(Originally posted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog)
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.
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.