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If you’d like to play your portable audio player through your Windows 7 PC speakers (without unplugging them from the back of the PC), you can use a standard 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable. This way you can play your songs through your PC. I realize this tip isn’t for everyone but it’s useful for me as getting to the back of my PC isn’t that easy.

Set Your Line in to Play to Your Speakers

To play your audio player through your speakers:

  1. Connect your audio player to your PC with a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable (“earphone” jacks at both ends.) The cable should go from your headphone jack on your portable audio player to the microphone jack on your PC.
  2. Click the Start button, type sound, and click Sound.
  3. Click the Recording tab and double click on your line in (usually Microphone, FrontMic, or something similar.)
  4. Click the Listen tab, check Listen to this device and select Default Playback Device under Playback through this device.
  5. Click OK and enjoy your music without unplugging your speakers every time.

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5 thoughts on “Play Your iPod, Zune etc. MP3 Players through Your PC Speakers [Quick Tip]”

  1. Ulises Bolivar says:


  2. Kyle G. says:

    I just had this same exact problem with a customer, only she also wanted to use her speakers while her desktop computer was turned off. One of the easiest solutions was to buy a single female to double male “Y” 3.5mm splitter and a 3 foot 3.5mm male to female extension.
    3 easy steps:
    1. Unplug speakers from soundcard and plug into female end of “Y” splitter.
    2. Plug one end of the “Y” splitter back into your soundcard.
    3. Plug the other end of the “Y” splitter to the extenstion cable and the other end of the extension cable into your ipod, zune, 256meg dollar store mp3 player…etc.

    “Y” Splitters and headphone extension cables are available at the dollar stores here in New England. As a plus they also have RCA to 3.5mm cables that allow you to hook up your ipod, zune, blackberry (in my case) to your home stereo or TV via the aux inputs available on most.
    Kyle G.

  3. devsfarnum says:

    The music comes out of my speakers, but the quality keeps constantly changing every other second. Hell, it’ll sometimes sound like it was underwater.

  4. Ian Fergus says:

    It works great, but I got scratchy mic feedback. My mic port on my computer might be dusty, but I solved it by turning down the Microphone to 0 in the Levels tab of the Microphone Properties. It didn’t solve it 100%, but it made it loads easier on the ears.

  5. Ian Fergus says:

    You can also go in the Advanced tab to change the audio quality which is nice.

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