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Offline jacklewisno1

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using a tablet with blue and me
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:47:05 pm »
I have a hudl 2 tablet which is now after a frustrating morning paired to the car. Am I able to play music saved on my tablet from Spotify through the blue and me system either through Bluetooth or with a wired connection?

I'm finding the whole blue and me thing rather frustrating and I'm now considering buying a double din head unit to try and remove all issues, but before I do I thought it would be worth giving the tablet a shot.

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    Re: using a tablet with blue and me
    « Reply #1 on: April 08, 2015, 03:17:14 am »
    Not properly is the short answer. This Blue & Me doesn't support the streaming protocol for music. You can fake it by downloading an app that mimics the phone audio protocol. This will only be mono, and average quality.
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    Re: using a tablet with blue and me
    « Reply #2 on: April 08, 2015, 10:17:20 am »
    OK then thank you for the help, I'll try and see if its possible to retro fit the newer blue and me system to my car. Failing that I guess it will have to be an aftermarket job.

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    Re: using a tablet with blue and me
    « Reply #3 on: April 08, 2015, 10:59:13 am »
    Check out a part from another forum member: Justin Read. He did an excellent double din head unit replacement plus speakers, sound deadening, the whole works. Might give you some ideas...

    The other option would be a Bluetooth dongle to plug in to the auxiliary port, but that wouldn't give you any corolla from the steering wheel.
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    Re: using a tablet with blue and me
    « Reply #4 on: April 08, 2015, 09:07:04 pm »
    I don't actually have an aux port, from what I understand of it (and this is getting slightly geeky now) the first gen stereos were made by blaupunkt. They had an aux port fitted at the rear.  Then they switched to Bosch and the port was removed. My mums 500 has an aux port, my car was built 2 weeks later and doesn't! So frustrating.

    My plan is therefore to try and find a blaupunkt radio and swap it for mine. Then I could just mount my tablet on the dash and play Spotify through that. Although I'm not sure if a blaupunkt would work with blue and me?

    The setup of Justin's is mighty impressive. I made some enquiries today about double dins but just to get the facial and relevant leads costs around £250 and then the same again for the entry level stereo. Rather pricey.

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    Re: using a tablet with blue and me
    « Reply #5 on: April 10, 2015, 02:19:06 am »
    I wasn't aware there were any made without aux ports - I've only ever seen it next to the USB port. Other option would be an old iPhone, get a data only SIM (or wireless hotspot to your phone) and plug it in through the USB port - then you can control it properly through the steering wheel controls as well.

    So what is next to your USB port then?
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    Re: using a tablet with blue and me
    « Reply #6 on: April 11, 2015, 09:50:58 pm »
    Yes that is an idea I guess. I have one of those Mi-fi dongle things. In an ideal world I would just use that with the tablet to get Spotify and DAB.

    Haha there is nothing next to the USB. It is just a USB and that's it. My car was one of the first 200 into the UK I believe, so its a bit stone age compared to these modern ones you drive!

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    Re: using a tablet with blue and me
    « Reply #7 on: April 12, 2015, 11:21:08 pm »
    I've found one of the blaupunkt radios on the web. However I've also been looking at I phones too. Do you know if a first gen iPhone would work? I'd obviously want to spend as little as possible.

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    Re: using a tablet with blue and me
    « Reply #8 on: April 13, 2015, 12:20:10 am »
    1st gen I'm not sure. I use a 4S in mine every now and again for that purpose and it works well. The battery is much useless on that, but as it's always plugged in it doesn't really matter.
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