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Cellular and Slacker Connectivity Question

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by acreerl, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. acreerl

    acreerl New Member

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    Ok, so my wife and I are planning to order in the near future (Model S 60), but we just realized that XM requires the high fidelity audio package and the pano roof. As neither of these options interested me in the first place, I'm not willing to shell out an extra $4K just for satellite radio.

    How is Slacker as a replacement to XM? Does it cache music so that if you lose cellular connectivity it will continue to play? If so, how long does that last?

    I've also seen that the car comes with 3G service for 4 years, but I've also seen a thread about an LTE upgrade. Is this now standard on new models or is it still a custom upgrade at a service center?

    Thanks!
     
  2. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    LTE is now standard on all cars.

    Can you get the XM app for your phone and then use that via Bluetooth in the car?
     
  3. msnow

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    Although I think there is some caching that goes on with Slacker it seems to be just the current song. The sound quality of Slacker is better than XM. Less compression as I understand it. If you are not interested in the pano roof and the upgraded sound system I agree $4k is too much to pay if all you want is XM. Also, if you lose satellite signal you'll lose XM too.
     
  4. acreerl

    acreerl New Member

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    I can, but if my phone loses service, I lose XM. I'm just concerned about having music on road trips where we go through areas without cell service. I was really hoping that there was significant caching on Slacker.
     
  5. msnow

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    FLAC on USB would work in that circumstance.
     
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  6. HankLloydRight

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    I don't think there's much caching on Slacker.

    I know it's kludgy, but you can always use a handheld SXM receiver and a bluetooth transmitter. Another option is to load up your music collection on a USB drive, and use that in the cellular dead zones.

    Or pay the $4k upgrade. :(
     
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    +1 to using XM on your phone option if you don't want the pano roof and enhanced sound system. My brother does this and it works fine.
     
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    If you don't know or care what FLAC is, copying music to a USB key in almost any format will work. You can get a low profile USB key that is so tiny you don't even know it's there, and will hold thousands of songs. The car media player will sort by song, album, or artist.
     
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  9. FlatSix911

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    Slacker radio is excellent ... you won't miss XM.
     
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  10. acreerl

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    Thank you all for the responses. I have no doubt that XM will not be missed while I have cell service. It's not non-cell service areas that concern me.
     
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    I thought I wouldn't miss Sirius/XM but I really did so I bought a Sirius/XM Stiletto 2 handheld receiver on Ebay with a lifetime subscription (since both can no longer be bought) shortly after I got my car 2.5 years ago. I also bought the car kit but with the aluminium/glass roof it became a challenge to mount the antenna. I have the pano roof and I ended up putting a screw in the roof rack holder slot that works great to hold the antenna. It only takes me a minute to set it up in the car and I only use it when I drive to my cabin and back - which is most weekends - or on other road trips. I also bought the house kit for it and I mounted an antenna outside my cabin. I'm listening to it now. It's one of the best purchases I have made.
     
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