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Only 6 FM presets????????

Just got the car and I cannot find out how to get more than just 6 FM presets. I have the upgraded audio package. Am I missing something or is this all there is? If so, this is pretty cheesy. The cheapest car stereos in the world have at least 12 presets. Hey, I love the car and I know there are some quirks to new carmakers but this is a weird one.

I think you can add as many favorites as you want; it is just that only the first six FM stations appear as presets.

I used FM once for maybe 30 seconds.

What's FM?

From what I have read, you (or I) will be lucky to get 6 stations.

I think it's a sign of the times and available choices. My ICE has 12 FM presets, of those I use 4. My kids never heard of FM to them it's always been Napster, Sirrius, XM, Slacker, IPods etc.

Kind of like 8-Tracks, cassette tapes etc. lol!! GONE! Welcome to the Future of the Automobile!

What amazes me is that there is no cd slot, and I have never heard one person complain about that...

It didnt even occur to me until recently, because I just plan on jacking in a cheap USB drive will all of my music on it.

Where I live, I really only need like ONE preset... The radio kind of sucks IMO except for certain Morning shows.

I really want to try XM tho.

The FM reception on the Tesla sucks so badly, you'll never get past six presets! You'll quickly move on to other forms of musical entertainment like "Slacker". Prior to my Tesla, I'd never used Slacker. Now,
after using Slacker for the past few months, I just don't have the patience for all the F*@%'n commercials on FM or AM.

Thanks Nick. That works like a charm. This is yet one more Item where I need to learn a new process for this car. So far my radio works ok in OC.

The whole favorites process seems a bit clunky right now. Hopefully they'll find a way to clean up the UI and the workflow.

They should add more preset options though, from that screen, instead of requiring going to favorites. There's room to design the whole radio interface differently (don't get me started on the goofy dial... ;-).

@Mark2131: Reception on FM in my Model S is fine.

@ EcLectric

FM = Frequency Modulated radio waves broadcast decades ago. I understand there were receivers for such signals in ancient ICE powered conveyances!

BwaHahahahah! Model S RULES!

Yeah, haven't used FM since 05 when we bought a GMC with XM in it. Never looked back. Can't stand the commercials or the static for that matter anymore! My wife loved it so much I had to upgrade her car to XM.
The S takes it a whole new level with Slacker Internet radio. I mean XM is cool in its wide selection of music channels, stuff you can't hear on standard radio stations. The thing I like most about slacker is that you can listen to ANYTHING, ANYTIME! Just type it in! Plus if that 'station' just happens to come across a song you don't like, skip it! So cool!

I concur, Superliner!!!

@Superliner what about AM? I can't live without AM.

I have not listened to the radio in years in my own car, with rentals, yes.
what's AM?

Amplitude Modulation. An older style of radio than FM.

Ante Meridiem ... Uh what?

@ Kleist

I'd be lucky if I could find 6 static free AM stations to preset in the first place. That too went out the window with the CD capable car audio system. All I need now is a USB.

Here in So Cal the FM stations are more current with new artists than the digital options. However, I can see xm or slacker may make sense if you enjoy listening to the same music that you grew up with. Also, I enjoy the "local" insight, news, commentary and events that the FM stations provide. I find the internet options somewhat stale and lacking a soul/character. But, that's what makes America great. It's a personal choice.

As far as commercials that's an easy fix, I just switch to another station. I have 6 local stations I rotate through. I need additional presets because I have a 2nd home in San Diego and I like those stations when I'm there. I guess for now I will have to keep my SD stations in my favorites. It would be nice to have them in the FM menu however. Hopefully an upgrade will solve this.

Final note, I have used Pandora for certain occasions for the last few years but slacker is a lot better. I love that it plays specific songs that I request more frequently than Pandora.

I wanted to point out it's not just FM that has 6 presets both AM and XM are also handicapped. It should be pretty easy for Tesla to allow you to scroll through your presets. Ideally, it would be nice to make the presets location aware, so that if you are traveling to a different area, a different set of presets would appear or bubble to the top.

Also it would be nice if the skip button On the steering wheel advanced to the next preset

Why would anyone use either AM or FM? I listen to both all the time, but only on TuneIn radio. The reception over the Internet compared to the terrible reception in the Model S radio is amazing. And you can listen to any station in the country, and many around the world, all for free. You can use all of your regular TuneIn favorites by logging into your free TuneIn account in the apps setting window, the same place you can also put in your personal Slacker login.

I find that DC and Baltimore AM and FM stations are weak on the Model S radio, but flawless on TuneIn. If you don't use it already on your smartphone or iPad, you should consider it. I have no affiliation, but find it the best way to have radio in your life, anywhere you want, with all your favorites. I listen to my local stations in Europe, Canada, New Zealand, or wherever I am in the world with cell phone or wifi access. Like the Model S, a real media game changer.

There is no limit on TuneIn presets (favorites).

My FM reception is just fine. The real limitation, for those of you who are not part of the radio generation, is that you actually need to be near the transmitter to pick up the signal. Unless you use internet radio of course.

@superliner - you got me curous... On my old ICE just checked... 22 AM stations with good recption.

@portia - AM was popular when the ICE still had hand cranks...

I was joking... but appreciate the answers.

@Pungoteague - Wow that's awesome! I had no idea what tunein was and I haven't had time to look into it yet. But I see your point and I will check it out and expect to get better reception. (Starting to understand other's comments about radio range - not horrible for me but not great either) I am assuming there are only 6 presets for that too? Or are the stations in the Fav file?

Why would anyone use either AM or FM? I listen to both all the time, but only on TuneIn radio. The reception over the Internet compared to the terrible reception in the Model S radio is amazing. And you can listen to any station in the country, and many around the world, all for free. You can use all of your regular TuneIn favorites by logging into your free TuneIn account in the apps setting window, the same place you can also put in your personal Slacker login.

I find that DC and Baltimore AM and FM stations are weak on the Model S radio, but flawless on TuneIn. If you don't use it already on your smartphone or iPad, you should consider it. I have no affiliation, but find it the best way to have radio in your life, anywhere you want, with all your favorites. I listen to my local stations in Europe, Canada, New Zealand, or wherever I am in the world with cell phone or wifi access. Like the Model S, a real media game changer.

There is no limit on TuneIn presets (favorites).

Sorry about the double post. You can set your TuneIn presets on the Internet or on the car and there is no limit on presets.

I'm unfamiliar with TuneIn, but find that 3G radio pauses occasionally while more downloads (buffering).

But Dave, I'm curious, do you mean favorites? You say presets. I ask because with the radio, you can leave the presets showing and flip between them. With Slacker, I have to pick a station and then it switches to the song display and the list goes away, so it's an extra step (or several, maybe? I forget--just played around Favoriting some Slacker "stations" today for the first time), which is more distracting on the road. But again, Tesla needs to improve the media interface anyway (a lot of it's great but things like this are more steps than they should be).

(Hopefully I'm remembering my Slacker/favorite experiment from earlier today correctly!)

You save TuneIn favorites, but not as presets. I actually find that history in the media center is the easiest way to navigate the Model S sound system.

@ Kleist

I think it has more to do with where I'm located than AM Radio in general, That said It (AM Radio) is still in the stone ages to anyone born after 1990 lol!!


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