Originally Posted by Keenana
I guess what I am asking is once music is initiated to the Chromecast and it's playing music is there anyway to send a next song command to the Chromecast itself so it can skip to the next song in teh playlist without the command having to come from the phone?
I'm not 100% sure, but I think the playlist remains on the casting device in most cases. That's why playlists can fail if the casting device goes to deep sleep or otherwise becomes unreachable by Chromecast when the song ends. Some of the apps may have worked around this by buffering part of the playlist on Chromecast.
Since you mentioned EventGhost, I assume your automation system has a controller of some sorts. In that case I would look toward "driving" Chromecast from the controller, and letting the phone/tablet/computer send requests to the controller, rather than to Chromecast itself.
the general availability of Chromecast on the network opens it to a lot
of unknowns. If you go with centralized control of Chromecast, I would definitely put it on a different network from the general clients to avoid confusion or accidental control hijacking.