Dear friends, we are gathered here today to mourn the passing of a beloved gadget: Chromecast Audio.

Yes, Google has decided to end production of the handy little dongle and is throwing its own line of smart speakers — and the entire category in fact — under the bus as the reason for the decision.

The news first appeared on Reddit as a rumor, but a Google spokesperson confirmed it to Digital Trends:

Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio.

We have therefore stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products.

We will continue to offer assistance for Chromecast Audio devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts and more.

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