Streaming music observation

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I noticed today that my album art was missing while streaming music on my drive. Subsequently so was live traffic. Quick check of the top row on the screen and I have no cell service in the car.

I didn’t realize the album art was coming from a third party service even though the music is coming from my phone.

Also, upon getting service back still no album art until the next song so it would appear that it only checks once up front when a new song is played.

You learn something new everyday!

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You'd think Tesla would try to pull as much info off the phone as possible to save on data costs. Apparently they're not concerned with that at all. I'm curious how much Tesla is actually getting charged for data. Must be pretty small and flat rate.
 

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Here’s an observation: I think Tesla dropped the ball not having SiriusXM available. We have the all access so I can stream all my stations from the phone, but I’m used to being able to access those favorites from the car screen, not having to deal with the phone.

I admittedly am new to Slacker but so far it’s disappointing; not on the same level as Pandora imho.
 

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Here’s an observation: I think Tesla dropped the ball not having SiriusXM available. We have the all access so I can stream all my stations from the phone, but I’m used to being able to access those favorites from the car screen, not having to deal with the phone.

I admittedly am new to Slacker but so far it’s disappointing; not on the same level as Pandora imho.
That's interesting I was actually telling someone the other day how I don't miss SiriusXm at all after driving my model 3 for a little over a week. I'm still holding out hope that they'll add additional app support but for now I'm happy with the music selection between slacker and tunein. There are some really good edm stations that don't repeat songs constantly like the two edm stations on SiriusXm.
 

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That's interesting I was actually telling someone the other day how I don't miss SiriusXm at all after driving my model 3 for a little over a week. I'm still holding out hope that they'll add additional app support but for now I'm happy with the music selection between slacker and tunein. There are some really good edm stations that don't repeat songs constantly like the two edm stations on SiriusXm.
I switched away from SiriusXM on my previous car and never looked back. I’m already paying for Apple Music so it always felt excessive to pay for satellite radio on top of it.
 

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Here’s an observation: I think Tesla dropped the ball not having SiriusXM available. We have the all access so I can stream all my stations from the phone, but I’m used to being able to access those favorites from the car screen, not having to deal with the phone.

I admittedly am new to Slacker but so far it’s disappointing; not on the same level as Pandora imho.
If you pay for Slacker, I find it's pretty good. It's the free service that seems pretty limited.
 

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I switched away from SiriusXM on my previous car and never looked back. I’m already paying for Apple Music so it always felt excessive to pay for satellite radio on top of it.
So how is Apple Music working for you on the Model 3? Steering wheel controls do anything? Bluetooth streaming working right?
 

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Steering wheel controls are working for me on Google Play Music so I imagine it works for iTunes too.
 

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So how is Apple Music working for you on the Model 3? Steering wheel controls do anything? Bluetooth streaming working right?
Works perfectly...

Steering wheel controls do play, pause, next, back, and volume. Music plays over Bluetooth audio. Generally speaking I get in the car and start a playlist on shuffle and tuck my phone away on its Qi Pad.

“Hey Siri, play Favorites Mix on shuffle” or “Hey Siri, play Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers” works like a charm!
 

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Mixed bag for me.
+ Love that there are shows like Marketplace and channels like Sportscenter that I listen to every day.
+ Love getting far away radio stations in other cities
+ Voice control of songs (with a paid slacker account) work great
- Would prefer my playlists to be at the top of the Streaming page, not the bottom
+ FM HD station reception is nice

Still coming to terms with Slacker. My whole family shares a Spotify plan, and
+ Slacker has playlists
- Slacker doesn't let you edit playlists in the car
- Slacker still has that Pandora-like "here's some songs by other artists like that" mindset (mitigated by paid plan)
- Would prefer to use Spotify's more mature feature set (song queues, quick add to playlist while listening, share playlists)

My overriding feeling is that this is like your cellphone and taking pictures. For the most part we use our phones for taking pictures because a camera that is convenient is a better camera than one that takes the best pictures. Similarly, the player built into your car is better than the perfect player that isn't built in. That's why although I started using Spotify on my phone, I bought a Slacker subscription (ugh) and now have moved my playlists over to Slacker. But I'd prefer to use Spotify that was built into the car.
 

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Works perfectly...

Steering wheel controls do play, pause, next, back, and volume. Music plays over Bluetooth audio. Generally speaking I get in the car and start a playlist on shuffle and tuck my phone away on its Qi Pad.

“Hey Siri, play Favorites Mix on shuffle” or “Hey Siri, play Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers” works like a charm!
Can you navigate through your playlists using the M3 interface? Or do you have to do that with the phone?
 

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Can you navigate through your playlists using the M3 interface? Or do you have to do that with the phone?
That you have to do through the phone, but that’s also why I tuck the phone away. If I’m navigating through songs on the car’s UI or my phone I’m not watching the road. 99% of the time a playlist on shuffle is all I want and if there is a specific song I must hear I just use the Hey Siri command as it’s much safer.
 

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That you have to do through the phone, but that’s also why I tuck the phone away. If I’m navigating through songs on the car’s UI or my phone I’m not watching the road. 99% of the time a playlist on shuffle is all I want and if there is a specific song I must hear I just use the Hey Siri command as it’s much safer.
Bummer. My commute is practically in stoP and go traffic in the city (45 minutes and 12 miles) so navigating through the LCD display on the M3 is no issue for me. I’m sure compatibility with the iPhone music library is a simple fix through a firmware upgrade but perhaps their deal with Slacker prevents them from doing so? Or is there a licensing fee to do this? Does anyone know if the S or X has this functionality and it’s just a matter of time before it gets pushed to the 3?
 

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Bummer. My commute is practically in stoP and go traffic in the city (45 minutes and 12 miles) so navigating through the LCD display on the M3 is no issue for me. I’m sure compatibility with the iPhone music library is a simple fix through a firmware upgrade but perhaps their deal with Slacker prevents them from doing so? Or is there a licensing fee to do this? Does anyone know if the S or X has this functionality and it’s just a matter of time before it gets pushed to the 3?
I can confirm the S/X have the same functionality. I doubt we’ll see Apple Music through the interface on the 3, but I still don’t find it to be an issue at all how I’m currently utilizing it.
 

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Back to the OP, I assume that the car must have access to Gracenotes or similar database. I've read posts and seen a video or two where people say they just pull songs out of their iTunes library and load to a USB stick. But they've noted as well when playing they get album art etc. Gracenotes could even be loaded locally, but doubtful with the LTE connectivity and your observation of no artwork with no LTE.
 
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Is anyone having issues with connectivity for Slacker and TuneIn? During our inaugural drive the music was disrupted several times for a few seconds and at one point for about ten minutes (the only annoyance we experienced). Is this signal fed to the car by cell service or satellite? Seems that cell service could be disrupted in many locations while driving.
 
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Our phones are also AT&T (with horrible data service in our market), so we have the same dead spots - unless you are streaming that has already been downloaded to your phone.
 

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Our phones are also AT&T (with horrible data service in our market), so we have the same dead spots - unless you are streaming that has already been downloaded to your phone.
That's exactly what I do -- my favorite playlists from Apple Music are downloaded to my phone so I never have quality issues or interruptions in playback.