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I love my Model S, but I'm having trouble getting my music sync'd up. Read 8 pages of the forums and didn't see anything about this.

My 160GB iPod (classic, aka 7th generation) doesn't sync at all through the USB ports, and it doesn't have Bluetooth.

My Samsung cellphone syncs with Bluetooth but doesn't have any music on it.

My girlfriend's iPhone syncs with Bluetooth just fine, but the USB port doesn't seem to do anything.

What's the best solution to be able to play my music in the car?

—get a newer iPod?

—get a iPod Touch or used iPhone just for the car?

—transfer the contents of my iPod to a USB pen drive?

I was quite surprised there wasn't an 1/8" stereo input pre-installed.

thanks in advance,
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My Galaxy S3 has music files, but they are not visible via USB.

I can play music via Bluetooth, but it uses the Music Player on the phone - and doesn't provide browsing support for the music folders on the phone. Really don't want to browse music files on my phone - especially while driving.

Until the internal memory is activated in the Model S - I picked up an inexpensive 32GB USB thumb drive - and copied my music to it - and that works - with full browsing support by album, artist, folder, ...

I listen to audiobooks while taking long commute drives - and do that via Bluetooth - starting the Audible Player on the phone, and then telling the car to play the phone via Bluetooth. This works pretty well - allowing me to pause and play the audiobook. But the car doesn't understand Audible, so it displays a random album cover and song - not the audiobook. And because this is playing on the phone, and not the car, the last position in the audiobook is retained (which would likely be lost if I was able to get the audiobook copied to an MP3 file).

The Tesla specs page...:
http://www.teslamotors.com/models/options

..says the standard sounds system includes storage for up to 500 songs and the Studio Sound Package includes storage for up to 3000 songs.

These have not yet been enabled and in other posts on this forum, owners said they were told by Tesla that these features are coming via a firmware update.

Thumb drive is the simple & cheap method to use.

For bluetooth, sometimes devices expose phone functionality and audio functionality seperately, maybe you need to pair the "right" way with the car or maybe your particular device is not compatible somehow.

For USB, for some devices, sometimes you have to explicitly go into a settings menu to tell the device whether you want to use the USB connection for power or data. Some devices can't do both at the same time and/or can't choose the right mode automatically.

I believe iPod/iPhone support via USB is coming at some point, and it will actually have deeper functionality than bluetooth audio, but it's not ready yet. Bluetooth on iPhone 4 and 5 seem to work with basic functionality like other phones (you can play/pause/skip, but you can't browse and search music, etc ).

We figured out that an iPad will work over bluetooth, so that'll do until the firmware updates.

Thanks for the feedback, everybody!

I have a thumbdrive and the main screen keeps rebooting on trying to read the content...
64G USB 3.0 (downward compatible with 2.0).

sergiyz - I have used a thumb drive and it seemed to display its directory properly and play what I asked for.

I think only one device can be connected by bluetooth at a time. If your using another device for playing music, then your phone cannot be connected by bluetooth simultaneously, so you cannot make or receive calls through the Tesla.

Compared with my previous Toyota and Lexus cars, one huge advantage of the Model S is the ability to have full access to the user interface while the car is in motion. This means it is easy to switch between Bluetooth devices by pressing the Bluetooth icon. And if you have any problems connecting, you can also do disconnect/connect.

In my previous cars, this required getting the car to a full stop.

The USB drive works pretty well. I often have two cell phones in the car - with one connected via USB (for charging only) and the other connected to a charging adapter plugged into the power port.

If/when the on board music storage is activated - I'll use both USB ports for charging.

At least with the Galaxy S3 - doesn't appear you can really do anything else with the USB interface other than charging...

I use a 64 GB stick (and need to get a 128 GB for all that I want). I also only use .flac files, both on the USB and phone.

Keep in mind if you use Bluetooth, no matter the format, it's compressed and may even be re-compressed depending on the source type. While some users can't tell the difference, if you think the quality is not up to snuff, try a USB drive/connection with some uncompressed (.flac) content to get the most out of your music.

On phones that don't work via USB, you should verify the USB cable you use actually is not just a power cable. Samsung and others include a "power" only USB cable with the phone, and it will not work for data. I'd confirm your cable works with a PC/Mac and that the phone's files can be seen by the PC/Mac. If not, you need a USB cable that supports data.


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