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Is there a way to get the in-line microphone and remote controller on headphones to work on Windows?

I've got Koss iSpark designed to work with iPhone, but also other smartphones. It has in-line microphone and also push-to-talk button with ability to accept/decline calls and pause/play/next/previous song. Since I use it on my laptop a lot I was wondering if it can be used as a microphone (e.g. for Skype calls) and as a media controller (common practice for keyboards).

I assume some kind of driver would probably be required, at least for the media control part. Yet I haven't found anything useful so far and despite this question being asked before in several situations there was no conclusive answer.

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Since this is using them in a way they aren't designed, this may or may not work.

The headphones you are using have more connections on the plug than the standard headphone jack on your computer can handle. Most computers have separate headphone and microphone jacks. So, in order to use them, you would need an adapter like the one below.

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Product recommendations are off topic here, so you will have to search for 3.5mm Mic Stereo Audio Y Splitter 1 Female to 2 Male Adapter Cable.

As far as drivers, Windows 7 will likely just recognize it as a generic microphone and headphone. Koss does not provide drivers.

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Thanks for the answer, I will try that out. But as for the media control - is there any way to achieve that? I have a keyboard with keys to control media players (it works with iTunes for instance), would it be possible to associate those actions with the button on the headphones? – SysGen Jun 15 '13 at 8:42
I seriously doubt it. That keyboard likely has software or drivers specific to connecting to a PC and performing those functions. Again, you are trying to use these headphones in a way they were not intended, so you may not get all the features you desire. – CharlieRB Jun 17 '13 at 11:07
I've finally tested it and can confirm that it's working! Bought myself that cable and both speakers and microphone on my headphones now work with my laptop. Thanks a lot for an advice. Too bad there's no chance to get the remote control to work, but I guess it was a long shot. – SysGen Jan 3 '14 at 17:10
now my computer supports the 3 ring jack. Can I ge the remote to work somehow? – nimsson Aug 14 '14 at 20:05
@nimsson You need to ask your own question rather than ask it in a comment of an answer to another question. – CharlieRB Aug 15 '14 at 11:11

Upgrade to Windows 10. Apple's new BootCamp drivers (win-10 version) supports headphones volume control in full. At least on my MBP 15" retina and my wife' Air 13"

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