Audio multiroom device, which can be plugged into most any powered speaker or hi-fi system for wireless streaming.

Released earlier this fall, the second-generation Chromecast features a new design to better fit into your TV’s crowded HDMI input panel, and a new and improved Chromecast app. The streaming dongle offers 1080p HD streaming, but doesn’t support 4K UHD content. “Chromecast remains the same funky way to stream it always was, and while it won’t replace the massive array of apps or intuitive home screens offered by pricier streaming set-top boxes, there’s still no easier — and more affordable — way to make your dumb TV smart,” explained Digital Trends’ Ryan Waniata in our review of the media streamer.

For those interested in the Chromecast Audio, the recently-launched multi-room audio device connects to a variety of audio systems via a 3.5mm cable, with additional support for RCA or even digital Optical connection available via an adaptor (not inlcuded). After plugging in, users can access a variety of audio services, with easy connection over Wi-Fi via the Chromecast app. Chromecast Audio offers compatibility with Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, though it does not support Apple Music.

Those interested in taking advantage of the holiday offer can access it here, but you’ll need to download the Chromecast App in order to redeem your prize.