90% of Tesla owners rated the music playback options in their vehicles as “excellent” or “good.” With so many options for accessing and controlling music in your Tesla, it’s no wonder that these cars have become a hit with music lovers.
Whether you prefer to stream music from your favorite service or play tracks from a USB drive, Tesla has you covered.
In this article, we’ll explore the best ways to control music in your Tesla and help you get the most out of your driving experience.
- Get the Music Going: Various Ways to Play Music in Your Tesla
- Stream Your Favorite Tunes with These Music Services
- Music File Format Compatibility
- Navigating the Tesla Touchscreen
- Additional Features and Actions
- Rock Out with Spotify in Your Tesla
- What You Should Know / Relevant Tidbit
Get the Music Going: Various Ways to Play Music in Your Tesla
There are several ways to play music in your Tesla using various methods and devices. One way is to use the USB port or a USB drive to play audio files stored on the drive. You can also use streaming services such as Apple Music or Spotify to play music in your car. You can control the music using voice commands or the buttons on the car stereo.
- Use the USB port or a USB drive to play audio files stored on the drive
- Use streaming services such as Apple Music or Spotify to play music
- Control the music using voice commands or the buttons on the car stereo
Another option is to make phone calls through the car’s speakers, which can be done using the Tesla app or the car’s built-in media player. You can also use a Bluetooth stereo system or a mobile device connected via Bluetooth to play music in your Tesla.
- Make phone calls through the car’s speakers using the Tesla app or the built-in media player
- Use a Bluetooth stereo system or mobile device connected via Bluetooth to play music
Alternatively, you can use a USB stick or a USB-connected flash drive to play music stored on those devices.
- Use a USB stick or USB-connected flash drive to play music stored on those devices
To get the most out of your Tesla music system, try using a combination of streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music, a USB drive or device, and your mobile phone’s Bluetooth connectivity. You can also experiment with different output formats and use the car’s touchscreen to convert music files to a compatible format. Don’t forget to take advantage of the car’s steering wheel buttons and voice control features for easy access to your music while driving.
Stream Your Favorite Tunes with These Music Services
There are several music services that can be used with Tesla vehicles to stream music or play audio files. Some options include:
- Apple Music App: This music streaming service is available through the Apple Music app on a phone or other mobile device. It can be accessed through the Tesla app or played through a Bluetooth-connected device. Apple Music also has native support for playing on Tesla vehicles with premium connectivity.
- Apple Music Integration: In addition to being able to play Apple Music through a mobile device, newer Tesla models also have integration with the Apple Music app. This allows users to access their music library and playlists directly through the Tesla touchscreen.
- Apple Music Support: Apple Music is supported on Tesla vehicles, meaning that it can be played through the car’s audio system.
- Amazon Music: This music streaming service is available through the Amazon Music app on a phone or other mobile device. It can be accessed through the Tesla app or played through a Bluetooth-connected device.
- Spotify Premium Account: Spotify is a popular music streaming service that offers a premium account option. Tesla vehicles with premium connectivity can access a built-in Spotify app, allowing users to play music from their premium account directly through the car’s audio system.
- YouTube Music: This music streaming service is available through the YouTube Music app on a phone or other mobile device. It can be accessed through the Tesla app or played through a Bluetooth-connected device.
- Spotify Music: Spotify is a popular music streaming service that can be accessed through the Tesla app or played through a Bluetooth-connected device. Users without a premium account will be able to play music in shuffle mode.
Music File Format Compatibility
When playing music in your Tesla, it’s important to consider the file format of the audio files you want to play. Tesla vehicles support a range of file formats, including:
- Output Format: The output format refers to the format of the music file as it is played through the car’s speakers. Tesla vehicles support the playback of music in a variety of output formats, including MP3, WAV, and FLAC.
- Open Formats: Open formats are audio file formats that are not proprietary and can be played on a wide range of devices. Some examples of open formats supported by Tesla vehicles include OGG and WMA.
- Converted Music: If you have music files in a format that is not natively supported by Tesla vehicles, you can use the car’s touchscreen to convert the files to a compatible format. To do this, you can use the “Convert” button in the music player app to select the files you want to convert and choose the desired output format.
- Original Audio Quality: It’s worth mentioning that converting music files can sometimes result in a loss of quality in the audio. To preserve the original audio quality of your music, it’s best to use a file format that is natively supported by Tesla vehicles. This way, you can enjoy your music in the highest possible quality.
Pro Tip: How can you delete music favorites on your Tesla screen?
A way to delete favorites right from the screen. When your screen is up 3/4 from your radio (you have your favorites listed below) on your save radio station. If you press and hold you get a little “x” on each one and you can easily remove those.
Navigating the Tesla Touchscreen
The Tesla touchscreen is the central hub for controlling and accessing various features of your vehicle, including music playback. Here are some tips for navigating the touchscreen and using its buttons and actions:
- Left Scroll Button: Located on the left side of the touchscreen, the left scroll button allows you to scroll through menus and options on the screen.
- Top Right Corner: The top right corner of the touchscreen houses the “Home” button, which takes you back to the main menu when pressed.
- Home Button: The “Home” button, located in the top right corner of the touchscreen, takes you back to the main menu when pressed.
- Next Arrows: The “Next” arrows, located on the right side of the touchscreen, allow you to move forward or backward through menus and options.
- Convert Button: The “Convert” button, located in the music player app, allows you to select music files and convert them to a compatible format for playback in your Tesla.
By using these buttons and actions, you can easily navigate the Tesla touchscreen and access the features and functions you need while driving.
Additional Features and Actions
In addition to music playback and control, Tesla vehicles offer a wide range of features and actions that can enhance your driving experience. Here are some highlights:
- Music In Your Pocket: Using a USB drive or device to play music in your Tesla is also a great way to access your music collection on the go. Simply insert the drive into the car’s USB port and select the desired music from the touchscreen.
- Streaming Services: It’s worth mentioning that Tesla vehicles also support playback of music from streaming services like Pandora and SiriusXM (as mentioned).
- Save Specific Playlists: If you’re planning a long road trip or want to have a specific playlist ready for your next drive, you can use the Tesla mobile app or the car’s touchscreen to create and save playlists for future use.
- YouTube Video: If you’re having trouble figuring out how to use a specific feature or function in your Tesla, a quick search on YouTube may yield helpful video tutorials or tips.
- Next Song: To skip to the next song in your playlist, you can use the “Next” arrows on the touchscreen or the steering wheel buttons.
- Use of Bluetooth: Bluetooth connectivity is a convenient way to play music from your mobile device through the car’s speakers. Simply pair your device with the car and select the desired music from the touchscreen.
- Random Number: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can use the “Random” function on the Tesla touchscreen to shuffle through your music collection and play songs in random order.
- Alphabetical Order: If you have a large music collection, you can use the “Sort” function on the Tesla touchscreen to organize your songs and playlists in alphabetical order. This can make it easier to find specific tracks or artists.
- Previous Songs: To go back and listen to a previous song in your playlist, you can use the “Previous” button on the touchscreen or the steering wheel buttons.
- Costs of Spotify Premium: If you want to use the built-in Spotify app in your Tesla, you’ll need to have a Spotify Premium account. This is a paid subscription service that costs a monthly fee. However, it provides access to a wider range of features and options, including the ability to play specific songs and playlists on demand and enjoy ad-free listening.
Rock Out with Spotify in Your Tesla
Tesla vehicles come equipped with a built-in Spotify app that allows you to access your music and playlists while on the go. With a Spotify premium account, you can take advantage of additional features such as:
- Auto-Playing Music: With the auto-playing feature, your music will automatically start playing as soon as you get in your Tesla. You can customize the default settings to determine which playlist or songs will play and in what order.
- Playing Specific Songs or Playlists: In addition to the auto-playing feature, you can also use the built-in Spotify app to play specific songs or playlists on demand. Simply search for the song or playlist you want to hear and tap on it to start playing.
- Access to Apple Music Songs: If you have both a Spotify premium account and an Apple Music account, you can access and play your Apple Music songs through the Spotify app on your Tesla. Simply link your Apple Music account to your Spotify account and you’ll be able to access all of your Apple Music songs and playlists through the Spotify app.
- Free User Options: If you don’t have a Spotify premium account, you can still use the built-in Spotify app to access your music and playlists. However, you’ll be limited to shuffle play and will have to listen to ads between songs.
On a related note, check out this related article that I wrote dedicated to using Spotify in a Tesla called: maximizing your Spotify in a Tesla.
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