Muse supports the vast majority of car stereo systems by taking advantage of multiple interfaces. Your best option will depend on what is supported by your car.
Here's a video to help you decide which output to use. For more getting started videos, see the Getting Started Guide.
If you prefer to read instead, below is a description of the various options, in the order of best experience with Muse.
Using Bluetooth Streaming
Many modern cars have Bluetooth streaming (also known as A2DP), which is different from hands-free calling. This option works well with Muse because you can enjoy audio from the car stereo system without wires. If your car supports Bluetooth remote control (AVRCP), you will be able to skip tracks and see visual feedback on the in-car screen (head unit).
How to check if your car supports Bluetooth Streaming
If you can pair your phone to your car and play music through the car stereo system, you have A2DP. If you see the currently playing song on the car screen (head-unit) or skip tracks using steering wheel or dashboard controls, then you also have AVRCP.
Using Car Bluetooth
Select the iPhone/Android system settings app and choose Bluetooth. Make sure you are connected to the car stereo Bluetooth - it may be the name of your car manufacturer, MyCar, UConnect, etc. Also make sure you are not connected Muse as the Bluetooth audio device.
On iOS, if you see "Muse" and an (i) next to it then select it to disconnect. That option is for Aux playback.
Once you've confirmed car Bluetooth is paired, return the Muse app and selected Bluetooth from the "How do you play music in your car ..." screen. Follow the instructions in the app to test and complete the setup. Remember to choose Bluetooth as your audio source in the car stereo system.
Using Car USB for iPhones
Many current and older cars support playing iPhone/iPod music through USB. This works great with Muse because you can charge the phone while playing high quality audio through your car stereo system. In addition, many cars also support in-car display for Now Playing information and steering wheel or dashboard controls for next and previous track, etc.
How to check if your car supports USB Playback
Connect your iPhone to the car USB slot using a lightning cable. Select USB or iPod as an audio source in the car stereo system. Proceed to next steps to verify.
Using the USB Playback
Open the Muse app and selected USB from the "How do you play music in your car ..." screen. Follow the instructions in the app to test and complete the setup. Remember to choose USB as your audio source in the car stereo system. Some cars have inherent issues with USB detection - you may need to disconnect and reconnect the USB cable for your car to detect it.
A note on Android Auto through USB
Muse support Android Auto over USB is coming soon. For now, you can still connect Muse to Android Auto USB and you can get audio from car stereo system. However, you won't get the full Android Auto experience. To use this early access feature, just choose "None" from the audio screen and connect the USB after the Muse app setup is complete.
Using AUX + Hands-free Calling
If your car does not support Bluetooth or USB, and you have an Aux, Line-In or RCA input in your car, then you can use the Muse Device for playback. Aux performance is slower than Bluetooth and USB, but it has the advantage of hands-free calling through the car stereo system.
How to check if your car supports AUX input
Check an audio jack in your car. It might say Aux, Line In or Input (example). If you see red and white input slots like this one then you have RCA input and you'll need to get an female Aux to RCA cable.
Using AUX for audio output
Connect the Muse device to power using the provided USB charger. You will see a purple light when it is powered on. Next, use the iPhone/Android system settings app to pair with the Muse device.
On iOS, select the Bluetooth device that shows "Muse" and an (i) icon next to it. You can ignore the other Muse entry - if any.
Follow the instructions in the Muse app to test and complete the setup.
If your car doesn't have Bluetooth streaming, USB or AUX, you can still use Muse in the following ways:
- Simply use the Phone Speaker. Select the Phone Speaker option from the audio selection screen.
- If you have a cassette player, you can get a cassette player adapter and female-to-female aux adapter. Once you have the devices, follow the steps for Aux setup.
- You can use an FM transmitter to connect the Aux through car radio.
For other audio options, please see the Audio Options Guide.
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