By Robyn Wright
Most new cars now come with Bluetooth built in, so you can stream music from your phone through your car speakers. While this is very convenient for some, not everyone has a car with this feature. You can stream music in your car using other techniques, although you will still need a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
Check Your Owner’s Manual
The first step is to take a look at your car’s owner’s manual to see if it has any features that will help you stream your music. While newer cars often have Bluetooth, older vehicles could have an audio input jack. If you have one of these, just follow the instructions in the manual.
Bluetooth Auxiliary Connector
These little adapters plug into any AC outlet – like a cigarette lighter – and will stream music from your device through your car speakers. They are simple to use and require no special installation skills.
Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone
These are small devices that clip onto your visor and connect with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Once they have been paired the first time, they will automatically connect in the future. While they are primarily marketed more for hands-free talk, they can also stream music. Some will allow you to hear the music through the speaker on the device, and others may have an FM transmitter that will send the sound to your car speakers. Motorola and Parrot are two of the more popular brands.
Hard Wired Bluetooth Adapter
Similar to a speakerphone, this device is hard wired into your car. Once installed, your phone will connect automatically when you get in the car. You can use an app on your phone for settings but it functions as though you bought the car with Bluetooth installed.
Each of these have their own pros and cons. Consider price, installation, car clutter, and ease of use when deciding which one to buy. Ask friends and family if they stream music in their cars and what they think of the devices they are using.
Robyn Wright is a social media specialist and blogs on her own blog, RobynsOnlineWorld.com, as well as several other sites. Robyn has a love for family, technology, food and lots of apps!