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Listen to music on iPhone 1.1.4 with a Bluetooth headset iOS devices
Prior to the iPhone software version 1.1.4, you could listen to the iPod audio over a Bluetooth headset if you did the trick of switching to the voicemail screen and selecting the headset for audio. This still works, but you can't leave this screen and you can't sleep the phone, or the headset audio is disabled.

What I found was that you can get the old functionality back by doing the following:
  1. Start the iPod audio.
  2. Go to the voicemail screen and enable the headset audio.
  3. Double tap the home button to bring up the iPod controller.
  4. Press "iPod", which will take you to the iPod app.
  5. Double tap the home button again, which will take you to the speed dial screen.
The headset audio will now be on, and you can also go to other apps or sleep the phone and it will continue. If you go back to the voicemail screen and move away from it normally, the headset audio will stop. In fact, you have to do this step to turn it off (I think a call ending will cancel it too). This is important as I think it leaves the headset audio link active even if you pause the iPod audio, which will drain the batteries.

If you leave the Bluetooth audio selected in the voicemail screen, you won't have to select that every time. The headset audio will activate as soon as you go into the voicemail screen. It may sound like a bother, but it's not too bad once your fingers get used to the sequence. Obviously, you have to have your home button double-tap setting set to go to the phone favorites, and enable the iPod controlls.

Of course, you wouldn't and can't listen this way for a long time, but this is useful for listening to podcasts in the car. I wear the headset anyway, and my drive is only 15-20 minutes each way, so one charge gets me through the day. Also I don't need my podcasts in stereo.

It seems the "bug" that allows this is the phone screen turns off headset audio if you leave the voicemail screen. However, when returning to the phone app via the home button shortcut, it re-enables the audio because it thinks it is going back to the voicemail screen, but gets redirected to the speed dial screen in a way that bypasses turning off the headset audio.
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Listen to music on iPhone 1.1.4 with a Bluetooth headset
Authored by: formula99 on Jun 13, '08 02:31:58PM

Just tried this and like it, only the audio comes out of the speaker along with the bluetooth. Is that right?

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Listen to music on iPhone 1.1.4 with a Bluetooth headset
Authored by: u2mr2os2 on Jun 14, '08 12:23:29PM

Yeah, the audio comes out the speaker too. That's fine in the car perhaps, but can be annoying elsewhere, or at least get strange looks in the grocery store. At least if it isn't too noisy, you can turn the volume down to where others don't hear it much, especially if you have the phone in a pocket.

For now, this is taking the place of my annoying old FM transmitter in the car. I can't bring myself to pay $80+ for one that is iphone compatible. I might just get the cheaper aux in kit for my car.

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Still working on 2.1
Authored by: u2mr2os2 on Nov 02, '08 07:43:35AM

At least on my original 1G iPhone. Not a bug they are in a hurry to fix it seems, which is fine with me.

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Authored by: u2mr2os2 on Nov 02, '08 07:51:13AM
Between steps 4 and 5, note that the audio will not come through the Bluetooth headset. If the volume is low, you might not hear the audio during this time and think the audio has stopped playing, but it probably hasn't.

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