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premium connectivity expired quirk

garth_angst

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Mar 30, 2019
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125
long island
I lost my premium a few months back. Don't need it now as very little driving, but when I do go out, I am on wifi, so I pick a Spotify playlist. I It starts playing and I drive away. I am well past my wifi, but it plays until the end of the song before I get the message that I have to pay from premium. I guess maybe it polls after each song?
Well, today I tried something different. Before the song ended, I hit hit left scroll wheel to go to the next song and it did. I did this for 5 songs before I reached my destination. It even went to the next song on it's own, then I got out of the car.
At first It thought maybe Telsa is giving everyone a free week around Thanksgiving (haha). I got back in my car after my shopping and had the message about premium.
So, I can understand the one song until it ends, but I do not know why I got all those today just by hitting the next button.
Anyone else experience this?
 

pianomankd

Member
Sep 10, 2020
33
25
Massachusetts
If it's playing the songs and you're not at your house it's because it download at home when on your Wifi. It doesn't play because your wifi drops.

If you have an iPhone you can use your phone's tether as wifi if you'd like and just have that on when you drive if you don't want to pay for premium connect. You can fake the car out to think your phone is a wifi hub.

If this is confusing feel free to PM me and I can walk you through it.
 

garth_angst

Member
Mar 30, 2019
339
125
long island
If it's playing the songs and you're not at your house it's because it download at home when on your Wifi. It doesn't play because your wifi drops.

If you have an iPhone you can use your phone's tether as wifi if you'd like and just have that on when you drive if you don't want to pay for premium connect. You can fake the car out to think your phone is a wifi hub.

If this is confusing feel free to PM me and I can walk you through it.

I know how to tether, but what you say doesn't sound right. Spotify is a streaming service, not a download service. Like I said, I can understand why the first songs plays as it started on wifi, but why was I able to get 5 songs?
And what did you mean "it doesn't play because your wifi drops?"
Based on my observation (which is wrong), I can start Spotify at home and then continue the free streaming until I turn off my car. Maybe I am the only one that this happens to. I was hoping someone else would write with their experience. I should have changed the subject of the post to "does this happen to anyone?" or something like this.
 

garth_angst

Member
Mar 30, 2019
339
125
long island
I know how to tether, but what you say doesn't sound right. Spotify is a streaming service, not a download service. Like I said, I can understand why the first songs plays as it started on wifi, but why was I able to get 5 songs?
And what did you mean "it doesn't play because your wifi drops?"
Based on my observation (which is wrong), I can start Spotify at home and then continue the free streaming until I turn off my car. Maybe I am the only one that this happens to. I was hoping someone else would write with their experience. I should have changed the subject of the post to "does this happen to anyone?" or something like this.

I have made a much longer trip now and Spotify is still playing until I exit my car. I wonder if I can drive for hours with this kind of experience. I'd like to know if I am lucky, or this is how it happens to others.
 

JulienW

Active Member
Jul 7, 2018
2,565
2,794
Atlanta
Thread is misnamed. You didn't lose Premium Sound since that is the hardware included with the AWD and Performance. You lost Premium Connectivity.
 

steveb944

Member
Jul 25, 2019
17
7
South Florida
I just tested on mine a couple times (latest holiday update), as soon as it's out of range from the wifi it says premium connectivity required. Note this was streaming as I don't have Spotify.

Consider yourself lucky.
 
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