1. Ago5tino's Avatar
    Hi,

    I'm looking for a way to put an AirPlay setup in my car. I have a Bluetooth enabled stereo, but I want a way to enable passengers to hook up their phones without pairing them up.

    The stereo is default, built in, so there's no option to replace it. Inside the centre arm rest I have a spare in car power source, alongside a 3.5mm audio connector.

    I could just plug a cable in there, and let whoever wants to use it just plug the cable in their phones and go from there, but I'd prefer to get an AirPlay enabled box hidden in the armrest if possible. With the power source, and a USB port, I could power a box no problem.

    I've heard of Air enabler, but I can't easily source that here in the uk. I've tried a neet Airstream, which claims to work in cars, but the connection was very ropey, with regular audio dropouts.

    Ideally I'm hunting for a simple plug n play setup. I've hunted around but not found anything that fits the bill.

    Any suggestions welcome.
    03-17-2016 07:27 PM
  2. jamielampert's Avatar
    You can buy AirPlay ready aftermarket radios for your car

    Find what fits your car - Crutchfield

    Also CarPlay works over Bluetooth along with some working with direct connection through an apple lightening cable. Your option is to replace your radio if your car does not support CarPlay
    03-17-2016 08:16 PM
  3. Sherry_B's Avatar
    The stereo is default, built in, so there's no option to replace it.
    You can buy AirPlay ready aftermarket radios for your car
    Ago said it's not an option.
    03-18-2016 01:13 AM
  4. jamielampert's Avatar
    Ago said it's not an option.
    I have never heard of a car that does not have the ability to have an aftermarket radio installed
    03-18-2016 01:24 AM
  5. Sherry_B's Avatar
    I have never heard of a car that does not have the ability to have an aftermarket radio installed

    Doesn't really matter. The OP obviously does not wish to purchase another radio and then pay to have it professionally installed, or perhaps they do not have the time to do it themselves.

    Someone will eventually chime in with suggestions to answer their question or help them better the connection.
    03-18-2016 01:33 AM
  6. Ago5tino's Avatar
    I've attached a photo of the car stereo as it currently is. Cant see any simple way to change this for an aftermarket option.

    AirPlay in car-img_0579.jpg
    03-18-2016 09:45 AM
  7. jamielampert's Avatar
    I've attached a photo of the car stereo as it currently is. Cant see any simple way to change this for an aftermarket option.

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    What kind of car do you have? Crutchfield.com will be able to tell you if it is possible to change out your radio. My car has a similar dash and they make a kit that makes it possible to replace it. Other than that on Amazon they make a Bluetooth adapter that plugs into your aux port that allows you to stream your music without wires. I have not heard of anything that will allow CarPlay with out it either being factory installed or an aftermarket radio.
    03-18-2016 10:07 AM
  8. Ago5tino's Avatar
    It's a ford focus. I'll check Crutchfield out, thanks for the tip.

    In the meantime, I think I may have found a basic workaround, I will test it out later and mention if it works. Basically, there are a lot of apps on the Google Play Store that make Android devices into Airplay receivers. My theory is to install such an app on an old Android device, and stick that inside the centre armrest. By plugging the handset into the aux port, it should stream music from any iDevice via AirPlay to the stereo, plus there is a power supply in car for the Android handset, to prevent battery running down.

    Given that Android devices are so common and cheap, it should prove to be a cost effective solution until I can sort out a proper way of doing this. I know for some Android is not an option, I'm just happy to put available technology to use to suit my needs. Can easily pick up a basic device for 20-50, even better if it is a model with replaceable battery.

    In the meantime, we need someone with the tech smarts to introduce a Chromecast-like Airplay dongle. Would make life so much easier. Can't be just me who would appreciate AirPlay functionality in car?
    03-18-2016 10:58 AM
  9. jamielampert's Avatar
    What year is it
    03-18-2016 11:00 AM
  10. Sherry_B's Avatar
    I've attached a photo of the car stereo as it currently is. Cant see any simple way to change this for an aftermarket option.

    It can be done. You'd just pay an arm and a leg for it.
    03-18-2016 11:02 AM
  11. jamielampert's Avatar
    It can be done. You'd just pay an arm and a leg for it.
    That is not entirely true. Why are you being so negative? I did my truck and it was about 600 bucks installed. You just need to know where to buy the proper parts
    03-18-2016 11:05 AM
  12. jamielampert's Avatar
    This link is just an example on how to remove the current radio and install a new one. All you need it a wire harness, possible steering wheel control module , and the proper dash mount kit. Like I said before you can contact crutchfield on the phone. They are very helpful. They can answer all the questions about specific parts you might need.


    http://how-to-gps.blogspot.com/2011/...l-car-gps.html
    03-18-2016 11:14 AM
  13. Sherry_B's Avatar
    That is not entirely true. Why are you being so negative? I did my truck and it was about 600 bucks installed. You just need to know where to buy the proper parts

    Because my x-husband did electronic repair for a living at a car stereo shop, where their main point of business was installation. It can be quite expensive.
    03-18-2016 11:36 AM

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