Spotify Free accounts will no longer cast audio to Google Assistant speakers or Smart Displays due to a bug.

The opportunity to cast audio from a "free" Spotify account to Google Assistant-powered speakers and Smart Displays has always been one of the key perks of the Spotify smartphone app. This right is now only available to Premium account holders due to a new, unnoticed update.

[Update]: It seems that this was caused by a technical error, which has now been fixed. We're still having trouble casting content from the iOS platform, but the Android version of Spotify seems to be entirely capable of casting audio – like podcasts – to Google Assistant-powered speakers and smart displays.

It's unclear when this update occurred, but free account holders will now see a "Premium only" note under each gadget in their home if they want to launch a podcast or playlist and then "cast" it to either Google Assistant speaker or Smart Display.

This may make sense if you're a big music fan, but it's a sneaky change from Spotify in the podcasting world, as it restricts where you can listen to Spotify-exclusive podcasts. We attempted casting numerous playlists and podcasts from a Spotify Free account and encountered the same issues.

Directly linking your Spotify Free account inside the Google Home app and then requesting to play a certain playlist or podcast is a solution for casting limitations. This is a solution that seems to work for the time being but let's hope it isn't stopped without warning in the future. The cast functionality is only limited to Premium accounts, according to Spotify's own Support Pages (1).

Spotify Free accounts will no longer cast audio to Google Assistant speakers or Smart Displays due to a bug.
Spotify Free accounts will no longer cast audio to Google Assistant speakers or Smart Displays due to a bug.

If you choose to cast from your mobile to a Google Assistant speaker or Smart Display, you'll have to upgrade to the $9.99 per month Premium rate. It's a vexing restriction that could end up benefiting Spotify, but it's a shady decision not to notify or at least allow unique content to be streamed to speakers you already own. For up to six simultaneous consumers, the $14.99 Premium Family alternative could be a better value.

We've reached out to Spotify for comment on the Free account casting restrictions, and we'll update this article if we hear back.

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