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Hi all; can anyone please tell me: is there a way for me to hear music (mp3s from media card) via my Plantronics bluetooth earpiece on my Blackberry Curve?
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on the model of your Bluetooth headset.
You need one that supports the A2DP bluetooth profile.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, however the Blackberry Media Player does not support this as of OS 4.2 (Not sure about OS 4.5). If you download xPlayer, by ShapeServices, or mediaPlayer, by Dollars5, then this feature is supported. xPlayer is free (except for the streaming radio, that's extra) but mediaPlayer is not, however an older version of it is bundled in multiPlay Personal Edition which is free.
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OS 4.5 does support this as I have it installed on my curve and I use the plantronics voyager 855 headset and I'm able to listen to mp3's without any problems.
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Old 09-20-2008, 06:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, however the Blackberry Media Player does not support this as of OS 4.2 (Not sure about OS 4.5).
I'm not sure about this but this was what I got off the Wiki > Bluetooth profile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Check the last line. I haven't personally tried it before though. So
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I'm not sure about this but this was what I got off the Wiki > Bluetooth profile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Check the last line. I haven't personally tried it before though. So
Not sure what your getting at but playing audio through connected Bluetooth is indeed very possible. I've used several Bluetooth headsets (Jabra BT250, 2020, 5020, and Motorola H350) to play audio with my BB8320 or BB8800. I'm interested in hearing what the issue is as in this case there is none from my POV.

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I believe I found your confusion but correct me if I am wrong in my assertion. The media player installed in OS 4.2 does not support the audio path for Bluetooth, however the phone has that capability or else you wouldn't be able to use a Bluetooth headset for phone conversations. Thus a third party application is necessary to allow the use of this audio path, like xPlayer or mediaPlayer.
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Yes, however the Blackberry Media Player does not support this as of OS 4.2 (Not sure about OS 4.5). If you download xPlayer, by ShapeServices, or mediaPlayer, by Dollars5, then this feature is supported. xPlayer is free (except for the streaming radio, that's extra) but mediaPlayer is not, however an older version of it is bundled in multiPlay Personal Edition which is free.
The Curve shipped with OS 4.2.2, which supports A2DP.
There is no need to upgrade to anything if the user doesn't want to.
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The Curve shipped with OS 4.2.2, which supports A2DP.
There is no need to upgrade to anything if the user doesn't want to.
penguin3107: The OP asked is there a way, which in of itself would imply how you can do it if it is indeed possible. How I phrased it not only answers the preliminary question but also negates the need for the OP to then ask how. If you took the time to read my first and second post not only do I express that it can be done, I explain how it can be done, what is needed to get it done, and examples of device combinations for further proof of concept thus closing the question entirely unless, of course, the OP has further issues, complaints, etc. etc., so on and so forth.

All: Everyone seems to be stuck on the fact of whether the Curve is capable of this feature, once again I say Yes as I did in the first post. That was never an issue since we all agree to this fact yet twice it has been commented that I deny this fact. No. I simply point out after affirming that the Curve can indeed do this but that the media player application that comes installed and designed by RIM in OS 4.2.2 or earlier cannot perform this feat. However, as I aforementioned, if you utilize a third party application such as xPlayer or mediaPlayer (Made by Dollars5 and not to be confused with RIM's media player [notice the lack of a capital P and there is a space between the two words]) then yes this can be achieved.
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Ulukia, the OP asked how they can listen to MP3s from the media card via Bluetooth.
Quite simply, all Curves, out of the box, with OS 4.2.2 or higher, can do this natively.

I read your original reply, and it's wrong.
The Media Player in the original 4.2.2 OS is quite capable of playing MP3 audio to bluetooth headsets that support the A2DP profile. There's no need to upgrade the Media Player app, or install a third-party media player.
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that support the A2DP profile
This is the defining factor. His headset might not support A2DP which is the only method RIM's media player supports. In which case it is possible to still play music through the particular headset with the use of a third party application like xPlayer or mediaPlayer as I mentioned in my 1st post. Most headsets that were designed for hands-free communication do not support A2DP. This is a specialized addition ment for this purpose.

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A2DP was initially used in conjunction with an intermediate Bluetooth transceiver that connects to a standard output audio jack, encodes the incoming audio to a Bluetooth-friendly format, and sends the signal wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones that decode and play the audio
The operative word is headphones. Standard headsets, which include all the ones I listed in my 2nd post, do not normally have AD2P functionality. If they did then they wouldn't be headsets but rather headphones.
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I have the Plantronics 520 headset and the Insignia stereo headphones. I only get the option to send music to the headphones. My curve won't allow for music to be sent to the 520. I have the handsfree and headset service on the 520. I guess I also would like to know how to get music on my 520 headset.

My wife has a jawbone 2 and it also cannot accept music from the media player.

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I have the Plantronics 520 headset and the Insignia stereo headphones. I only get the option to send music to the headphones. My curve won't allow for music to be sent to the 520. I have the handsfree and headset service on the 520. I guess I also would like to know how to get music on my 520 headset.

My wife has a jawbone 2 and it also cannot accept music from the media player.
Both the Plantronics 520 and Aliph Jawbone 2 are headsets and need a third-party application like xPlayer, mediaPlayer, or BerryTunes (keep forgetting about it) to send music via bluetooth. For the Insignia headphones, you can use RIM's Media Player or the aforementioned third-party applications as it an A2DP device. If you need help, feel free to ask.
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I have everything working fine. My question was to the people that say it can do it just incase I had something set wrong. All is good here, thanks.
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Ulukia,
I have now installed xplayer. I can't get music to go through my 520. I have tried all of the options in the settings. I thought it should be set to either bluetooth or headset. Any ideas?

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edit: Works great with my headphones.

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I have now installed xplayer. I can't get music to go through my 520. I have tried all of the options in the settings. I thought it should be set to either bluetooth or headset. Any ideas?

Thanks,
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edit: Works great with my headphones.
It should be Menu > Settings > General > Bluetooth. I know the settings menu is hard to read, been nagging ShapeServices to change it. But as long as Plantronics 520 is the one connected to the Blackberry it should play audio. Are you using the latest which is 1.2.1? They just updated it last week.
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All I get is a couple beeps in the headset. I am running 1.2.1 and OS 4.5
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Hmm... OS 4.5 is new ground for me, I'm using 4.2.2.180 at the moment. I sent a message to Shape_Services to see if they can stop by and lend a hand.
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Np. Were here to help, if we can't then there is bound to be someone else here who can.
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All I get is a couple beeps in the headset. I am running 1.2.1 and OS 4.5
Hello, sorry for the delayed answer. Please try to select one after another Audio path in settings. If non of them work, I can assume that unfortunately your headset is not supported.

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