How to turn up the good and turn down the suck with Nexus 4 audio?
October 16, 2013 11:13 AM Subscribe
I used to have an iPhone. You could listen to music with it. You could plug it into my basic USB car stereo and it would play music. I now have a Google Nexus 4. It will play for about 30 minutes, and then stop. If I'm lucky, it might deign to play a few songs in the car. I must be doing something wrong, right?
posted by scruss to technology (12 answers total)
For headphone listening, I'm using the standard (? "Play Music") app. I've added about a gigabyte of MP3s, arranged neatly by artist and album in the phone's /Music folder. It will play for about half an hour, then stop; I have to hit play again. It won't play long albums through.
(I'm using Sennheiser HD-419s. They're a little quiet, but for some reason the Nexus 4 won't emit any sound through my Fiio preamp.)
The car has a basic USB unit; a Kenwood KDC-MP345U
(no Bluetooth). It does one of two things:
- Flash "READING" forever on the screen.
- Flash "READING" for a minute or so, then start playing the first folder. I can navigate clumsily with the Band key on the head unit. It will often stop after a few tracks with "NA FILE", then refuse to start going again until everything's power-cycled and re-attached.
As I'm not working right now, I'd like to fix this with as little financial outlay as possible. Also, I'm in Canada, so there are no streaming services here. Am I using the wrong music app? Is plain USB audio just flat-out bloody awful? Is Android audio not its strong point?