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Not Mad For Thumb Drive /iPod Classic Music. Got A Better Way


Oct 16, 2018
The limitations of using USB devices to listen to music in the Model 3 seem odd to me, and if they fix it, fine.
But In the meantime, I've found a better way.

I've already got a PLEX server running, and besides TV and Movies, it'll serve up everything I've got in iTunes.

I open the PLEX iOS app, select plugins > itunes > playlists, pick one, and hit shuffle.

The car plays my music via bluetooth, stops when I get out, picks up where we left off when I get back in.

Setting up the server to work over the internet does require some fussing with the router, but it's worth it!

Going on a 1400 mile trip soon, it'll be a good test of this system.


Well-Known Member
Jul 31, 2017
Main downsides are:

BT quality is much worse than lossless files from USB

Only works when you have cell signal (and eats your phones data when it does)

FWIW v9 added shuffle to USB playback if that's what you were missing

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