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Old November 14th, 2009, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is the best way to play music on the Droid through your car stereo?

Can you connect the Droid to a car stereo via the USB cable and play music? Can you send the music from the Droid to the car stereo via Bluetooth?

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Can you connect the Droid to a car stereo via the USB cable and play music? Can you send the music from the Droid to the car stereo via Bluetooth?
There are a few ways. They range in price and fidelity:

-Cheap/low fidelity - FM transmitter. Plug one end into the Droid, tune to the right station with your radio. Done.

-Cheap/low fidelity - Tape adapter. Plug one end into the Droid, other end into your tape deck. Done.

-Cheap/high fidelity - Aux in. If you car has an auxiliary in port, you can just get a 2 headed 3.5mm stereo jack to go between the head unit and your Droid.

-More expensive/high fidelity - A2DP bluetooth. If your head unit supports bluetooth audio streaming, then the Droid can be paired and do that as well.
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I used this phone->rca cable to hook my Droid to my stereo unit/and amp
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bought the 3.5mm jack cable to go from the Droid to the Aux input on my Civic, and used Pandora, it was actually very sweet the way it works!!!
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bought the 3.5mm jack cable to go from the Droid to the Aux input on my Civic, and used Pandora, it was actually very sweet the way it works!!!
throw a high powered amp into the mix, you get a nice thumping Droid LOL
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But your RCA inputs are behind the head unit, right? Or are they in front? I doubt anyone with the know-how to install that connector would be asking this simple question
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I'm doin the same... but with last.fm and the music app.
Sounds so good!
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I have a Aux in and USB hookup in my Genesis so I just plug it in and go, sounds crystal clear. Only problem I have with my DROID in the car is when I have it in the Cradle, with my system up even half way the windshield flexes enough to make the accelerometer go crazy so it goes from portrait/landscape like crazy.

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I've got a cassette adapter, because I'm old-school like that. On the plus side, I don't have to worry about my car stereo getting stolen.

(Car is a '96 BMW 318Ti with 240K miles on it. Go little car!!)
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I use a Jabra SP700 bluetooth speaker phone, set it to send to an empty FM station, and voila! My music plays through my speakers, and if I get a call it interrupts the music and then I hear the caller through my car speakers too!
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Can you connect the Droid to a car stereo via the USB cable and play music? Can you send the music from the Droid to the car stereo via Bluetooth?
My Droid wouldn't play through USB, but it did charge.

I will use the aux plug.
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Pandora --3G--> Droid --Bluetooth--> Ford SYNC

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AUX CABLE, sounds the best...
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Nice setup man. I got just a single 12" Infinity Kappa Perfect being pushed by a 800W Orion amp, but it's plenty for my tiny ass Civic.
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I use aux in for my tundra, still trying to find a good place to mount the car dock, the problem for me is that the skip buttons are a little small to reach and hit while driving....not imposible but you need to take your eyes off the road.....

on the plus side, imcoming calls sound good thru the speakers and callers report no echo.

It would be nice to have it charging also so that the screen would stay on. I have not tried internet streaming music yet, how does the quality compare to mp3 coming off the phone?
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Factory stereo on my 2008 Pontiac G6 GT. Think it's going to be the 3.5 on the front of the stereo. Just a standard 3.5 to 3.5 then? No audio adjustment like ipod cable needed?

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Nice setup man. I got just a single 12" Infinity Kappa Perfect being pushed by a 800W Orion amp, but it's plenty for my tiny ass Civic.
Perfects are sick though, my friend bought a 10" at a yard sale for like 5 bucks and we hooked it upto a JL 500.1 and it thumped hard, plus they are super clean. My L7 is loud as hell but it isn't a SQ sub like yours, for rap/hip hop it's fine but when I watch DVD's it doesn't have the best output for certain sound effects. You ever heard of Fi? Well they are some of the loudest subs around, and I got a 18" Fi BTL going into a 98 explorer with a Kicker warhorse 10k amp (yes, 10,000 watts), the enclosure I'm building is gonna be about 10 cubic ft, vented of course and tuned to around 50hz. I plan on getting into the mid 150's with it.
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I'm hoping that well get a data to radio cable someday. I hate running audio through the headphone Jack.
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Never tried to.... I use XM
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Boooooo XM, Sirius is better especially now that they bought out XM so you can get the "Best of XM" package with newer radio's.
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I'm doin the same... but with last.fm and the music app.
Sounds so good!
last.fm here, and I use a Motorola T505, probably the best ever FM transmitter.
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Just so I get the right 3.5mm m/m, is it the standard on both ends? Or the mini 3.5mm?
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Sirius is better.

That's a matter of opinion...
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Never tried to.... I use XM
My free XM subscription is about to expire. I had Sirius for a number of years in my old car, wife has it in her car. I wouldn't say one is better than the other.

I would say though, that with Pandora, Slacker and last.fm there isn't anything that I'd miss on XM if I let that lapse.

My car surprisingly doesn't have an aux input. I was planning on adding one, but I think I'll just take the Jabra Cruiser route since it'll cost me the same amount of money and I get a bluetooth hands free out of it.
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Just so I get the right 3.5mm m/m, is it the standard on both ends? Or the mini 3.5mm?
Ummm, 3.5mm is 3.5mm. The iPod connector is 2.5mm.
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Ummm, 3.5mm is 3.5mm. The iPod connector is 2.5mm.
Given, but I'm looking to find out the length of the metal end going into the stereo, sure they are 3.5mm, but as per the harness picture Dr. Droid posted above, the end looked slighly longer than my jack for my headphones that I have, which is also 3.5mm. Plus, websites that I've seen that list a 3.5mm jack or a 3.5mm mini jack look different in the picture posted for the metal jack end (otherwise, why would a website state 3.5mm, then others state 3.5mm mini? I would assume there would be a slight difference.

Guess I found my answer here for my 2008 Pontiac G6 radio:

Adapters - 2003+ GM Radio iPod Interface +Aux Input: Axxess AIP-GM01-ID

"This BRAND NEW Axxess AIP-GM01-ID iPod interface plus auxiliary input adapter allows you to interface an iPod and/or external audio source with your factory radio. On one end, it plugs into the auxiliary input on the back of your factory radio and, on the other, it provides an iPod docking connection AND a stereo mini jack. Use this device to add an iPod AND a non-factory CD changer, an MP3 player, CD changer, satellite radio, DVD audio, etc. Or just connect the iPod and leave the stereo mini jack empty for future use... A direct connection is FAR superior to the sound quality you get using an RF modulator OR cassette adapter device. The iPod connector is licensed by Apple and it DOES charge the iPod while connected. A 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini jack is utilized for true stereo sound. Plug it right into the headphone jack of any device for true convenience! This device also has a video output RCA jack that would allow you to plug it into your video system and watch video from your video iPod on your vehicle's LCD screen (if so equipped and if your vehicle has a yellow female RCA jack to use for this purpose.)"
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My stereo has a USB slot on the front and I can just plug the Droid in and the stereo reads the mp3s on the device.
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Boooooo XM, Sirius is better especially now that they bought out XM so you can get the "Best of XM" package with newer radio's.
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I'm hoping that well get a data to radio cable someday. I hate running audio through the headphone Jack.
I agree. I just switched from an iPhone to the Droid and I miss the USB compatibility with my car radio. The audio quality was better that way than over the aux cable, mostly because my radio does additional processing to the iphone source that it doesn't do with an aux source.
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-More expensive/high fidelity - A2DP bluetooth. If your head unit supports bluetooth audio streaming, then the Droid can be paired and do that as well.
Do you have experience with this? My stereo has Bluetooth but i've never been able to get it hooked up to my Droid or Zune HD.
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I agree. I just switched from an iPhone to the Droid and I miss the USB compatibility with my car radio. The audio quality was better that way than over the aux cable, mostly because my radio does additional processing to the iphone source that it doesn't do with an aux source.
You CAN use your phone to connect via USB to play music. I just did this the other day. You have to treat it was a USB drive though.
  1. Plug in your phone
  2. goto your phone's notification and MOUNT it
  3. your car will search the phone for audio
While this doesn't allow you to control the music from your phone, you can still control it on your car's stereo.

This is using an after market Pioneer stereo system, but I'm better most are the same.
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You CAN use your phone to connect via USB to play music. I just did this the other day. You have to treat it was a USB drive though.
  1. Plug in your phone
  2. goto your phone's notification and MOUNT it
  3. your car will search the phone for audio
While this doesn't allow you to control the music from your phone, you can still control it on your car's stereo.

This is using an after market Pioneer stereo system, but I'm better most are the same.
Yeah, I've tried that already. It does work, but it's horribly inefficient and it's missing all the cool functionality you get when you use the phone's media player.
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Yeah, I've tried that already. It does work, but it's horribly inefficient and it's missing all the cool functionality you get when you use the phone's media player.
When I plug my Droid into my car's USB it doesn't show the option to mount. In fact, it doesn't even act as if it is hooked up to the stereo whatsoever.
Any help? :/
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I use 3.5 to 3.5 in my Car. I use Bluetooth in my Truck. BTW using the 3.5 and having a windshield mount rocks for speakerphone I hear the caller over the car stero and my wife says the sound quality is better than when i'm using the bluetooth in my truck. She was surprised when I told her I was on speakerphone.
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The Jabra is the way to go. It works perfectly.
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Uh, pandora?, slacker?, jabra?

Google "pandora" once and see what you get!

maybe you, or somebody, can explain a bit of this.

I've got sirius, an 1/8" aux input, 110V AC, GPS and all that stuff (Ford Escape Hybrid) so, like lots of folks, am interested in MP3s that pause when my phone rings, and I answer it and use it on speakerphone. I understand that Motorola's accessory isn't available yet.

Using a mouse-sized device with a battery (jabra) to talk to another mouse-sized device with a battery (droid), to use my phone seems kinda goofy to me.
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I use aux in for my tundra, still trying to find a good place to mount the car dock, the problem for me is that the skip buttons are a little small to reach and hit while driving....not imposible but you need to take your eyes off the road.....

on the plus side, imcoming calls sound good thru the speakers and callers report no echo.

It would be nice to have it charging also so that the screen would stay on. I have not tried internet streaming music yet, how does the quality compare to mp3 coming off the phone?
I removed the coin holder on my 08' Tundra dash and modified it to where I could fasten my docking station to it. It is by the steering wheel and up high enough to glance at it when needed.
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I'm connecting to my JVX AVX-33 headunit through bluetooth, which is working fine. Only problem is i'm using mixzing as my main player, but everytime I use the headunit controls it invokes the standard htc player.

is there anyway to make my hero use mixzing as default?

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I am using bluetooth as well through my Kenwood DNX6140.

I can play audio files from the phone, or stream audio via A-Online-Radio
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I'm doing the fm transmitter route in the car and it has a usb charger with it. It works ok, but I get static from time to time. I'm not complaining though since it is better than the radio.

I had a rca to 3.5 cord that I use for my reciever and it works perfect.
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I picked up an Alpine ex-10 for 20 bucks on newegg, unfortunately they dont have em anymore. But, it works pretty well for me, connects the bluetooth when I get in the car, I can play my ipod or music off the phone, when I get a call the music mutes and I can take the call and I can also view my contacts, recent calls and make calls from them. It works over RF and the wires are a bit ghetto but I couldnt beat it for $20 so I'm not complaining.
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be prepared to get two calls a day for weeks if you don't tell them right away what's going on. yes, two calls! one in the morning, one at night.

told them once i don't want it anymore, they kept calling for weeks and i tried to ignore them. finally gave in and said no thanks. no calls since then.

i guess i'll buy an aux cable for my 'speed3.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 05:37 AM   #44 (permalink)
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bought the 3.5mm jack cable to go from the Droid to the Aux input on my Civic, and used Pandora, it was actually very sweet the way it works!!!
THIS.

Also, on my JVC head unit there's not only an Aux port on the front of the faceplate, but a USB connector too! So, on longer trips (hour plus of streaming music) I can keep my phone charged while jamming out. Works out perfectly!

USB from faceplate to phone + 3.5 Aux from phone to faceplate = Complete control from my phone
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I'm glad I stumbled across this thread. My car doesn't have any way to hookup other than through an FM Transmitter (would be too much of a pain in the ass to get an aftermarket head unit, and I would have to do some cutting to get it to fit), however, someone plowed into my car, and the rental that I have now has that Microsoft SYNC thing. Now I know I can pair it with bluetooth and play my Last.fm!!!
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I use 3.5 to 3.5 w/slacker or mp3's
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I'd imagine that USB (if possible) would give you the best sound quality since the file will actually play from your head unit and not from the phone. 3.5 jack would probably be the next best (and most common) choice, with Bluetooth following and finally an FM transmitter. I'm currently using Bluetooth since I got a deck for Christmas that supports it and the sound quality is actually pretty good. If I had some really nice speakers then I might go the aux route, but right now they don't put out spectacular sound anyways, so I'm not really missing much.
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I'm using a 3.5 aux cable to listen to music in the car. I have an aux port in my glove box however I noticed alot of buzz/hum when the volume is turned up loud. Thought it was a bad cable or connection at first and replaced the cable. Turns out, I get the feedback through the speakers (Only) when the motorola car charger is also plugged into the droid. Not sure why there is so much interference. Can anyone report a similar problem? Thanks
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I'm using a 3.5 aux cable to listen to music in the car. I have an aux port in my glove box however I noticed alot of buzz/hum when the volume is turned up loud. Thought it was a bad cable or connection at first and replaced the cable. Turns out, I get the feedback through the speakers (Only) when the motorola car charger is also plugged into the droid. Not sure why there is so much interference. Can anyone report a similar problem? Thanks
I have the same problem. I actually went through the same progression as you--I naturally thought it was the 3.5mm cable, and replaced it. No dice. Then I thought there was something wrong with the way the auxiliary input was setup (it's technically done using an FM Modulator, which is like an FM transmitter except it has a direct connection, and as a result, has superior quality/little static), but my iPod works fine.

But like you, I stumbled upon the fact that the feedback only occurs when I have the Droid charging. Otherwise, it works perfectly fine.

Incidentally, my iPod works fine when charging, though.

So I'm not sure what's going on. Do you know if your auxiliary input is hooked up as an FM modulator? (You wouldn't be able to tell unless you looked in the back of the radio unit.)

Any other help from anyone experienced would be great!
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After a bit more research, it appears that people are saying this will solve what's called a "ground loop" problem.

I've just placed an order for one.
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