I tried some of those cheap FM-transmitters to allow me to play music from my Android in my non-bluetooth enabled car stereo, and no suprises, you get what you pay for. The major problem was the fact that when you get into your car, you have to find your phone, connect it and hit play etc. TuneLink Auto automatically connects to your phone via bluetooth, wherever it is in the car, and then the TuneLink app on the phone starts the music player once connected. So there’s nothing for you to do, but just turn on your ignition and go. It works pretty well, but I had a problem where I didn’t want to use the standard music player on my phone anymore, instead I wanted to use Meridian due to its capability to browse folders (not all my music has ID3 tags that are accurate). In order to make TuneLink activate Meridian to play, it sends the Android headset command (AVRPC), and you have to enable a setting in Meridian to register for receipt of this command. Steps:
- Open Meridian
- Press Menu, then Preferences
- Go to Music and check the Headset Buttons option.
Now TuneLink will trigger Meridian to play automatically.