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Using Bluetooth to play audio in my Car from my Epic4G

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  1. kzqxfj

    kzqxfj New Member
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    Hello,
    I am looking for an app that will allow me to play music and audio books to my paired bluetooth car audio system. At the moment I can only use it for phone calls, anyone have any ideas?
     

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  2. dvhttn

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    Your BT radio needs to have the BT A2DP profile as well as the headset profile, which is almost certainly what you are using now. My car radio has the same limitation, but I knew that when I bought it many moons ago. To use the radio as a music player mine has a 3.5mm 'AUX in' to which I connect my DHD. Not ideal but it'll have to do until I can afford a new head unit with has BT with A2DP.

    Oh, and the 'app' doesn't really matter. I use Poweramp but the included app will work - it may just not have all the audio features you want.

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  3. Palmetto Fellow

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    It's hard to believe that a car audio Bluetooth system would come WITHOUT A2DP...but I suppose anything's possible.

    Look up the specs on your hardware and make sure it supports A2DP. If it doesn't, and you can still return it...DO SO IMMEDIATELY! Pay a restock fee if you have to.

    IMHO, no manufacturer should be cranking out BT hardware without A2DP support. This is of course, my humble opinion...

    To answer the other half of your question...no special apps are required. Once you have an A2DP pairing, most of your phone's music should play over the BT device. Pandora and Youtube do definately without a doubt. I may try listening to an MP3 as well some day (with Pandora, I don't need MP3s).
     
  4. dvhttn

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    Well the head unit I've got was bought in *about* 2005 and had no A2DP. At the time I had no need of it, just having a *hands free* capability was the aim, but not that many phones supported it anyway. You can still buy head units without A2DP capability - but as long as you know what you need there's no problem ....

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  5. Palmetto Fellow

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    That sounds so preposterous to me. In 2010, any BlueTooth device that has anything to do wtih audio should all have A2DP. I think all dongles should support it as well.

    Rediculous...I tell ya...rediculous.
     
  6. RARE 5.0

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    So i take it you dont have a ford with sync. I love bluetooth audio in my Focus its awesome.
     
  7. dvhttn

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    You're right. Maybe they just use older/cheaper BT chipsets? Dunno. The ones I've seen are mainly the 'cheaper' brands though, most of the more well known head units seem to have A2DP.

    Dave
     
  8. Palmetto Fellow

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    In your particular case, you have an older unit, so it's excusable. But if there are BT car headunits being made today that don't have A2DP, then there is something serious wrong with that scenario. It is IMHO inexcusable.
     
  9. takeshi

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    Why is it hard to believe? I happen to own such a car. Not every car on the road was manufactured this year. Some don't even have Bluetooth (like my other car). :eek:
     
  10. Palmetto Fellow

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    While I'll admit that A2DP isn't something that most consumers are asking for, most don't even know that they need A2DP in order to stream music through BlueTooth.

    A2DP has been out since 2003. The fact that it's taken this long to start seeing it widespread on phones is puzzling...I suppose bandwidth costs and capacities are caught up with streaming audio.

    Perhaps if bluetooth wasn't so fragmented, this wouldn't be an issue. If having the BT stamp on your device meant that A2DP was also a part of the design, that would eliminate most of the fragmentation.

    I would like to see A2DP disappear as an OPTION that can be omitted from BT devices. I want A2DP to be an integral part of BT so manufacturers can't leave it off.
     

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