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Keep Apple Music via Bluetooth or Switch to Spotify?

ErikJupiter

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Sep 5, 2021
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I have an Apple Music account and download a lot of my music in the new lossless format. I'm currently listening to that via bluetooth. If I switched to Spotify to use the built in interface on my Model 3, how would the sound quality compare? I understand that the sound quality from my phone is not fully reproduced via bluetooth. I wonder if the bitrate of the transfer by bluetooth exceeds the bitrate for Spotify via the Tesla interface to the extent that one could hear a difference in a car.
 

jjrandorin

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Nov 28, 2018
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I have an Apple Music account and download a lot of my music in the new lossless format. I'm currently listening to that via bluetooth. If I switched to Spotify to use the built in interface on my Model 3, how would the sound quality compare? I understand that the sound quality from my phone is not fully reproduced via bluetooth. I wonder if the bitrate of the transfer by bluetooth exceeds the bitrate for Spotify via the Tesla interface to the extent that one could hear a difference in a car.

Bluetooth from your phone will sound better than the in car streaming, even comparing spotify streamed bluetooth from your phone to spotify through the car interface.

I am not a "car audiophile" but am almost positive the bitrate through the car is lower than the bitrate streaming from your phone, as tesla limits it.

Whether you would hear a difference or not is up to your ears, but the bitrate is lower so dont sign up to spotify for that. Its a "its good enough and convenient" thing, certainly not "it sounds better" relating bluetooth streaming to streaming directly through the cars interface.
 

Jejunjm

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Mar 26, 2021
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Bluetooth from your phone will sound better than the in car streaming, even comparing spotify streamed bluetooth from your phone to spotify through the car interface.

I am not a "car audiophile" but am almost positive the bitrate through the car is lower than the bitrate streaming from your phone, as tesla limits it.

Whether you would hear a difference or not is up to your ears, but the bitrate is lower so dont sign up to spotify for that. Its a "its good enough and convenient" thing, certainly not "it sounds better" relating bluetooth streaming to streaming directly through the cars interface.
Agree. I'd much prefer to use Spotify through native interface but it sounds meh. Bt isn't much better - but it is.
 
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jjrandorin

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Its funny actually, because I care very little about car audio (or music in general), as it relates to sound quality, bit rate, etc. I am, however, a "home theater" enthusiast, so I care very very much about my in home audio as it relates to movie watching / video games... just not music.

I have a 7.6.2 dolby atmos home theater system (with the .6 atmos speakers being in ceiling speakers), and watching a movie at my house sounds better than all but the most high end theaters.... but when I listen to music itself at home I dont even bother with setting it up for 2 channel, and really dont care at all what music sounds like in my car.

I use spotify through the car interface because its convenient, and because I dont care that bluetooth streaming sounds better.

My friends dont understand how I could care so much about home audio, and so little about music audio unless it relates to "music inside of a movie" lmao.
 

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