Anyone load music into the car?

Just wondering how it's done. I noticed that it doesn't read any BiDi or international character sets. Is it a fast process or do you just plug your iPhone in and you select what music you want.

Haven't had a chance to try it out yet so seeing what people are saying.

I think that's Punch List item #35. It hasn't been implemented yet.

I just have my music on a very small 64GB USB stick that I always leave plugged into one of the USB ports in the car. Works great.

They still need some work on playback modes like shuffling and playlists but it's great that you don't have to rely on built in storage space for this.

Oh weird, you can't load music into the car yet? I've been meaning to ask about that too. Maybe when the WiFi is enabled, you'll be able to sync the car with your PC, though loading off of a USB drive makes sense too.

I have a whole bumch of CDs I need to get into there somehow lol.

gimp_dad | DECEMBER 16, 2012

What format is your music files?

AAC. Might also have a few that are MP3 but I don't think so.

I have successfully loaded and played the following format's via USB thumb drive and the USB port in the Model S:

MP3 (128k)
MP3 (64k)

For the video format's above, it just plays the audio, think music video as one example, but would love to have the video play on the screen as well eventually. Would be great if it had AirPlay to allow for video based Podcasts to be enjoyed on the top and/or bottom half of the 17" screen. When stopped, of course... :)

@BYT, when you say you have "loaded" these formats, do you mean you were able to remove the thumb drive? I.e., were they loaded onto the internal hard drive?

@DouglasR, Sorry, loaded into the thumb drive and played via the USB ports sorry I wasn't clear, it was clear in my head when I typed it... :)

Not to say other formats wouldn't also work, those are only what I have tried.

Is there some secret to getting a USB drive to be recognized? Does it require the 4.0 software update? I have tried several USB thumb drives with music files loaded on them, and they never even show up in the Media App.

@mkh1437 - I use a 128 GB USB memory stick. Files are organized into directories by Artist/Album/Song. Song files are in .flac and .mp3 formats. Files get read off of the USB when I access it under USB1. Files appear to play off of the USB - if I remove the USB device, the songs are not there, so I don't believe a local copy is made. Aretist & Album are contained in tags within the music files.

Playlists (.m3u) are not recognized.

Worked fine from delivery on 27Nov. Firmware was prior to 4.0. Since then I received 4.0 upgrade and only difference is that now I can browse by the directory structure.

I think video is verboten. It's not a technical issue.

It still works, kinda! :)

@mkh1437, Make sure you format the USB Thumb drive to a Linux friendly disk format like NTFS. FAT32 would be worse case as it's limited to 4GB partition sizes, but again, to test? If it still doesn't work, reset your screens on the Model S and see if that helps?

Make sure files are in the top level for your test and are valid MP3 format or AAC for the initial test.

Good Luck!

The issues w/ video is that the DOT forbids it on the front dash. At least that's what I've been told many times. I'm sure there's a hack coming.

Restriction should be only for no video on the front dash WHILE the vehicle is in motion. [Does the rear camera qualify as video???]

Toyota/Lexus takes this restriction even further - and disables most of their user interface while the car is in motion - such as entering names or addresses by typing - only voice command is allowed for many operations while the car is moving.

BYT: A couple of things -

- NTFS is not particularly Linux Friendly.
- FAT 32 partitions are *not* limited to 4GB, but that is the maximum *file* size. With 512 byte sectors FAT32 can address up to 2TB, or 16TB with 4k sectors.

I'd recommend using FAT32 over NTFS from an overall compatibility point of view - it's much more widely supported and with music files there are minimal real restrictions. If you have a single music file that is more than 4GB then I'd be surprised as an entire CD is 700MB. I'd suggest that 2TB would be more than enough music for most users!

I was using an 8 GB flash drive formatted NTFSA with all the mp3 and m4A files in the root. It doesn't even show up as an option in the Media Player when I plug it in. I will try trfortmatting it as FAT32 and see if that helps. Thanks!

Just FYI, it appears to have been the format. Once I reformatted the USB stick to FAT32, it was recognized by the Media App in the car. It would not recognize it when it was formatted NTFS.

@mkh1437, awesome, yeah, I had a feeling that was the case. Enjoy it! :)

In Norway FM broadcasting will be dead from 2017. So I do hope Teslas for the N market will have dab+ radios.

Could someone suggest the best/easiest way to move a bunch of CDs to the car's storage or a USB drive?


ETA: Feb 14, more or less

Black, 60kWh, 19" rims, Air Suspension, Supercharging, Twin chargers, Tech, Lacewood, Tan leather.

Just google "downloading music from a CD to a flash drive" ---everything you need to know is there for a PC or a MAC. The cars storage apparently is not available yet according to previous threads.

If it won't even read the USB then it needs software 4.0.

@txjak - "best" - buy a hardware based CD ripper tower. Expensive but v. fast. Easiest? If you already use iTunes, just plug the CDs into your PC/Mac one after another and let iTunes rip them. Then copy your iTunes Music folder to a FAT or FAT32 formatted USB drive.

I'm having the same issue: sound system won't recognize the flash drive. Format is FAT16 with files from iTunes in the M3u and M3u8 configs. Do you think FAT16 is incompatible? I can't seem to find a way to reformat to FAT32 on my MAC. Any thoughts? BTW - my car has latest software (4.1).

I found that if you try to insert 2 USB drives into the ports before turning the car on, you can watch the console continuously loop and reboot, while trying to scan the 2 drives. Granted, these were 2 32GB drives formated to FAT32. I have my entire music collection loaded on them. The problem resolves if you put only one drive in at a time and let the systme scan/index it. My music is mp3 256k formatted. The biggest issue I have with the media player is the near complete lack of an ability to 'select' anything other than individual songs. What is the point of genre, artist, album indexing, if you can't select at that level? Does anyone have clearer documentation about how to use the select function?

My 64GB flash drive is formatted as FAT32. I have not had problems even from the beginning (I started with rev 1.0). However, the player has definitely improved over time, and still needs to improve (like random play order, support for playlists, etc.).

Hmm. a bit miffed. If you go the sound studio package is it that the upload feature is just not activated yet?

Same question here. I have the sound studio package and it supposedly has "storage for 3000 songs". Does anybody know how I can get music from my USB key on to that internal storage?

Like the WiFi and Charge Timers, the Flash memory storage has not been activated yet. At the risk of offending the fan boys, I will say I wish Tesla would focus on these software rollouts first, since they are advertised features we have paid for, and leave things like Homelink position awareness for later.

I copied my itunes music files to a USB and have not had any difficulties with the music files. Can't do playlists. I got the upgraded studio package so I am looking forward to full functionality and storage when available.