• fb_10205689002361292 avatar Jim Posted: 2/10/2015 11:22pm PST

    It's difficult to recall when I've last looked back on an article that was so completely wrong in so many ways. Hindsight is 20/20 'n everything, but this is like a satire piece.

    Fast forward 4 years and Bluetooth streaming works great as virtually all Android (having overtaken iOS as the leading mobile platform), Apple and Windows phones can quickly and easily pair with most car audio and use native steering controls, sound quality is generally quite good and getting better as ACT-X and A2DP gain traction and several manufacturers have enhanced bluetooth connectivity to include more than hands free calling and audio.

    What are your predictions for the NEXT 5 years, guys?

  • fb_4834225991298 avatar Jack Posted: 12/28/2014 2:18pm PST

    The title of this article caught my eye as interesting. But when I got to the part where the author states "God forbid, some Droid piece of junk", I already knew the information provided would not be accurate. Apparently the author has had problems figuring out how to use a droid device in the past so all of them "are Junk". I have a so called "Droid piece of Junk" and Blue Tooth Streaming works great on my General Motors Acadia. I can jump forward or backward to the next song on my phone using the buttons on my steering wheel. And what is playing is displayed on the screen in my dash and in the heads up display.

  • fb_10154589771365012 avatar John Posted: 10/7/2014 8:55am PDT

    Funny how this article is over 4 years old and my new truck has full bluetooth streaming of everything on my phone. Not just music but I can hear games, GPS turn by turn directions and even my ringer. I can fully control songs, playlist, shuffle or repeat through my trucks audio system and my phone stays in my pocket. For something that's assumed to be a fad, it seems to be getting even better. The audio quality is excellent and far better than I expected. I love it when I see predictions that never come true. Some ask why go bluetooth when you can just plug it in and I say, why plug it in if you don't even need to remove it from your pocket. My truck immediately connects to my phone as soon as I turn on the ignition, I don't do a thing.

  • fb_1391797345 avatar Keegan Posted: 9/2/2014 5:04pm PDT

    You're just pissed because your iPhone doesn't have the hardware power to handle a decent Bluetooth streaming rate. My HTC One does an incredible job streaming to my Pioneer head unit *including voice-commands AND app-mirroring*. Please keep your ignorant complaints to yourself. Yes copper will always be king, but it doesn't mean we should put wireless technology in the attic.

  • fb_723200856 avatar fb_723200856 Posted: 3/19/2014 10:43pm PDT

    I think you may want to rethink this stance 4 years later.

  • fb_530554202 avatar Kevin Posted: 9/5/2013 7:07pm PDT

    I have been able to stream music via USB, BT, and AUX on my Android.
    Being an IT tech myself I only know of one IT tech left that uses as iPhone. They are limited and especially for us tech guys who like to customize and make our technology to our liking who in their right mind would like an iPhone anymore? Maybe some young teenage girls would like them because they are an iPhone but they suck regardless.
    Don't hate on Android because they let people actually have control over their phone.

  • roadtrip1098 avatar roadtrip1098 Posted: 3/25/2013 7:30am PDT

    I don't think it a fad at all. Most of the reasons listed as it failing are actually hiccups because it's a newer technology that people are starting to use. Of course issues are going to arise as more people start using it. Then we'll start seeing industry standards for communications protocols, upgrades to BT units (which btw have the capability to stream audio digitally at twice the bit rate most songs are stored at on your iphone). Wireless charging has existed for quite a while. In fact many phones have special cases that will allow for this technology. Cables are an eyesore, they tangle, get lost, chewed up, they require adapters, and they cost money.

  • fb_649293174 avatar Wayne Posted: 5/11/2012 7:39am PDT

    I dont get this. I've got Sirrius, and Pandora apps on my iPhone. I've streamed Bluetooth from the iPhone to a Chevy Cruze that does BT streaming. It worked perfectly, and sounded great.
    What's the big deal about having to touch the device?

  • fb_1438848949 avatar David Posted: 2/10/2012 5:01pm PST

    I understand this conversation is just over a year old, however i just installed an aftermarket stereo in my vehicle that sounds absolutely wonderful while streaming music via Bluetooth. I also read an article on Crutchfeild that suggest there is no difference in quality from USB, AUX, and CD it did however say that USB would come out a little better because its the actual digital file. I have the Samsung Galaxy SII phone. The frustration i have is everything is being fitted for the Apple Iphone of which does not hold superiority but in popularity

  • fb_1446521121 avatar Eliot Posted: 9/5/2011 1:31pm PDT

    I have a 2011 G37X with a USB a USB connection port, but it won't play music from my Droid that way and I am limited to bluetooth streaming of Spotify. Does anyone know of any android phones that will connect with my car?

  • dh321 avatar dh321 Posted: 8/23/2011 4:16pm PDT

    Have you ever heard of internet radio and streaming through your car audio? Maybe you should wake up and realize the 128K sound via bluetooth audio is pretty damn good. If it's not for you, fine.

  • David Wilcox Posted: 2/28/2011 9:45am PST

    I have been listening to audio books in my cars for many years. Bluetooth streaming to my iPhone is the first solution that has been perfectly trouble free. I use the Audible app for the iPhone. I have a 2011 Infiniti G37 that supported my wireless listening with no special effort.
    Every time I get in my car my book picks up where it left off. After I get a phone call (hands free) the audio picks up where it left off before the call. Not only is this a huge convenience but avoids dangerous distractions, fumbling with devices and cables.
    I highly recommend bluetooth streaming over any other solution for listening to audio books in your car.

  • Ronnie5 Posted: 10/12/2010 8:00pm PDT

    I'm leasing a new Mazda 6 which has bluetooth audio streaming for the iPhone and many other devices. Being an iPhone user I thought it would be nifty, but probably not a big deal either way. After having the car for about a year, THIS IS MY FAVORITE FEATURE ABOUT THE CAR. My prior car had an iphone jack and that worked fine. But it's really easy to get used to playing DJ as your phone floats unfettered in and out of your vest pocket. When my kids are in the car and I'm playing the Disney Pandora station, I'll pass the phone back to them so they can see the album art of the song that's playing. And by the way, I don't notice any loss of audio quality at all. Therefore, when my current lease expires, bluetooth audio streaming will be a "must have" feature as I shop for a new car.

  • BruceC Posted: 9/27/2010 3:23pm PDT

    My suggestion for those of you lucky enough to have a Ford with Sync is to use a thumb drive for your tunes. I have a 16gb drive in my 2011 Mustang and it works great. I don't need to hassle with cables, bluetooth, or anything else. Best of all I don't need to risk getting my car broken into or my iPod stolen because I forgot and left it laying on my console.

  • fb_520198325 avatar Robert Posted: 9/17/2010 1:10pm PDT

    This is a very bad article filled with conjecture, half truths and fanboy smokescreens. I do not recommend this article.

  • marty avatar Marty Posted: 9/16/2010 12:58pm PDT

    Hey Edgar - get your facts right. I'll be 41 soon.

  • Tom Posted: 9/16/2010 9:38am PDT

    The commenters are offended too easily. Marty is an admitted Apple fanboy and frequently makes fun of his status as such. The Droid-junk comment was obviously meant as a joke. I laughed and I prefer the Android devices.

  • MikeyD Posted: 9/16/2010 5:26am PDT

    Yeah, I stopped reading after your "Droid piece of Junk" statement. It would be best not to offend your very tiny and limited reader pool.

  • Gareth Posted: 9/16/2010 4:59am PDT

    What a load or uninformed garbage. with ad2p i can control my berrys media player with my in car stereo and its remote. Get in the car, phone + stero auto connect. Hit play on phone. skip tracks/pause/ff/rr with the remote for my stereo.
    Maybe you should learn about how crappy the iphones bluetooth is before you go bashing it in general.

  • viclaster Posted: 9/16/2010 4:04am PDT

    You lost me at "Droid piece of junk". My Moto Droid has given me the best portable audio experiece to date. I don't really like iTunes and my 32GB of memory storage really let's me take just about anything I want to take and more. Add a car mount and Sync with a Bluetooth stereo in a car and it's easy listening with.

  • MobileJoel Posted: 9/15/2010 6:21pm PDT

    I have an iPhone 3GS and use Bluetooth streaming in my wife's Ford Fusion. No problems, and I don't have to disconnect her iPod to listen to my music. frankly I actually have a harder time using my phone when the cable is connected. Also I actually have to take my phone out and put it in the center console?

  • Edgar Posted: 9/15/2010 5:17pm PDT

    "...when you're hooking up an iPhone or God forbid, some Droid piece of junk,..." rofl @ disgruntled 40 year old iphone fanboy! Props for putting your picture on the article lol
    Fady got it 100% right

  • Evan Posted: 9/15/2010 4:22pm PDT

    There is so much misinformation in this article that it overshadows the whole point. Yes, quality and battery life will suffer by using bluetooth streaming, but it's a nice option to have and considering bluetooth calling isn't going anywhere (iPhone excluded, most phones are actually capable of making and receiving calls), there isn't much investment to add bluetooth audio to the system.

  • Steve Posted: 9/15/2010 3:34pm PDT

    If the Bluetooth device is in your pocket, you can't control it anyway. :) Honestly, most people get in a car and dump all the junk from their pockets into the console, door pocket, or the closest empty seat. So there is no reason not to plug in your device. And regarding Marty Padgett's last paragraph, if you own the car, leave the cable in it. No need to carry it around on your person.

  • Fady Posted: 9/15/2010 1:55pm PDT

    Since when can you stream audio from a phone using USB cables? Maybe on an iPhone you can, but for us using "God forbid" Android powered phones, we have to use AUX or BT Streaming. So I think this whole article was a waste...except for iPhone users who have sucky bluetooth streaming anyway...no wonder you're bitter, clearly author is an iPhone user :)

  • Nelson avatar Nelson Posted: 9/15/2010 1:38pm PDT

    I really don't get the need for BT streaming in a car. If it paired, streamed, and could be controlled straight from your pocket, I'd get it, especially for running around town/hopping in and out of the car. But that's not how it works.
    Going wireless only makes sense if you need to roam around and be free of cords. In a car, you're always seated right next to the audio equipment, so why not just plug in?