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Play mp3 player through computer speakers

by gorillaboze / February 13, 2008 5:25 AM PST

I am doing some research on buying my 1st mp3 player and have narrowed the search down to (1) Sansa e260, iRiver Clix2, or the Zune. I want to be able to listen to it at my desk, but didn't know if I would need to buy a speaker dock, or if I could listen to music through my computer speakers.

Probably a dumb question....but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere.

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The solution
by ctiberg / February 26, 2008 5:41 PM PST

The solution is a simple cable, that you should be able to get for $5 or less. Ask for a cable with male 3.5mm (1/8") plugs at both ends. Connect one end to the MP3, and the other to the line in on your computer. Now the sound comes from the computer speakers, and you don't need the headphones Happy

An alternative solution is to mount the MP3 player as a disk drive, if it is capable of doing that. Then you can use your media player of choice and just browse to your MP3 player. No need for a cable.

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Follow on question ... how to play the input?
by xprime / February 29, 2008 4:44 AM PST
In reply to: The solution


I'm not the original poster, but I thought this would be a great solution to my own attempt to play my MP3 player through my laptop's speakers. I acquired the cable and hooked everything up. Then I tried to play, but couldn't. I was able to record the input with Windows Sound Recorder, then play it back, but that's not what I want to do. Is there a way to stream the audio from the microphone to the speaker? I'm on Windows XP pro on an IBM Thinkpad laptop. Do I need any additional software?

Thanks a lot for your original reply,

Mike Davis

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