Wirelessly stream MP3s from your BlackBerry device to car stereo

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From The Beatles to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I carry thousands of songs wherever I go.  Stored within the microSD card in my smartphone, my entire music collection is immediately available when I have time to listen – which is most often in the car.  

A seamless and clutter-free way to extend music from your device to your car stereo is to do so wirelessly. Using the Bluetooth® A2DP audio streaming profile supported by most smartphones today, your device can stream music to any car stereo that supports the Bluetooth A2DP profile.

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Of course, most cars do not support this Bluetooth profile. If your car does not have Bluetooth A2DP support, but does have a 3.5mm auxiliary port intended for an MP3 player, you can still extend wireless streaming.  To do so, follow three quick and easy steps:

Step 1:  Plug a BlackBerry® Music Gateway into the auxiliary port of your car.
Step 2:  Power the BlackBerry Music Gateway with a standard BlackBerry Car Charger.
Step 3:  Pair the BlackBerry Music Gateway to your device.

Once paired, your device will connect to the BlackBerry Music Gateway when you start your car.  Just select a playlist and hit play to begin streaming music through the BlackBerry Music Gateway, and into your car stereo.

For those who use and love Bluetooth hands-free solutions for safer voice calls in the car (and we hope you do!), rest assured that your smartphone can connect to both the Hands Free component in your car, and the BlackBerry Music Gateway simultaneously. You don’t have to choose one feature over the other. Music will pause for any inbound calls, and allow the user to answer calls via the car’s Bluetooth hands-free solution.  When the call ends, your music will automatically resume. Check out the User Guide for additional information on pairing, connecting and general use of the BlackBerry Music Gateway.

About Michael W.

Mike recently joined RIM after spending the last eight years working at the carrier and mobile startup levels of the wireless industry. Already a longtime and enthusiastic member of the BlackBerry® Community, Mike is now a member of the very ambitious and never satisfied handheld software product team.

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  • Caspan

    While I love the BlackBerry Music Gateway and I have tried it I will always fail back to the iPod connection until some idiots get there heads out of their… well you know what.
    The sound quality is okay and I am being generous with that statement. If you have a sound system in your car the audio is very bad for a couple of reasons:
    1. The Bluetooth protocol does not employ a preamp stream or give you the option to chose preamp. Now some of you might be asking why does that mater? Well when you have a BlackBerry Device that has all your equalizer settings perfect for bass and volume boost in your little headphones but then stream that to audio sink (car Bluetooth stereo) everything gets distorted and sounds horrible. cause you are now amplifying an already amplified signal. With a preamp signal the audio comes in as a known standard level with no amplification or change and it allows your stereo to do all the equalization (is that a word?) to the audio.
    2. Remember the days of CD players and the tape cassette that plugged into the headphone jack? well Bluetooth Music Gateway is just a wireless version of that. you can adjust the volume on the source (BlackBerry, CD Player) as well on your car stereo. so you constantly have to adjust volume on both devices until it sounds good. very annoying because most of the time you have to crank your car stereo to make the signal sound good because at a low input volume you get better quality from the source and then you switch to radio and blow your speakers out.
    3. No song information is sent to the car stereo. This device that is obvious cause its just a headphone jack. My car stereo support audio sink and all i can do is click next, prev, play, pause and when going from an iPod where you get full song details and playlists, search capability, album art its like going to dialup form High Speed internet you wouldn’t do it and not miss the other.
    Until they create a multimedia gateway that will support the same stuff an iPod does. I know you are limited in wireless as to how much data you can send with Bluetooth 2.0 but Bluetooth 3.0 came out that now supports a larger bandwidth hopefully they can see a new protocol that supports this function.
    All i have to say is if all you want is audio and you don’t care about quality it works and half decent. If you care about audio quality and ease of use and fiddling with volume and adjustments to your equalizer. plus charging the Bluetooth puck (luckily you can use your BlackBerry car charger thank you RIM for just going with a standard USB for charging all your devices)
    Please understand I am not an audiophile it does not have to be perfect but it needs to sound decent when turned up. If you have an old stereo and speakers then you most likely wont hear the difference. If you have an after market stereo you probaly care about your audio and have half decent speakers and maybe a sub and you wont like the quality of the audio.

  • Caspan

    While I love the BlackBerry Music Gateway and I have tried it I will always fail back to the iPod connection until some idiots get there heads out of their… well you know what.
    The sound quality is okay and I am being generous with that statement. If you have a sound system in your car the audio is very bad for a couple of reasons:
    1. The Bluetooth protocol does not employ a preamp stream or give you the option to chose preamp. Now some of you might be asking why does that mater? Well when you have a BlackBerry Device that has all your equalizer settings perfect for bass and volume boost in your little headphones but then stream that to audio sink (car Bluetooth stereo) everything gets distorted and sounds horrible. cause you are now amplifying an already amplified signal. With a preamp signal the audio comes in as a known standard level with no amplification or change and it allows your stereo to do all the equalization (is that a word?) to the audio.
    2. Remember the days of CD players and the tape cassette that plugged into the headphone jack? well Bluetooth Music Gateway is just a wireless version of that. you can adjust the volume on the source (BlackBerry, CD Player) as well on your car stereo. so you constantly have to adjust volume on both devices until it sounds good. very annoying because most of the time you have to crank your car stereo to make the signal sound good because at a low input volume you get better quality from the source and then you switch to radio and blow your speakers out.
    3. No song information is sent to the car stereo. This device that is obvious cause its just a headphone jack. My car stereo support audio sink and all i can do is click next, prev, play, pause and when going from an iPod where you get full song details and playlists, search capability, album art its like going to dialup form High Speed internet you wouldn’t do it and not miss the other.
    Until they create a multimedia gateway that will support the same stuff an iPod does. I know you are limited in wireless as to how much data you can send with Bluetooth 2.0 but Bluetooth 3.0 came out that now supports a larger bandwidth hopefully they can see a new protocol that supports this function.
    All i have to say is if all you want is audio and you don’t care about quality it works and half decent. If you care about audio quality and ease of use and fiddling with volume and adjustments to your equalizer. plus charging the Bluetooth puck (luckily you can use your BlackBerry car charger thank you RIM for just going with a standard USB for charging all your devices)
    Please understand I am not an audiophile it does not have to be perfect but it needs to sound decent when turned up. If you have an old stereo and speakers then you most likely wont hear the difference. If you have an after market stereo you probaly care about your audio and have half decent speakers and maybe a sub and you wont like the quality of the audio.

  • Mike

    True, end-to-end hardware and software integration for a specific music device has its benefits. Unfortunately, that type of integration is uncommon due to cost and availability. The most common solution available in cars today, is the AUX port. For car with AUX ports, the BlackBerry Stereo Gateway provides an easy to use solution to wirelessly extend that AUX port, without compromising the intended quality of the AUX port with wired connection.
    To your point regarding the extension of control functions to the car stereo unit, I certainly agree that this would provide a great experience. To enable this, the car stereo must support Bluetooth AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile) on its own. The BlackBerry Stereo Gateway can enable music streaming, but it cannot extend controls to a stereo that was never intended to control an external audio device (mp3 player). Many BlackBerry models already support AVRCP, and are capable of extending basic control functions (play, pause, FF, RW) to an AVRCP enabled car stereo. When available this is a great feature to have in your car, but Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP support is not as readily available as the AUX port just yet! But we can all expect that improved Bluetooth integration will become increasingly available in standard car stereos in days to come!
    Thank you for the comment!

  • Mike

    True, end-to-end hardware and software integration for a specific music device has its benefits. Unfortunately, that type of integration is uncommon due to cost and availability. The most common solution available in cars today, is the AUX port. For car with AUX ports, the BlackBerry Stereo Gateway provides an easy to use solution to wirelessly extend that AUX port, without compromising the intended quality of the AUX port with wired connection.
    To your point regarding the extension of control functions to the car stereo unit, I certainly agree that this would provide a great experience. To enable this, the car stereo must support Bluetooth AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile) on its own. The BlackBerry Stereo Gateway can enable music streaming, but it cannot extend controls to a stereo that was never intended to control an external audio device (mp3 player). Many BlackBerry models already support AVRCP, and are capable of extending basic control functions (play, pause, FF, RW) to an AVRCP enabled car stereo. When available this is a great feature to have in your car, but Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP support is not as readily available as the AUX port just yet! But we can all expect that improved Bluetooth integration will become increasingly available in standard car stereos in days to come!
    Thank you for the comment!

  • Doug

    The Blackberry Music Gateway is a great way to stream music to a car stereo. For those with an older car stereo without a 3.5mm aux port, the Stereo Gateway can also be teamed with a cassette adapter. When one considers the cost involved, the sound quality is really quite good. Further, you can no more remotely control a car stereo with a standard aux port using an iPod than you can with a Blackberry. Finally, I seriously question the wisdom of moving control of car audio systems away from switches and knobs designed to be operated by feel while driving and toward the tiny, visually tuned controls found on most mp3 players. At best this idea raises serious safety concerns.

  • Doug

    The Blackberry Music Gateway is a great way to stream music to a car stereo. For those with an older car stereo without a 3.5mm aux port, the Stereo Gateway can also be teamed with a cassette adapter. When one considers the cost involved, the sound quality is really quite good. Further, you can no more remotely control a car stereo with a standard aux port using an iPod than you can with a Blackberry. Finally, I seriously question the wisdom of moving control of car audio systems away from switches and knobs designed to be operated by feel while driving and toward the tiny, visually tuned controls found on most mp3 players. At best this idea raises serious safety concerns.

  • Caspan

    Yeah I run the Bold BlackBerry Smartphone and I can use the AVRCP which again are very functional just very basic and when you have used an iPod connector it’s like going back to dial-up form high speed lol it’s functional but very old school.

  • Caspan

    Yeah I run the Bold BlackBerry Smartphone and I can use the AVRCP which again are very functional just very basic and when you have used an iPod connector it’s like going back to dial-up form high speed lol it’s functional but very old school.

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    Got it

  • Marshallhayek

    Having music in your car is not a problem anymore.

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    Bravo, Bros! keep going like this, more good info again.

  • EM

    How about create the gateway to whereby a call is incoming, it pauses the music, your caller comes in across the car speakers so you don’t have to drive around with an ear bud in place. As soon as the call hangs up, music resumes.

    Anybody like that Idea? This would also allow you to use it in conferencing scenarios as well.

  • Bonny

    Does this device also play Pandora in the car?

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