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Will the CoolStream Duo work in my car?

Will the Duo work in your car? Probably not, and here is why.

We have tested the Duo in countless cars that come with a factory installed 30-pin iPod cable. In general, the Duo is NOT a good Bluetooth solution for most cars and does NOT work in most cars using the iPod cable that came with the car.

Why NOT?

The Duo was designed to retrofit 30-pin iPod docking stations, and that is where it really shines.  It does not have the capability to communicate with most car stereos’ media interface when using the iPod cable.

A CoolStream Duo being placed on a standard apple 30-pin iPhone connector on a Bose Docking Station.
The CoolStream Duo upgrades your dock with Bluetooth.

It does work with a small group of generally older vehicles when using the factory-installed iPod cable.  To date, we have identified 51 cars.  That’s it.  Please review our compatibility list before you buy a Duo for your car.  When you think about all the years, and all makes, and all models of cars, 51 is a minimal selection.

If your car has an AUX port, then you can use the Duo.  We include the 3.5 mm aux cable shown here.  The Duo will need to be periodically recharged or connected to an iPod charging cable to maintain power.

Duo attached to Aux port via 3.5 mm dual tipped cable
The Duo connected to Aux-port using battery power.
The Duo connected to the stereo using Aux cable and charging using USB to 30-pin iPod cable.
Read more about the Duo and your AUX port.

But I have a cable!

So which CoolStream product will work best with your car’s iPod cable?  It depends on the car.

If you have a: Mercedes (2005-2011), BMW, Mini, Volkswagen, Audi (3G, NOT 2G) with the factory-installed iPod cable, the CoolStream CarPro will work for you.  Simple as that.

Lexus RX350 work with CarPro
CoolStream CarPro for music streaming in Audi,Mercedes,VW,BMW,Mini.

If you have a different car make than those shown above, such as Land Rover, Honda, Jeep, Infiniti, etc.. that came equipped with an iPod cable from the factory, you have a much better chance of compatibility with the CoolStream CarPro.

The CarPro, with its sophisticated software, communicates with AMI MMI and AMI car media interface iPod cables.

Please check this list for your vehicle before you buy a CarPro.

CarPro Compatibility With Other Cars


The CarPro will NOT work with aftermarket cables such as Alpine DCA-9884, Alpine KCE-433iV, Denison Gateway, Griffin AutoPilot, iSimple Gateway, Pioneer AVIC F700BT, Sony WXGT 77U1, USA-SPEC PA15-HON2Y, USA Spec PA15-NIS, USA-Spec PA15-TOY.

If you are not sure which product will work for you, give us a call. (603)421-6515, or send us an email at Contact-us@CoolStreamRocks.com.  We are happy to help to get you streaming music in your car.





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