top of page
  • Writer's pictureCraig Whitaker

What is the Difference Between Bluetooth and Streaming Music

During a meeting with a client this week, a client wanted to stream music to his Bluetooth speakers. It quickly became apparent the client was using the terms “Bluetooth” and “Streaming Music” interchangeably. The difference between the 2 terms is significant. Bluetooth is the ability to transfer data such as music, photos, and documents from Bluetooth enabled devices such as your phone, I-Pad, or I-Phone to another Bluetooth enabled device. Streaming Music is the ability to listen to music from online music streaming such as Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc., without downloading the music. To stream music, the speaker or amplifier must be Wi-Fi enabled and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the music service app. The confusion is often created by the fact that Bluetooth speakers ARE NOT Wi-Fi enabled whereas many Wi-Fi streaming music devices are Bluetooth enabled. Bluetooth enabled means you can stream music that is already playing on your smart phone to a Bluetooth enabled device such as a Bluetooth speaker or amplifier. There are 2 important points to remember, Bluetooth technology is a single point to point technology which allows you to Bluetooth to only one speaker at a time and you can’t stream any music service directly to a Bluetooth speaker. For help in upgrading your older audio-video system, schedule a FREE consultation by calling 888-775-2673. Please visit our website @

96 views0 comments

Related Posts

See All

Can I Use AirPlay with My Sonos System?

Using Sonos and AirPlay, you can stream music directly from your iOS device—such as an iPhone, iPad, or Mac—to a Sonos-compatible device. Compatible Sonos devices are the Amp, Arc, Arc SL, Beam (Gen 1

What Sonos Soundbar is Right for Me?

When selecting the right Sonos soundbar, consider factors such as the size of your TV, the size of your room, the desired sound quality, and your budget. At the entry level, the Sonos Ray is designed

Introducing Sonos Headphones

A few weeks back, Sonos unveiled their latest addition to their lineup, the Ace headphones. Since their debut, our clients have been curious about various aspects of these headphones. Chief among thei


bottom of page