Abarth Cars => Blue&Me => Topic started by: Barth on October 04, 2019, 09:34:37 am

Title: The Blue&Me Saga
Post by: Barth on October 04, 2019, 09:34:37 am
So I've just bought a 2010 500 Abarth esseesse but this stupid Blue&Me thing is doing my head in. How can I play music from my phone via Bluetooth using Blue&Me or is there no way of doing this? My phone is a Huawei P30 Pro. I love the car but this system is rubbish it has to be said. Probably a lot better on the newer cars!

What solutions have people come up with, if any? Thanks guys!
Title: Re: The Blue&Me Saga
Post by: android_808 on October 04, 2019, 05:28:41 pm
There are 2 B&M units used on the series 1 cars.  Don't know how to tell the difference but they are from two different manufactureres and one has more memory than the other.  If I remember the main unit is mounted in the rear passenger side trim.

It doesn't support Bluetooth audio, only Bluetooth telephone functions.  If your set on using Bluetooth, you could try a Bluetooth FM Transmitter that plugs into the cigarette lighter.  It would allow you to connect to it via Bluetooth and you then tune the headunit FM station to match the device.  Quality wise this probably isn't the greatest (Audio file>Bluetooth>FM conversion would lose quality) and doesn't allow you to control tracks via the headunit.  Bluetooth usage like this will also increase the drain on the battery.

Series 1 also has no aux in, unlike the series 3 units.  So even if you had a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack  in your P30 Pro your out of luck.  There are some ways around this, I've read of people splicing the audio cables to add an aux and putting in a USB stick with a long blank track.  This would potentially work but that seemed like too much effort when I could just stick the tracks on a USB stick.  It is also better for the phones battery as constantly plugging it in and charging it during playback isn't great for a lithium battery.  Like the first method it doesn't allow you to control it via the headunit/steering wheel.

Third option as mentioned above, just stick in something like a 8 or 16GB USB stick loaded with mp3 or aac/mp4 files.  I wouldn't go too big like 128GB stick, after 16-20GB of files it doesn't seem to like it as much, you sometimes get crackles during playback.  Better quality playback, no conversion to FM or Bluetooth and you can control via the steering wheel/headunit.

Final option is to replace the headunit and try to get existing functions (USB, steering wheel etc) working with that.

For my S1 Esseesse, the S3 Comp and the new S4 Esseessse I have always used a Cruzer Blade and just left it in there.  They are USB2, which has a lower max power draw, and matched my black and red "Turismo" style seats, the black and red Sabelts and now the Abarth 70 + red seat belts.  I would start with a smaller audio library and build up until you encounter any issues.