Saturday, August 11, 2007

Stream audio from your iPhone to bluetooth headset

If you are one of those who was disappointed not to
see Bluetooth's A2DP profile in the iPhone feature
list then here is some good news for you as there is a

you should
be able to stream audio from your iPhone to a
Bluetooth headset.

What is A2DP?

In order to use Bluetooth, a device must be compatible
with certain Bluetooth profiles. A Bluetooth profile
is a standardized interface between Bluetooth devices.
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) is a
profile that defines how high quality audio (stereo or
mono) can be streamed from one device to another over
a Bluetooth connection - for example in this context,
music streamed from an iPhone to a wireless headset.

Now that we all know what A2DP stands for lets find
out how you can stream audio from your iPhone to a
Bluetooth headset. Audio here means audio from audio
tracks as well as videos.

So achieve this you need to do the following:
Pair a Bluetooth headset with your iPhone, switch on
your headset so that it can perform the handshake with
the iPhone.
Go into the Visual Voicemail screen and tap the Audio
button in the upper right (which is otherwise a
Speaker button when your headset isn't on and
communicating with your phone)
You'll receive an audio selection dialog much like the
in-call dialog box that allows you to choose where to
send the iPhone's audio.
Select the Headset option, then switch over to the
iPod and begin playing music or a video.

And you should be able to listen to the audio from the
headset, however the only not so nice part of this
iPhone tip is that the audio still plays from iPhone's

This essentially helps you remove the cable clutter
associated with a wired headset. So if you get this
working don't forget to thank Earle Davies the reader
at TUAW for the latest iPhone tip.

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