Help, my school system is trying to get me to use Google Play

Hello. My school system is trying to get me to use the google play store instead of iTunes. . Is it accessible on the iPhone? Also, they are telling me about some device from google that hooks to my stereo in which I can use the google play store to play music from it. I'm sorry I don't know the name of the device. Maybe a chromecast? I do have an older stereo system in my classroom. I am a music teacher and it is imperative that I use something which is quick and easy to use. Do you think this device might be accessible? How about my itunes library on my mac? Can it be converted, discs as well, to the google play? I want to use my I device. I'm trying to explain to them that this is what is most accessible for me. Currently, I am putting music on it and using my bluetooth remote which I absolutely love. Are there other accessible devices that work with google and the iPhone to stream music? Your thoughts? Thanks.

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#1 Google

Hello,

First, Google Play is the Android App Store. As such, it can only be used on Android devices. Google Play also includes TV shows, books, games, music, and some other stuff. Most of these apps can be found in the iOS App Store.

The device you are talking about is the Chromecast Audio. This is a device that connects to a 3.5 MM audio input jack and sends audio from supported apps. On iOS, you can download the Google Cast app to set up and manage the device. You will then have to use compatible apps to send audio to the Chromcast Audio. I can't really help you beyond this point as I don't have a Chromcast Audio. The device costs $35 so if you really don't like it, you're not out too much. I don't know if it's possible to use the Chromcast Audio with a computer. From what I know, the device only streams audio from specific applications on a smart phone or tablet. This is the main reason I didn't go for one of these. I prefer to play my files in a dedicated media player on my computer. If I want wireless audio, I'll use Bluetooth.

#2 AirPlay

I don't know too much about Google Docs, but i'm told it's usable for sure on iOS. As for the music through stereo setups, there's always the Airport express. This device can be a wifi access point, and there's a 3.5MM jack for use on stereo sets when using AirPlay through anything that sends audio to it on iOS or Mac OS, but only iTunes on Windows.

#3 Why?

Hello,

Is there a reason why your school is pushing you to a google alternative? Are they providing you with new hardware?

It sounds like they want you to swith to a google environment. While some folks are saying the android OS is accessable, I personally don’t think it’s accessable as an IOS. I have both and I find myself using my IOS devices more than their android counterparts.

You might want to consider sitting down with the admin and letting them know the IOS is better for you than an android device. And if they are worried about the cost of connecting your IOS to the stereo or video, you can get a used 3rd Gen Apple TV for the same price as a new Chromecast.

HTH and good luck.

#4 Play A11y

Club AppleVis Member

1. ChromeCast Audio connects to speakers via 3.5mm line-in and and works great with iOS VoiceOver or Chrome browser on desktop screen readers;
2. Play Store, Music, etc. are accessible on *any* platform and are delightful with screen readers;
3. Google Home is perfect for music-streaming and other voice-based interaction and is excellent for hands/eyes-free interaction.

#5 I agree with David on this.

I agree with David on this. Why does your school want you to switch to Google play? Have you tried telling them that you are an iPhone user and that you are comfortable with that platform? If not, I recommend you do so, and find out why they want you to switch over to google play in the first place.

#6 ADA and Reasonable Accomodation

Since you are an employee, I feel that it's important to mention to your superiors the American's with Disability Act and that they should be making reasonable accomodations for you, since you are their employee. This card could be difficult to play, should they decide to have an attitude, but nevertheless, because you are employed, accomodations should be made just as if they would with any other disabilities that their employees may have.

I have been blind all my life. When I was at a public school system and then two universities, I think the one thing that I had to learn fast was to become my own advocate. If I didn't fight for my needs, nobody else was going to. I think a real heart-to-heart talk with those in charge is most definitely in order. With a little diplomacy on your part, and a thorough explanation of your technology and your needs, I think you can and should win this one.