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Time to get Bluetooth on more stereos

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Had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. Good food, good company. Good music too thanks to Pandora streaming from my iPhone via Bluetooth to an Anycom FIPO adapter connected to a Bose stereo. Makes me wonder we’ll get Bluetooth standard on more stereos.

Streaming audio over Bluetooth isn’t a feature new to the iPhone or other devices, but it’s gotten a lot of buzz lately due to the new AirPlay feature in iOS 4.2. Connect an Apple TV to your TV and you can stream video to it from your iDevice. Works with audio too, except audio can also be streamed to Bluetooth-compatible devices. Before the AirPlay update, selecting which one to stream to was a chore, requiring me to go into Settings to select the right target. AirPlay makes things easier, but again though, this isn’t new.

Back in March, I put together a Bluetooth streaming solution for my car using a cassette adapter, USB power via the lighter, and an Anycom FIPO. I was impressed enough with the FIPO that I picked up a couple more for my home, upstairs and main floor. I typically kept them unplugged when not in use, but the ease of selection via AirPlay lets me leave them in and switch as I please. That and the ability to change stations and adjust volume from my handheld allowed me to control the music without touching the stereos.

So I have to ask: will AirPlay help get Bluetooth on more stereos? Apple has their own initiative to for AirPlay certification, but that doesn’t help folks who aren’t using iDevices or who would prefer an open standard. Instead of automatically jumping on board with AirPlay, I hope stereo makers will consider Bluetooth as an alternative or at least a supplement.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

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  1. drrg

    11/28/2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for the thoughts on this. It inspired me to try something new (to me). Being a cash-strapped student, I have to choose wisely which gadgets I purchase. One of my purchases was a bluetooth speakerphone (Jabra Cruiser), which I use solely as a speakerphone at home for my cell phone. It has a built-in FM transmitter for relaying audio, so I connected the chain through to test the quality/utility. Works great! The quality is a little lower through FM than directly through headphones connected to the iPod, but is still probably better than the cassette adapter I use (which never gets the stereo balance correct). I’m glad to know about this feature.

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