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What are your preferred audio sources?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by mblakele, Sep 25, 2016.

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Which audio sources do you use most often?

  1. Bluetooth (phone or other paired device)

    25 vote(s)
    38.5%
  2. USB

    25 vote(s)
    38.5%
  3. AM radio

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  4. FM radio

    14 vote(s)
    21.5%
  5. Slacker

    26 vote(s)
    40.0%
  6. Spotify

    9 vote(s)
    13.8%
  7. TuneIn

    19 vote(s)
    29.2%
  8. Sweet EV silence

    3 vote(s)
    4.6%
  9. My passengers and I have a sing-along

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Satellite (Sirius/XM)

    12 vote(s)
    18.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mblakele

    mblakele radial cross member

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    We've seen discussion recently about v8.0 and USB functionality. Let's not rehash that problem here — please. But I'm curious to see who uses what. Choose up to three audio sources that you use on a regular basis.
     
  2. BertL

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    FYI, I know some folks use SiriusXM as well.
     
  3. cmorgan

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    Are Slacker and TuneIn high enough quality to match the quality of the Model S sound system? They sound good to me but I wasn't sure if the bitrates were being limited to reduce cellular traffic.
     
  4. psgabin

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    taking delivery next month cnn is available on tunein does anyone have a way to getting msnbc other than from my sirius subcription from iohone couldnt justify premuim sound/sirius for one station?
     
  5. mblakele

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    Thanks: I reported post #1 to ask for that change
     
  6. BertL

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    It's a bit off topic for this thread, but if not available via TuneIn, and you can access via your smartphone, you could use Bluetooth to listen via media Player. Control will remain on your smartphone for say pausing the play.

    BTW, congrats in advance on your future toy!
     
  7. psgabin

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    tesla browser wont bring up sirius com so have this gigantic screen and im squinting at my iphone:(
     
  8. Thomas Allen

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    Pandora. Slacker is a poor second to Pandora
     
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  9. dgpcolorado

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    I don't even know what some of those choices are, although people here talk about them all the time. I listen to ripped CDs, from my collection of hundreds, on my USB drive. On long trips I listen to audio books on my MP3 player using an FM broadcasting widget, since Tesla couldn't be bothered to include a 3.5 mm auxiliary input jack. I do not use my phone in the car while driving and do not have lit linked by bluetooth (and wouldn't want to use it for audio books anyway).
     
  10. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    USB drive for me. All the other choices are sub-optimal compared to lossless FLAC.
     
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  11. jdw

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    Tidal iPhone app delivers CD quality (1411 kbps) over 256+256 AAC Bluetooth either in streaming mode or you can download playlists and albums to your phone over WiFi when you're at home.

    I'm really enjoying Tidal - great quality and great playlists ... enjoying everything except the $19/month for the lossless HiFi option.

    FLAC over USB obviously is the best sounding choice, but CD quality Tidal over Bluetooth is very good.
     
  12. Boatguy

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    In declining order of preference:

    0) CarPlay!

    1a) My entire AIFF music library on a USB drive (or two). There are over 1,100 albums and 12,000 tracks and given the regression in the media player's treatment of USB Tesla can't support it. With playlists!

    1b) Assorted audio apps from my iPhone (e.g., Pandora, AudioBooks, Economist, NPR podcasts, etc.)

    2) My entire library on a single USB stick at 320KB AAC.
     
  13. JeffVanEpps

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    <-- old guy I only listen to the 3400 tracks I have on USB, which I've been listening to in one form or another for decades. Zero interest in any streaming services with the possible exception of MLB GameDay - but I can get that from the phone via Bluetooth on the rare occasions I want to.
     
  14. mtnbrit

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    How about another option of USB "sound card" mode for phones? So thats different to playing files off a USB drive, its like a live Aux audio connection, only over USB. When the phone is connected by USB to the car, the car audio system should show up on the phone as new place to send the audio, just like if you have it connected by bluetooth. I believe this may be the best quality option of all, given the lack of an analog aux jack, as its uncompressed. You would also get to control the phone's media player from the car, plus you get track info and cover art etc.
     

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