Scosche TuneStream review: Scosche TuneStream

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0

The Good The Scosche TuneStream adds simple stereo-Bluetooth audio streaming to recent generations of the iPod and the first-generation iPhone.

The Bad The Scosche TuneStream places added battery strain on your iPod, doesn't work with the iPhone 3G or products requiring Bluetooth passkeys, can't remember previously paired devices, and has a few playback quirks.

The Bottom Line The Scosche TuneStream does what it says, but it requires a surprising amount of patience, given its high price.

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Editors' note: With the addition of stereo Bluetooth capabilities in Apple's latest iPhone 3.0 operating system (also available for the second-generation iPod Touch), we've revised this review and increased the rating to reflect the product's narrower purpose of bringing Bluetooth to the iPod Nano, iPod Classic, and first-generation iPod Touch.

Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch include tons of desirable features, but they can't stream music over Bluetooth. To address this shortcoming, the folks at Scosche created TuneStream, a $79 stereo A2DP Bluetooth transmitter that plugs directly into the dock port of your iPod or first-generation iPhone.

For better or worse, there's not much to the TuneStream--no buttons, no switches, and no battery to change or charge. What you get is a 1.7-inch tall by 0.7-inch wide rectangle of black plastic, measuring a slim 6.5mm thick, with an iPod dock connection on the top edge and a blue LED set into the front. The TuneStream is as light as a penny, and its plastic construction shows no obvious signs of durability issues.

Scosche correctly advertises the TuneStream as compatible with the iPod Touch, iPod Classic, and iPod Nano (third generation). We found the TuneStream also cooperates with the first-generation iPhone and fourth-generation iPod Nano; however, we couldn't get it to work with the iPhone 3G, or older iPod models, such as the fifth-generation Video iPod.

After successfully using the TuneStream to wirelessly pair our iPod Touch with a set of Bluetooth headphones, we uncovered a few idiosyncrasies. For instance, plugging the TuneStream into the iPod's dock connection immediately resets the volume to 50 percent and triggers the iPod to start playing music (some may consider this a feature, but we found it annoying). Also, while connecting the TuneStream to a second-generation iPod Touch or first-generation iPhone, we found that music playback is initially routed through the iPod's internal speaker. Eventually, we remedied the problem by unplugging and replugging the adapter several times, but it's an awkward workaround.

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Scosche TuneStream

Part Number: TZ4 Released: Jul 1, 2008
Low Price: $48.99 See all prices

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  • Release date Jul 1, 2008
  • CE Product Type Bluetooth wireless audio transmitter