The bad news for Chromecast hopefuls is that the $35 device has sold out
nearly everywhere. But there's also good news: Because people swooped in to
snag the device so quickly, all sorts of useful workarounds are already making
their way across the Web.
For new owners and potential customers interested in what this cheap streaming
dongle can do, here are a few Chromecast tips to get you started.
## 1. Play Your Computer's Local Media
Access to local music and video files is obviously not Google's primary
intention—in fact, Web streaming from the likes of Netflix and YouTube was
pretty much the belle of the ball at its press event last week. But the
company didn't make it impossible to access your home digital library, either.
The secret to making it work lies with the tab casting feature.
Chrome on the desktop can open many file types. Just open a locally stored
media file within the browser, or drag and drop it onto the Chrome
application. If it plays in the tab, it should play just fine via Chromecast.
Just tap on the "Cast" browser extension button to send it to the Chromecast.
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