QUESTION: No FM radio, USB, or streaming from phone?

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This can’t be true, can it? It was reported today after the “Texas Delivery” video that there will be no streaming of music via Bluetooth, no AM/FM radio, and no USB (flash drive) streaming capability. Say it ain’t so, Joe ( or Elon).
 

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This can’t be true, can it? It was reported today after the “Texas Delivery” video that there will be no streaming of music via Bluetooth, no AM/FM radio, and no USB (flash drive) streaming capability. Say it ain’t so, Joe ( or Elon).
Not sure who the reporter in question is, but they're most definitely wrong. See for yourself as PTFI plugs a USB stick into his Model 3 and starts browsing his music library.

Non-streaming FM radio is currently unavailable, but you can stream FM stations from around the world via TuneIn (assuming you're not in an LTE deadzone). Since FM is mentioned in the car's spec sheet, I fully expect that it will become available via software update -- same for Bluetooth music.

Non-streaming AM radio was discontinued on the Model X, so it makes sense that it will not be available on the Model 3 as well. (EV drivetrains often cause interference with AM signals, so many EV-only car platforms do not even bother AM radio.) I imagine you'll be able to stream some AM stations via TuneIn, though.

I can see now why Tesla is trying so hard to keep the Model 3's unfinished UI and software under wraps. From what you've described, it sounds like there are already poorly-researched news pieces and blog posts circulating that do not accurate reflect the Model 3's current capabilities, not to mention what its capabilities will be a mere month from now.
 
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Not sure who the reporter in question is, but they're most definitely wrong. See for yourself as PTFI plugs a USB stick into his Model 3 and starts browsing his music library.

Non-streaming FM radio is currently unavailable, but you can stream FM stations from around the world via TuneIn (assuming you're not in an LTE deadzone). Since FM is mentioned in the car's spec sheet, I fully expect that it will become available via software update -- same for Bluetooth music. The touchscreen UI that we currently see is far from finished.

Non-streaming AM radio was discontinued on the Model X, so it makes sense that it will not be available on the Model 3 as well. (EV drivetrains often cause interference with AM signals, so many EV-only car platforms do not even bother AM radio.) I imagine you'll be able to stream some AM stations, though.
Great news. I couldn’t care less about AM but I would have a tough time adjusting to not being able to stream from my music library on my phone.
 

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Great news. I couldn’t care less about AM but I would have a tough time adjusting to not being able to stream from my music library on my phone.
Agreed! Imagine having a car with four USB ports and no media-device support... I can think of no better definition for the word "oversight"! :eek:
 

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No am fm radio capability sounds like a deal killer ..

What the hell...every car has fm am radio ...

This has to be wrong..
 

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No am fm radio capability sounds like a deal killer ..

What the hell...every car has fm am radio ...

This has to be wrong..
the UI is not complete. everyone needs to sit back a moment and realize what the first few owners are seeing is a beta version of the software and many features are not yet fully functioning.
 

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Good...I'm not a techie and don't know how to stream radio on my smart phone. I like am radio to hear traffic reports and I like the news on AM radio when driving sometimes....sometimes I like fm radio for music as well...

If the salesman wants to show me how to stream radio stations off my phone into the car I'd be willing to try...

But I really do expect an am fm radio in a car...

There are a lot of us who are not as phone Savy as the young people today...

Sad but true..


Thanks Melinda
 

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I was thrilled to see the detailed videos leak on Friday, but I also immediately know that the fake news media were going to immediately spin it and capitalize on beta issues. This is why Tesla has kept everything under wraps, why magazines and reviewers (and NA car of the year) have not been provided test vehicles. We already knew there would be no AM radio, but it does say FM right on the sticker. These will probably fixed in a month before it gets into public customers' hands, and of course more and more features will get added over the life of the car.
 

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Good...I'm not a techie and don't know how to stream radio on my smart phone. I like am radio to hear traffic reports and I like the news on AM radio when driving sometimes....sometimes I like fm radio for music as well...

If the salesman wants to show me how to stream radio stations off my phone into the car I'd be willing to try...

But I really do expect an am fm radio in a car...

There are a lot of us who are not as phone Savy as the young people today...

Sad but true..


Thanks Melinda
You don't have to stream off the phone. The car handles the streaming and uses its own data connection. You don't have to know anything but to tap the icon of the station you want to listen to :)
 

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You guys knew there would be no AM radio?

Maybe I'm the only a,erican left but in this part of the country we depend on AM radio for the news stations and traffic reports ...

I hope the phones can be made to play AM radio with an app connected to the cars speakers or something

Wow do I feel old...lol...hitting an icon on the screen works for me...
 

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There actually is an issue here with the demise of AM radio. Many highway systems use short range AM radio to notify drivers of traffic conditions. I don't know if there is any way to access this except with an actual AM receiver. I would think this is an obsolescent technology that probably is superseded with (probably better) traffic reporting on the Model 3 screen (not to mention apps like Waze).
 

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If you wanted to hear my local traffic in Portland you could. I think I would like to listen to traffic reports for maybe Maui
We do this kind of thing all the time on our Sonos, which also uses TuneIn (I think). Which brings me to...

PRO TIP for an awesomely nerdy New Years Eve party: every hour, stream a different TuneIn station from whatever time zone is currently between 11pm and midnight. Count down the minutes and seconds to midnight, raise a glass, toast, rinse and repeat! (Caveat: some European stations seem to favor uninterrupted techno in lieu of a countdown, well-wishes from a pumped-up DJ, or any kind of acknowledgement whatsoever that the year has changed over.)

BONUS PRO TIP: when you find yourself struggling to find stations over the Atlantic ocean, turn your attention south.... waaaay south.... all those research scientists in Antarctica are celebrating too!
 

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Also +1 to the mods for changing the title of this thread for the sake of clarity. :)
 

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Don’t worry here the Earth is still flat... err... round.

Don’t judge anything you see on the car that is “controlled by software” until customer deliveries begin in a few weeeks.
 
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Lack of AM radio, while sounding like an archaic feature, would be a near deal breaker for me. My local baseball team broadcasts exclusively on an AM station and I listen to games whenever I'm driving.
 

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Lack of AM radio, while sounding like an archaic feature, would be a near deal breaker for me. My local baseball team broadcasts exclusively on an AM station and I listen to games whenever I'm driving.
What's the station?