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Calendar is nice... but how long until we get basic playlist access?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by DBG, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. DBG

    DBG Member

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    The calendar is okay, found it amusing at first but now bugs me every time I get back into my other vehicles when I still (after almost a year now) cannot access or control my playlists the way I can on ALL my other (older) vehicles, and from different manufacturers, some touch display, some not. When I hear "cool fixes" by people adding random strings to files on USB sticks in order to get a randomize function ... I am reminded of early PC user group definitions of "cool"... I love driving my Model S, but every time I look for my missing center console or want to play music (I haven't had to preplan) or want to hang up a jacket or cannot access a few simple web pages (admittedly just a few, but my security cameras and some business snapshot pages are important at times and they show up quickly on my iPhone and Galaxy Tab...)... i wonder a bit about design priorities.
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I have no idea why the calendar took precedence over fixing music, as music is used far more often. I guess it's like the cross country route through South Dakota--Elon wanted it.
     
  3. Argelius

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    Yeah...I'm inclined to agree. Seems like iPod integration (bringing with it playlist support and randomize) would be a simple programming task since it's not like they are having to reinvent the wheel.
     
  4. steve841

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    Tesla should have put out a timeline of sorts for their major updates along with a basic goal for each ... I too am disappointed they haven't done a major refresh of the music and media section

    For example ... .and example only...

    6.0 Nav and Calendar
    6.1 Music and Media updates
    6.2 Diagnostics menus
    6.3 Interface update
     
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    I think that sums up most of the "why did xx feature get done before yy?" questions.
     
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    I like the calendar function, though what would be really nice is if it were smart enough to realize that phone numbers were phone numbers and allow you to dial with one tap.
     
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    #7 SeminoleFSU, Sep 19, 2014
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    I'm also pretty surprised how this calendar stuff (which was probably much more complex to do than bringing basic functions to the music player) made it in over other things that are being almost universally requested. I haven't seen one thread where anyone asked for a calendar, however the "please add shuffle" is everywhere...

    I personally don't use the media player in the car much, I use my phone over bluetooth. But if I did, I would be clamoring for those improvements too... I put a bunch of flac and high bitrate MP3's on a USB stick just to try it out and wasn't very pleased with the usability of the player UI, so I decided to go back to bluetooth streaming.

    Being a 6'2" 275lb guy, the main thing I'd like to see is an option for an exit function where the steering wheel collapses out of your way when you put it in park (like most cars with a motorized steering wheel)

    This car is already hard enough to get in and out of, and having to create a separate "EXIT" profile just to make it easier to get in and out without scraping the steering wheel or rubbing against the corner of the B pillar is pretty lame.

    This would/should be a really easy thing to add, just like shuffle.

    Easy things to add (particularly if they're being clamored for like the music player improvements) should be given a higher priority IMO- they're called low hanging fruit or quick wins... and you want to take advantage of those because they're easy and have a big impact on customer satisfaction. A much bigger impact and bang for your buck than something hard to implement and not being highly requested...
     
  8. SlyWombat

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    As a Windows Phone user I dont even get to use the Calendar function, so when the times I have no cell coverage (and no slacker) it would be nice to use my music on the usb, that is near unusable with the way the player works.
     
  9. SeminoleFSU

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    Get yourself a nice microUSB card and load it with music and stream through bluetooth- that's what I do in bad coverage areas... much better UI (on my phone) and the stereo just isn't nice enough for me to hear the difference over bluetooth vs direct connection... Especially with high bit rate mp3's. And I have a very good ear from being a musician and working with various music tools like Pro Tools, Studio One, Sound Forge, etc
     
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    This absolutely cracks me up!!! You have been around here since 2010 and you want Tesla to put out a timeline???!!! Why?? When have they ever held to any kind of timeline prediction?
     
  11. steve841

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    Yeah ... believe me, like Elon's timelines ..... we can hope! Although we will never see. One can dream.
     
  12. SeminoleFSU

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    My development teams are held accountable to timelines. Even timelines that we had no say or input over... haha
     
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    Seriously. I'm driving a crappy entry-level Honda CR-V while mine is in the shop, and as soon as I plugged my phone into the USB port, I had complete Album/Artist/Playlist/Song control complete with my album art on the screen.
     
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    It really is very basic functionality. Given the Linux base OS it seems like it would be just a matter of leveraging existing code and integrating it into the UI. No rocket science involved.
     
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    Agree with OP. Calendar means nothing to me. I have one in iPhone already. The question remains: why isn't Tesla bringing Music up to par with cars that cost one quarter of Model S price?
     
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    Agree with the slow pace of incorporating more robust functionality.

    It sucks when you show off your incredibly high-tech car only to have someone ask, "such high tech and it can't tell you the tire pressures..."

    Come on Tesla, get the basics right! :)
     
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    I have to say, regardless of what they added or didn't, it still is nice that i've gotten 3 updates in 5 months of ownership. I assuming the things I want will turn up eventually and perhaps someday the missing stuff I really miss will be there. I'd have taken USB shuffle over all the updates I got with 6.0, but each one (except the air suspension one since I don't have that) is a nice FREE addition to an already great car.
     
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    Hell, a CR-V is practically a luxury vehicle compared to the rental car I got the other day. I had a fine Kia Rio, a $13k car... fantastic USB iPhone and Android integration. Plugged it in and was instantly up and running.

    We can't have that, but hey, I can look at my calendar!

    I really hope the calendar integration came because it was a low-hanging fruit, not because it was prioritized over some of the other things everyone has been clamoring for.
     
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    I suspect the calendar was done because it's really just an extension of all of the navigation work the development team did, and not because it was some super high priority item.
     
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    The most logical explanation would be that they're working on CarPlay integration and don't want to waste time on an interim technology.
     

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