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Music at startup (USB)

Discussion in 'Model 3: User Interface' started by DaveHarper, Aug 24, 2018.

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  1. DaveHarper

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    I've only had my Model 3 for a couple of weeks now and I'm still trying to get it configured. One problem I'm having that I can't seem to find mentioned in the manual is how to configure the media player to startup and continue playing where it left off. Right now, every time I get in the car, the media player is off and I have to go through a number of screens to get back to my playlist and start things up. I've searched around the forums and see a number of issues regarding the Media Player but didn't find anything about an "always on" option.

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    Up, it's annoying. It doesn't support that right now
     
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    The USB audio system is seriously borked in its current manifestation. No, there's no way to get it to remember where it was and restart there, unless your lucky. My experience is that it works maybe once in every 5 starts. And that's just one of the many issues with it. Hopefully they'll completely redo it in one of their updates. Send feedback on this via the Ask A Question form in your account page.
     
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    No matter my audio source, neither car remembers it when I return. It’s maddening.
     
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    I've never been able to get mine perfect. Even a 12 yr old gave up. Good luck.
     
  6. DaveHarper

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    Thanks for the replies. I had really hoped that I had simply missed something obvious. It seems to me that when the car (any car) starts up, it should be exactly the same as when it was shut down for that particular driver profile. When it comes to the amenities that make the driving experience worthwhile, I hate to say it, but my 12 year old Prius runs circles around my brand new Model 3. If Tesla doesn't have the time or resources to address something like this, why not open source it? I suspect (at this point) the average Tesla owner probably has some level of technical expertise and could provide valuable contributions (I myself am a retired EE with a fair amount of software experience). Obviously, there are some areas, such as auto pilot, that Tesla would want to retain full control over but other things, such as the Media Player, Tesla could reduce their effort simply by acting as coordinator rather than developer. My two cents.
     
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    Well, aren't I lucky! I took delivery 2 weeks ago and I've never had a problem with my music starting up from when I got out and then later when I get back in. That includes what's streaming on my phone (Spotify) or any other source. AND...I never configured anything...which leads me to believe maybe you need to reboot your system. It works for me so it should work for any M3. Good luck!
     
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    Seriously!? Maybe there's hope yet. I'll keep plugging away on it and thanks for the input.

    Ft. Lauderdale, huh? I grew up there (many, many years ago) in north Lauderdale, just south of Wilton Manors.
     
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    It has changed. Very urban...but that's cool. FLL is no longer a little beach town. We live just off Las Olas near the beach. Yeah, don't give up on the audio. I forget what happened but something wasn't working and I rebooted the system and voila, it fixed the problem!
     
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    Let us know details of your USB flash drive and what kinds of file you're using. And do make sure you've really tested this - no one else has reported this success with USB audio resuming correctly every time. Most of us are getting one out of every 5 times success maybe.
     
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    slacker works great for me in general and specifically re resuming where I left off. usb not so much. I like the audio player software far more than many posters on this site and would be completely satisfied if they'd just add shuffle mode for usb.
     
  12. DaveHarper

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    I had a chance to try a reboot this afternoon (I had not done that previously) and, it worked! Once. I took the M3 out stopping and parking every few minutes, then coming back and starting up again. Each time there was no music when I started the car. However, each time I rebooted (full reboot with the break pedal) and each time the USB music picked up again right where it had left off previously. Funny thing is that I found I can do a full reboot in less time that it would take to go through a number of screens to get back to where I was in the playlist, assuming I could even remember. Pretty lame solution but... it is a solution.
     
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    Stupid question - but I plugged in my USB and use it for Dash Cam recording - but from the Music menu button, how do I find the USB source. I only see options for radio, stream, tune in , and other (which does not show any usb).

    Thx
     
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    Music has to be on a different partition.
     
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    Or a different thumb drive....

    And then it will show up on the display as USB with the devil's fork icon.
     
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    Just for reference, the music USB stick operation (or random lack thereof) and as noted in above, has not changed since they released the Model S back in 2012 and 2013. We’ve been griping about this to Tesla since the beginning. It’s really quite a let down and can’t fathom why they don’t see it as an issue, or haven’t resolved it by now.
     
  17. DaveHarper

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    Agreed. For me, music in the background while I'm driving is probably more important than it is for many others. I like to listen to my albums with the songs in order as (especially on live albums) one song often flows into the next. The media player sorts songs alphabetically based on the song title in the metadata of an MP3 file. This means that if an artist has the same song on multiple albums I get to listen to the same song several times before advancing to the next one. Thankfully, I finally had some time to address the problem this past week and ended up writing a Python script that edits all my MP3 files and prepends an incrementing number ahead of the song title so that the songs now play in the order I want. However, that still doesn't address the fact that most of the time the media player doesn't even start up. In my research leading up to this I found numerous posts from people frustrated with the media player implementation. That Tesla fails to address this while at the same time introducing features that seem frivolous shows an appalling disregard for their customers.
     
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    Stinky (farts) priorities?
     
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    Dave the other thing you can do - as quick simple solution to albums and soundtracks staying together - is to group key albums on the USB stick within folders. The Tesla system is smart enough to read the folders and maintain music integrity within the folders. So you can group as... /Artist 1 Album 1/ and /Artist 1 Album 2... etc etc. Of course name the folders as you desire, and they will show up in the folders section of the media app. It works okay for a small amount of your favorite artists and songs so as not to overwhelm quick scrolling and selection.
     
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    Great thread. I was trying to figure out media folders since the owners manual is seriously lacking. I'll reparation my drive and try again.
     

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