I'm wondering if it's possible to play music files on my desktop but send the audio not to my desktop speakers but (i.e. using BlueTooth) to my smartphone's speaker?

That way I could just play all my music on my desktop and walk around with my phone and headset in the house when doing all kinds of stuff. ( mostly cleaning =/ )

Additional info:

OS: Ubuntu and Windows 7
Phone: HTC Touch HD

  • I'm curious why nobody mentioned icecast? – LaLeX Mar 4 '11 at 22:27
  • I'm wondering how exactly this would apply to my question since i never heard about icecast and this is what the FAQ says: Icecast is a collection of programs and libraries for streaming audio over the Internet. Do you mean i should stream my music on their servers and use my phone to receive the music stream from their server? – Aerus Mar 5 '11 at 10:37

Only if your smartphone provided audio playback services (like a headset does), and as smartphones are devices that you connect headsets to, and not connect to other things as headsets I can't see any right minded smartphone manufacturer providing that facility. (It'd be only used by one person in a million, and not worth investing the time & money in implementing it).

  • One possible thought.... No one has written a jack endpoint for Android have they? – Majenko Mar 4 '11 at 15:47
  • Actually, some smartphones may be used as handsets for Skype, so functionality may be there. – AndrejaKo Mar 4 '11 at 17:04
  • Mine can - by installing Skype onto the phone. Propriatory (sp?) software. The only solution I could think of would be porting something like Jack to Android which, as far as I can tell, hasn't been done. The questor specifically mentioned using BlueTooth, so the answer would still be no ;) – Majenko Mar 4 '11 at 18:17
  • Please note that my HTC doesn't run Android but Windows Mobile. I also mentioned BlueTooth since i don't really know that much about data transfer from/to smartphones. But technically, isn't this possible: redirect audio stream using some data transfer to my phone, phone receives audio stream and plays it. (of course somebody would still have to implement this) I don't know much about codecs etc. (that's what i'm going to see this year in class) but i can figure there are some bottle-necks there too... – Aerus Mar 5 '11 at 10:29
  • Technically, yes it's possible. That's why I was wondering if Jack had been ported (Jack is a network audio protocol used mainly under Linux but is available for Windows etc - jackaudio.org ) [Sorry about the Android confusion - I have a HTC phone and it runs Android] – Majenko Mar 5 '11 at 10:40

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