Stream Music from your iPhone to your PC via Bluetooth

With the release of firmware 3.0 for iPhone 3G/3GS and also for iPod Touch 2G (2nd Generation). Its possible for us to make use of Bluetooth to stream music wirelessly from your iPhone/iPod to your headsets. Its called A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). Well it works great if you have a pair of good headphones but what if you want to stream it to your PC wirelessly which is connected to a stereo – then you might want to consider this solution.

My main aim is to take advantage of A2DP and make use it of it by using a PC as a “headphone” and streaming music to it. It would be easier to listen to and common , if you’re going to throw a party and if you want users to stream their own collection of music it would be easier – wouldn’t it. As opposing to connecting the iPhone to your PC/Mac , using third party tools to play it. So I thought since PCs do support Bluetooth and its possible to configure PC’s Bluetooth stack as generally Bluetooth hardware supports it as long the stack does it. So I searched high and low for a stack (software) which allows me to turn my PC into a “bluetooth headphones” , so that iPhone sees it as headphones instead of a PC , thus allowing me to stream music wirelessly . Voila , I’ve found one which supports A2DP “Server Profile” which allows mobile phones that supports A2DP to stream music wirelessly to the PC. Unfortunately it works with Windows only and the software isn’t free. Anyhow , I’ve written a little tutorial on how to get it working all together.
Shall we get to business ? Okay , this what you’ll need :-

  • Windows XP/Vista or Windows 7 (Sorry it doesn’t work on MacOS X – Its because Apple doesn’t allow 3rd party folks to tamper with Apple’s Bluetooth support , making it impossible for folks to write a driver for it)
  • Bluetooth Adapter (Duh Obviously) (Preferably 2.0+EDR or 2.1+EDR)
  • Bluesoleil Bluetooth Stack Software (€ 19.95) (You may download Free version from here which allows you to transfer up to 2MB of data)

Just on a side note : This tutorial does work with other phones which supports A2DP profile as well. Its just that I’ve made it specially for the iPhone !
1. Install Bluesoleli (Before that make sure you’ve removed other Bluetooth software so that it doesn’t conflict with BlueSoleil) and then reboot your PC
2. After that , right click the Bluetooth option and then select Classic View. Hit Control + P or go to Bluetooth –> Preferences . You should see a window which is something like this :-

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Click on the picture to enlarge it so that you can get a clearer picture - | Just make sure you change your Device Type from Computer/Laptop to Headset

3. Change your Device Type to Headset and then hit OK
4. Next up click on the sun (aka the centre) and then right click on the headphones icon and click Properties and uncheck Use Secure Connection
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Make sure that you've unchecked Secure Connection. Secure Connection A2DP and iPhone doesn't go together and I don't know why

5. Next up , fire up your iPhone and turn on Bluetooth (Its located in Settings –> General –> Bluetooth ) and wait for a while till your iPhone sees your PC. Select your PC (by taping on its name). It would ask for a passcode. Simply enter 0000 or any passcode that you want it to use. After a while your PC will prompt you to enter the same passcode in order to pair with the device. Enter 0000 again (or any other passcode which you’ve selected earlier). If its paired you should see your iPhone in Bluetooth tool. Right click on it and select Get Services and Get Name. It would then update it with your iPhone’s name (i.e Mark’s iPhone)
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Bluetooth panel is located under General

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Just make sure that its connected and take note of the Bluetooth icon - it should be blue in colour instead of grey

6. After a while , you’ll get this prompt. Hit Yes and put a checkmark on ‘Always do this…’
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When IVT Bluetooth software prompts you for authorisation , simply hit yes to allow iPhone to stream music wirelessly to your PC

7. Fire up iPod/Music application in your iPhone and you should have something like this ! Hit play and voila enjoy.
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Voila - It sees my PC as a bluetoth headset and I am able to play music wirelessly !

Psst , I’ve made a video. Don’t blame me if its sucky as this is my first time. I am generally showing how it works – so that you can have a clearer picture !
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFjjGuOblGU
Anyhow , I hope it does work for you. I’ll be testing this program to see if its possible to use PC microphone to answer calls or not. It would be something great. Imagine while playing World of Warcraft and suddenly your phone rigs. You just have to hit answer and just use your headset to speak. It would be something great and I am pretty sure that its possible and gamers would like it !

38 thoughts to “Stream Music from your iPhone to your PC via Bluetooth”

  1. Damn!!!
    I’ve been looking for this for the last weeks. Thank you!!
    Tried it, and works just fine at home.
    My plan is to get it into my car.

  2. Hello,
    Thank you for the article. Is it possible to pair two bluetooth headsets, and stream music to both simultaneously?
    Thank you!

  3. C a s h :
    Damn!!!
    I’ve been looking for this for the last weeks. Thank you!!
    Tried it, and works just fine at home.
    My plan is to get it into my car.

    just buy a sony mex bt2500 2600 3500 3600 3700 they all have bluetooth enabled ,

  4. Ik krijg het allemaal aan de praat, zie ook dat er gestreamed wordt naar de pc. Er is sprake van data overdracht.
    Maar ik hoor helemaal niets? Geen geluid?
    Ik gebruik iPhone ism Samsung laptop op Windows 7.
    En ja, ik heb het volume aanstaan hoor.
    Help mij. Tips a.u.b.

  5. Oeps.. Sorry ended up in a translation from this site….
    I seem to get it all working fine.
    Data is streaming from iPhone to Samsung Windows 7 laptop.
    But there is no sound.
    Volume is turned on. Speakers are available.
    What is it that I can do more? Help me please.

  6. Just wanted to let you know that with firmware 3.1.3 , it officially allows us to stream audio from your iPhone/iPod Touch to your PC, without the need for your PC to ‘spoof’ being a headset.
    That being said, you can use the legitimately free (if using a broadcom based BT adaptor) widcomm software/bluetooth extensions that fully integrates into Windows Vista and Windows 7.
    Screenshots below:
    http://i44.tinypic.com/156tphf.png
    http://i39.tinypic.com/v7qfx3.png

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  8. Same problem like Harg (#10).
    Bluesoleil didn’t work. I can connect iphone and pc, (audio) data is received by the pc, but there is no sound.
    I tried it on 3 different PCs.
    System: WinXP an Iphone OS 3.01

  9. Thanks! Only my audio stutters. Seems to be reception issues (digital type stutter). Only it happens right next to the dongle. Could it be a buffer problem?

  10. The iphone is a quality phone, but I recently saw the HTC Incredible… and that phone IS incredible! My sister just bought it and I can barely comprehend how cool it is. And with so many apps available with open source, the options are not limited.

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