While I try hard to make Castbridge work as smoothly as possible, sometimes questions arise. I've aimed to answer all the most common questions below.
How will Castbridge's retirement affect me if I've already purchased a license?
While Castbridge has been retired and no new licenses will be sold, you can keep using it if you've already purchased a copy. I intend to keep the Castbridge back-end service running for as long as possible, and certainly don't intend to brick any existing copies. However, as the platforms continue to evolve, it gets more and more likely that a new release of macOS, iOS, or Chromecast breaks Castbridge. Additionally, I can't guarantee that Castbridge (including any back-end services) will keep working past a certain date. If you've already purchased a Castbridge License and need to re-download Castbridge, click here.
Does Castbridge support AirPlay 2?
While I'd love for Castbridge to support AirPlay 2 at some point, I currently have no plans to do so.
I'm experiencing a lag when casting, especially to a Chromecast Group. Can I make this go away?
TL;DR: Unfortunately not, sorry.
This lag has two causes. The first is plain-old network lag: it takes time for the device from which tou're casting to send the audio data to Castbridge, and it takes time for Castbridge to send it on to your Chromecast. The second reason is that Apple built a fixed delay into the AirPlay protocol that I have no control over.
Can I use Castbridge to cast to multiple Chromecasts at once?
Yes you can! To do so, just create a Chromecast speaker group, then cast to it using Castbridge. (Wondering how to create a speaker group? Click here.)
Can I run Castbridge on my iPhone or iPad?
Unfortunately, no. Castbridge works by creating a virtual AirPlay device, which is against Apple's App Store rules. This means that Castbridge cannot be sold in the App Store, and thus cannot be used on iOS Devices.
Can I run Castbridge on my Windows computer or Linux machine/Raspberry Pi?
Castbridge is currently available only for macOS.
Billing and Licensing
Help! I didn't receive (or lost) my license key! Could you resend it?
Castbridge doesn't work for my use case, can I return it?
I strongly encourage everyone to use the free trial to ensure that Castbridge works for their use-case and with their setup. The trial is fully featured, with the sole exception that static will be applied after casting for ten minutes. (This static is deliberately quite noticeable, and you won't miss when it begins.) Unfortunately, that means all sales are final and I'm unable to offer any refunds.
How will Castbridge appear on my credit card statement?
Your purchase of Castbridge will appear on your credit card statement as FS *castbridge.io.