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How to listen to music with a bluetooth headset?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by MajorZee, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. MajorZee

    MajorZee Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I have a HTC magic, and i broke my headphones, but i have a nice headset from motorolla.
    I wanted to listen to music through my bluetooth headset so i was wondering is there and app or a fix for this issue.

    Thanks in advance,

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  2. jwmacdon1231

    jwmacdon1231 Android Expert

  3. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Android Expert

    @jwmacdon1231: The description for the app you've linked says, "This app fixes a bug in Android: When a wired headset is connected and a Bluetooth (phone) headset is used, afterward, audio is redirected to the speaker instead of to the wired headset."

    I don't think this is what the OP is looking for. MajorZee says that his/her earphones are _broken_ (physically maybe?) and he/she wants to be able to listen to music through his/her BT earpiece, instead of buying new earphones.

    @MajorZee: these links have some info:



  4. jwmacdon1231

    jwmacdon1231 Android Expert

    Oooohhhhh. My bad. Sorry for the wrong info MajorZee. I guess that's what happens when one goes on 2 hours of sleep.

    Sorry about that.
  5. Racklefratz

    Racklefratz Newbie

    A fix for....what issue, exactly?
  6. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Android Expert

    MajorZee wants to listen to music using a BT earpiece (NOT BT headphones).
  7. Racklefratz

    Racklefratz Newbie

    I see. Don't have an answer, not being familiar with the HTC Magic. Seems like listening to music in mono would get old pretty quickly, though.
  8. MajorZee

    MajorZee Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks everyone for the reply, but i tried ur links, i also upddated my firmware, but no luck.
    Im currently searching through the appstore to find one.
    I also downloaded 3 other music players to see if they have the option to turn on the headset.
  9. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Android Expert

    Have you tried contacting Google support directly to see if it's even possible? You might also consider posting in the Developers sub-forum here and ask if they know if it's possible. The developers would all have access to the SDK, and would know what to look for. It may not even be possible at the moment.
  10. W4LLY

    W4LLY Android Enthusiast

    Correct me if I'm wrong, or if this just applies to the iPhone;

    You can't bluetooth listen to music with a mono bluetooth headset (One ear, one speaker) only stero blue tooth enabled headphones.
  11. Racklefratz

    Racklefratz Newbie

    Maybe not. The Jabra BT530 just might be able to do it.Streaming audio by bluetooth can be either mono or stereo, and this one has the A2DP profile that makes that possible. It might work.

    Probably not the one the OP has available, though.
  12. aaronjohnston

    aaronjohnston Newbie

    Just wanted to say this is happening with me as well. I listen to pod cast's not music so the earpice doesnt bother me with the crappy play back. When I pair the headset (moto H710) with the laptop there is an option to enable it as a headset and/or hands free telephony. Seems like the erris just needs these options to be added in the BT software.
  13. trekgraham

    trekgraham Member

    Id love to know since I listen to podcasts also and can't afford a stereo bt, I didn't bring my tape deck adapter with me and am driving home tomorrow wana listen to my podcasts without using wired headphones or speaker. Anyway to bypass or trick it to allow it?
  14. Crude

    Crude Android Expert

    Well the answer here lies in how blue tooth works.

    Not all devices have the same blue tooth. The one in question here is A2DP. This allows the blue tooth connection to send 2 channels to a device. Of course the device also needs to meet these specs. Standard ear pierces do not have A2DP because no one anticipated a person wanting to listen with one ear. To my knowledge these is no phone that can send music to a regular headset. The phone itself would have to process the A2DP into HSP ( headset profile ) and then send it.

    The ONLY solution to this that I've found is buying a headset with 2 parts and disconnecting the one ( or stick it in your shirt ).

    The Platronics Voyager 855 ( no that's not a typo, it's got he same model number as the droid ) is a stereo headset that I've been using for a couple years now. I get around 5-6 hours of music out of a charge and it's actually small enough you can tuck it under a cap and it's out of sight. I know the sound quality isn't the greatest, but it was my best choice when I bought it..

    Plantronics Voyager 855 Stereo Bluetooth Headset | Calls & Music

    Seems it was discontinued?
  15. aaronjohnston

    aaronjohnston Newbie

    You can do this. Got it off of one of the links

    1. save the audio file to the sd card
    2. put the phone into vibrate
    3. open the phone menu and call **
    4. open your file manager and open the audio file

    works for the droid eris and I have been using this method for a couple days now, no issues :D
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  16. kg6epf

    kg6epf Well-Known Member

    Yes and no.... "Podtrapper" app for my old BB Storm let me select output and I could listen to music, podcasts, etc through my old mono BT earpiece.

    I'm sure it can be done, if a dev sees enough interest. If nothing pops up soon, I guess I'll go buy a new earpiece.
  17. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User

    Not really an answer to this question, but I had looking for a way to do this and no one answered my post asking this specific question, so thanks for the tip! Downloaded it and going to hope it works next time I'm in my car.
  18. illusive817

    illusive817 Lurker

    i would love to see this done , i have to use my mono all the time and would like to have some background music from time to time

    but apparently everyone says it cant be done

    Anything can be accomplished!
  19. mwburden

    mwburden Newbie

    When I try this, the dialer gives me "Invalid MMI Code" and drops me out to the homescreen. I've tried various combinations of "*" and "#" with similar results.

    (G1, Cyanogenmod
  20. jmcglathery29

    jmcglathery29 Lurker

    I am a droid owner, who recently switched over from the ATT Tilt windows mobile phone. There are many apps available for windows mobile to enable A2DP and allow you to listen to music on your bluetooth headset. I used to do it all of the time. Yeah the quality is not great, but I have family in the car and would like to hear the conversations, but still hear my music, or sometimes listen to movies or audio books. there are lots of uses for this functionality. I am disapointed to find out that Android currently does nto have the capacity to utilize this feature available on most bluetooth headsets. It seems that a developer could create an app to allow this functionality, but I am far from a developer and could be completely wrong. If anyone knows how to make this happen I would imagine it would be a hit, very popular apps on windows mobile.
  21. tpetek

    tpetek Lurker

    Thanks to Aaron! This works. A little more info if you like...

    When dialing "**", if the 2 asterisks are dialed quickly it produces the "p" or "pause" dialing character. Dialing 3 asterisks produces a "w" or "wait" dialing character. When calling just these special characters, the call does not get processed to the network, but a channel gets opened to the bluetooth device. If you dial the asterisks slowly, you can actually place a call to ** and this will not work.

    If I get a phone call while listening through my bluetooth device, redialing "p" (**) may reestablish the channel. Sometimes I need to dial 3 asterisks for the "w" for "wait" character. Sometimes it takes a couple of special "p" and/or "w" characters to reopen the channel. Sometimes I have to turn off my bluetooth service and turn it back on and then try a few different dialing sequences. It always works, just sometimes if reestablishing the channel after being interrupted it may take a few tries.

    I've used this technique to listen to the music player, pandora streaming audio, and anything else that produces sound! Thanks Aaron.

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  22. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Android Expert

    WOW! That worked! AWESOME. This is perfect for me since i listen to audiobooks, so i dont need stereo sound.

    Question: Do i need to dial ** everytime?
    And what is the reason for doing that?
  23. mixpix

    mixpix Well-Known Member

    I get the same thing with **. I can dial *** and get connected on Bluetooth, but then 10 seconds or so later it hangs up.
  24. koldtoft

    koldtoft Newbie

    I need this for a number of things

    1. When listening to podcasts while driving I would use my mono Bluetooth 2 headset.

    2. When watching TV on the phone, in my bed while laying on one side, it's annoying to have an ear plug in the ear I am resting my head on, so mono sound is all I need.

    3. When in the car with a friend / friends, and listening to directions from the Navigator application (turn left on valbylanggade). so u can just have the phone in your pocket and navigate by sound.

    The list goes on and on... An application or fix that allows one to turn any Bluetooth ear device in to the phone speaker (or in other words send the phone speaker output to any Bluetooth audio device) is a must have, and I can't find one.

    Ps. I need this for HTC Desire (Android 2.1)
  25. sarek_it

    sarek_it Lurker

    Ive asked to many developers... but seem that nobody is
    interested !

    I really need to use my helmet headset... to hear mp3 and gps directions..... but seem that ive to buy a 90$ nokia symbian phone
    and sell my 500$ android phone !
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