Our smartphones now carry much more information about ourselves then any other phones ever had. And a big part of that information is our music collection. It most probably occupies the biggest part of the SD card on our smartphone, and we would like to listen to it anywhere and anytime. And a part of our day where we would want to listen to our music is when we drive in our cars, going from place to place, but also in our home, when we like to plug in our smartphones to the audio system and start relaxing.
Listen to Smartphone Music in Car and at Home
If you ever wanted to do this, then feel relieved because it’s more simple then you might think. There are a few options that work with your existing audio system, the old fashioned one, with just a few modifications. Of course, newer models of car stereos or home audio systems already have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity and can be connected to many devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Depending on which device you want to connect your smartphone, there are a few options available. If you want to connect your smartphone to your car’s stereo so you can listen to music via the car’s speakers, you have a few options.
1. Connect Smartphone To Car With Bluetooth
In order to do so, your stereo must have Bluetooth integrated. Newer models, sometimes called smart radios now have this feature integrated. From here, the process is very simple. Just turn on the Bluetooth in the car radio and search for it from your device. You will have to pair the devices, and in the majority of stereos, the pairing PIN code is written in the manual. Once you’ve done this, your device will always connect to the radio when you start it.
If you are looking for specialized devices, then you might look for something like the PARROT ASTEROID car stereo, that allows you to connect via Bluetooth your Android smartphone or iOS device to it. It features a great LCD display and a 4x55W MOSFET audio amplifier.
Pioneer also provides such devices, what they call “AppRadio” devices, like the DEH-6300UB stereo, such as which work both on Android and iOS and allow you to extend the smartphone’s flexibility and features to the car’s audio system and much more.
2. Purchase a Bluetooth Device
Many smartphone manufacturers offer these devices that allow you to connect your smartphone to the car’s audio system. They connect via audio cable to the stereo and via Bluetooth to the smartphone. Blackberry offers the Music Gateway device that does exactly this, but you can find other aftermarket devices, such as Grooveshark radio transmitter, that allows you to pair your Android device to your car’s radio. Also, Belkin offers a great car AUX system for connecting your smartphone to your car’s audio system.
3. Connect Via USB or AUX
This is by far the simplest solution and the cheapest possible. All you have to do is connect your smartphone to the car stereo via the AUX port, using a “male-to-male” 3.5” jack connector. Plug in one end to your smartphone and the other to the AUX port on your stereo. To use the USB cable, the process is similar, but your stereo has to have USB connectivity integrated. The process is the same as with the AUX cable.
These are the main ways to connect your smartphone to your car’s audio system. If, on the other hand you want to listen to your tunes on your home sound system, then you can use the above methods of connecting your device, via the USB or AUX cables, both supported on most home sound systems, and also some high end models have wireless connectivity. Also, if you own a smart TV, then you can use Streaming Apps to stream audio and video to your TV and audio system.
Of course, for older sound systems you can find converters for analog signal. These are 3.5” jack to AV analog cables. A very cheap solution but a pretty good one.
Also, you can find great products that work very good at connecting devices in your home, such as:
This device allows you to connect smartphones, tablets or laptops to any audio system that supports AUX connection via a Bluetooth pair.
This device allows you to connect multiple wireless enabled devices together, such as TVs, smartphones, audio systems or printers and use them from your iPhone.
To make a long story short, there are lots of ways to connect your smartphone to either your car stereo or to your home sound system. Some are as simple as buying a jack to jack or jack to AV cable or a usb cable, and some more expensive, using smart radios and sound systems.