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I have installed an Alpine CDE-171RM dashboard on my car. Since it features an usb port, I was wondering if I could just plug a bluetooth usb dongle, or something similar, to have bluetooth audio streaming.

Is it possible? My common sense would say no, since Alpine sells a bluetooth enabled dashboard identical to mine for 100$ more.

However, who knows? :)

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My first inclination would be yes. Easiest way to find out is to find another person you know with one and try it out. If the Dongle is made to just pass audio, then why not? Worth a shot. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jan 29 '14 at 19:54
I think it would depend on the dongle - the dashboard is probably designed to only read from a USB mass storage device, so if you could get a dongle that pretended to be one, it might work. As Paulster2 says, the easiest way is to try it! – Nick C Jan 30 '14 at 11:19
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I wouldn't count on it. As Nick C said, you'd need one that acts like a USB storage device, which means that you'd have to specifically buy one. Regular bluetooth adapters simply act as a bluetooth antenna, and don't have the bluetooth software stack loaded onto their internal circuits. But you do get fancier ones, which cost more. Alternatively, you could have a bluetooth system installed on the Auxiliary port of the unit, but then you might as well just go trade it for the bluetooth-enabled model. It will work out much cheaper that way.

Get one of these things and just load all your songs on there.

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Otherwise, if that's not an option, get a quote for someone to install an SPDIF cable so that you can plug it straight into your phone/device.enter image description here

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Not an option, sadly. I use Spotify for my music! Anyway, thanks! I feared it wouldn't be so easy... – Duccio Shinichi Mondanelli Jan 31 '14 at 8:36
I updated my answer. – Juann Strauss Jan 31 '14 at 8:45
I ended up using a cable, as suggested. Thank you very much! – Duccio Shinichi Mondanelli Apr 30 '14 at 13:07
my pleasure, man. – Juann Strauss Apr 30 '14 at 13:36

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