Google Chromecast adds support for Rdio, Crackle, Vudu and PlayOn

Google Chromecast adds support for Rdio, Crackle, Vudu and PlayOnOn Monday, Google added four new apps to the list of compatible apps for its Chromecast streaming media player.

The dongle now supports music-streaming service Rdio, video content service Crackle, online TV/movie store Vudu, and the PlayOn service which combines a number of popular content-streaming platforms.

Chromecast's support for the popular subscription music-streaming app Rdio will give the users the ability to access millions of songs and stream music from anywhere, thanks to the fact Rdio has apps for iOS, Android, Windows and Chrome.

Crackle's compatibility with Chromecast implies that both the Android and iOS versions of Sony's video streaming app now work with the Google streaming dongle; while Vudu's compatibility with the dongle will help users access a collection of movies and TV shows, which can be rented or bought and then streamed on their devices. The PlayOn compatibility will allow users to access 60 different video-streaming services.

The addition of the new partners for the Google Chromecast dongle underscores the rapid growth of the Chromecast family, especially after Google's launch of a Software Development Kit (SDK) to outside developers. The SDK's launch has enabled dozens of new partners to get onto the Chromecast content-streaming platform.

With the affordable Chromecast dongle - which is available from between $28 and $35 depending on the retail store - becoming increasing popular with customers, Google is working with online media firms for expanding the number of apps available on the device.