TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Tesla needs to give us more music options like Spotify

Discussion in 'Model 3: User Interface' started by Narekzo, Jul 30, 2018.

?

Are you satisfied w the current options for music/entertainment?

  1. Yes

    16 vote(s)
    9.9%
  2. No

    146 vote(s)
    90.1%
  1. Narekzo

    Narekzo Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2018
    Messages:
    47
    Location:
    Beverly Hills CA
    It's been about 2 weeks since I got my model 3 and ever since I find it sooo annoying that we dont get Spotify or other apps in our cars... Or cant they just toss in Android Auto or Apple CarPlay?

    We have these beautiful displays in our cars and we cant use em as much..

    Reasons why I hate the music service that Tesla's currently using is because it keeps bringing the same tracks over and over again and when you get tired of that and want to lookup an artist.. Then it plays one song from that artist and then starts to play some random tracks that no-one even listens to anymore........ Do y'all agree? Or have any suggestions how I can at least create my own playlists?
     
    • Like x 3
  2. KenF

    KenF Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2016
    Messages:
    137
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    I agree. At times, I have considered cancelling my order until Spotify (or CarPlay) is available.

    To me, being able to listen to MY music is a critical part of the driving experience. I have zero interest in listening to someone else’s curated music or similar music.
     
    • Like x 1
    • Love x 1
  3. Tiger

    Tiger Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2016
    Messages:
    987
    Location:
    Estonia
    This might be a stupid question, but why not use the AUX input? They should make it possible for users to install their own whateverf carplay plugin (as an option or smth, at users own cost).
     
    • Like x 1
    • Love x 1
  4. KenF

    KenF Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2016
    Messages:
    137
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    #4 KenF, Jul 30, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2018
    None of the car controls (screen or wheel) work to select playlists and skip to specific songs via AUX (Bluetooth). You have to look at your phone while driving.
     
    • Like x 1
    • Love x 1
  5. Chris350

    Chris350 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2017
    Messages:
    210
    Location:
    Jupiter, Fla
    The whole entertainment interface needs allot of work.... period.....

    It's very buggy when it comes to pausing.... losing place during playback when exiting car.... etc...

    Very much an issue when playing back podcasts.... Also, doesn't cache too much.... Major issue when LTE is sketchy....
     
    • Like x 1
    • Love x 1
  6. Knightshade

    Knightshade Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2017
    Messages:
    1,138
    Location:
    NC
    USB key.

    The interface is still pretty crappy compared to even older cars, but at least it's on the cars screen instead of your phone.

    Quality will be better than via BT as well (and vastly better than the 64kb/s slacker feed)
     
    • Love x 1
  7. Need

    Need Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2017
    Messages:
    1,022
    Location:
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    #7 Need, Jul 30, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2018
    It doesn't on Model 3? I connect Spotify thru my phone on the Model X and it display the Album cover and play, pause, next song button on the car's screen. But yeah, no playlist selection, but I don't really need to change playlist often... in fact I only have 1 playlist LOL.
     
    • Disagree x 1
    • Love x 1
  8. KenF

    KenF Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2016
    Messages:
    137
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    My understanding is that the M3 shows the current song just like the Model X.
     
  9. Need

    Need Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2017
    Messages:
    1,022
    Location:
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    And you have touch screen control right?
     
  10. roblab

    roblab Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,713
    Location:
    Angwin (Napa Valley) CA
    Well, my wifey and I organize tracks on our computers and load them on a thumb drive. Plug and play. I may be one who listens to "random tracks that no(-)one ever listens to anymore", since I imagine most people don't listen to what I do. And actually, I prefer silence, which is partly why I drive electric.

    Since I have never listened to "Spotify" or other public music, I have no complaints about the 3's music. I listen to what I like. Don't know why anyone can't.
     
  11. Thunder7ga

    Thunder7ga Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2018
    Messages:
    138
    Location:
    Johns Creek, GA
    So I am using Slacker and it is ok....no real issues, some of the collections are not as good as i'd like to see, but they're ok. I'd prefer to see more options, like Pandora or Spotify and of course SiriusXM app. I also listen to TuneIN, but exclusively for podcasts so far.
     
    • Love x 1
  12. rdlink

    rdlink Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2018
    Messages:
    355
    Location:
    Colorado
    Just give me CarPlay. That's all I ask.
     
    • Love x 3
    • Like x 2
  13. KenF

    KenF Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2016
    Messages:
    137
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    #13 KenF, Jul 30, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2018
    Yes. Same as the X as far as I know.
     
  14. Sandollars

    Sandollars I bleed Cardinal

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2018
    Messages:
    226
    Location:
    So Cal/So UT

    Same her on my Model S....
     
  15. sduck

    sduck Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2017
    Messages:
    77
    Location:
    Nashville TN
    What? There's no aux input. Should be, but there isn't.
     
    • Like x 1
  16. soulstar

    soulstar Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2018
    Messages:
    20
    Location:
    California
    I prefer using my USB stick mostly because I'm particular about my music. My gripe with that system is that there isn't much functionality. Everytime I leave the car and come back, it tries to play bluetooth media from my phone (which has none). I have to manually select USB, and a song everytime.

    Would also like to see if it can just play files chronologically added but that's a stretch to ask. At the minimum, shuffle and auto play would be nice.
     
  17. fr100

    fr100 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2017
    Messages:
    134
    Location:
    Northern CA
    It's perfectly fine for the free to $100/year they are charging. We'll see what they come up with once the exclusivity agreement with Slacker expires.
     
    • Love x 1
  18. ShockOnT

    ShockOnT ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2016
    Messages:
    2,193
    Location:
    Sydney
    In Australia the car uses Spotify.
    I don't even know what Slacker is, but I'm not an expert.
     
    • Love x 1
  19. rdlink

    rdlink Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2018
    Messages:
    355
    Location:
    Colorado
    No, it's not fine. It's a hot mess that is tone deaf to the realities of the app-based lives of the typical smartphone user in 2018. If they would allow CarPlay (and Android Auto) we could use our voice to control our phones, which we have already customized with our own apps that fit into our lifestyle. With CarPlay, my 2017 BMW, even with iDrive (don't get me started on that joke of a UI) is more user friendly than the Model 3.

    Honestly, the infotainment system in the Tesla is a real head scratcher for me. A company that claims to blow up the old model of car ownership is dragging us right back into the old model just as most owners of other brands are starting to get freedom from the historically poorly conceived, designed and implemented infotainment systems that car manufactures fumble to include and/or sell in their vehicles.

    With CarPlay and Android Auto people were finally able to break away from that, and have an experience designed by people who actually understand user-centric UI. But as it stands now the Tesla infotainment system is more like a mid-2000s Ford than the car of the future. Having to load and arrange data on a USB flash drive on a laptop/desktop ahead of time to rig up some semblance of utility? SMH.
     
    • Like x 2
    • Love x 2
  20. rdlink

    rdlink Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2018
    Messages:
    355
    Location:
    Colorado
    Love your avatar.
     
    • Like x 1
    • Love x 1

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC