Using a Bluetooth Speaker with your Computer

How-to get iTunes, and other applications on your computer to work with a Bluetooth Speaker.

Steve Smith talks you through the process and information you need to know to connect your Bluetooth speaker to your computer, and use it with any application.

Episode #6-22 released on February 14, 2016

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I've had a few conversations about this, and a few viewers have issues with this, so I decided I was going to deal with this by explaining a few things, before we talk about how. The issue, iTunes and Bluetooth speakers. While, I have previously said you cannot sync your iPhone, iPod or iPad with iTunes, technically, you can actually use a Bluetooth speaker with it, provided you have the right gear.

First thing you need, besides a computer, is a Bluetooth dongle, or an integrated Bluetooth antenna. Keep in mind that the version of your Bluetooth of your antenna or dongle directly affects what hardware you can connect to it. This is something seldom mentioned about Bluetooth, and that is some features of each version, are not backwards compatible, like Bluetooth 4.0 LE allows for 100-foot range, in theory, but most Bluetooth devices only work at distances up to 30 feet, because they are Bluetooth 4.0, or less.

The next thing you need is either a Bluetooth Speaker, I'll be using a Sony SRS-X33, mainly because I got it as a ten-year gift from my job, and it's easier to use what I have on hand. You can, also, get a Bluetooth speaker adapter for your sound system, keep in mind, the speakers can't be more than 30 feet, away from your Bluetooth antenna, or dongle.

The next step is something most of us are used to, if you have a Bluetooth ear piece, you have to pair your speaker to your computer. Once this is done, you can now do the ultimate thing that makes all software, including iTunes, work with your Bluetooth by using the default speaker trick. Go to your toolbar, right click the speaker icon, select playback devices, select the speaker, and click set default. That is basically it. If an application does not use default speaker, but allows you to choose which speaker you use, you can select it from the list, too.

Hope this clears up any issues for all of you, have a great day.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

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