Tesla Model S Plays Any Song You Ask for!

Tesla Model S Plays Any Song You Ask for! | February 28, 2013

Every new person I give a test ride to must request a song as part of the introduction to the S.

olanmills | February 28, 2013

It's a great feature to have, but I didn't think it was that impressive. It's just a feature of Slacker, and aren't there several cars thave have features like this, even if it's limited to the collection of an attached device or something?

Again it is a nice feature, but it doesn't always work. Slacker doesn't have everything, and sometimes, even when I know it does, it refuses to play it and starts playing something else that it recomments instead. That's actually my big pet peeve with Slacker. I hate when I search for a specific song and it knows the song, but if you select it, it starts playing something else.

Yes, I understand that there are many songs for which they have entries in their catalog, but they don't actually have the license to play it or something. In this scenario, I would like it to tell me that it can't play the song, because I would like to know definitively whether or not the song will ever show up if I listen to the "station" enough.

It's ambigious, because, as I said, there are some songs that I have listened to on Slacker, but then if I try to search for it again a couple days later, it will refuse to play it but instead start playing whatever it thinks is similar.

olanmills | February 28, 2013


Geez, why can't Elon just admit that it's Slacker radio? I mean, he gave the reporter the impression that the car is magically searching the internet to find whatever song you ask for.

tvntesla | February 28, 2013

Voice recognition has never worked in my car. The only keywords that it may occasionally (10% of the time) recognize are in the "Navigation" section. But even then, the address that follows this keyword is never correct. For example, if I ask "Where is Stanford University", the I got a full list of Fry's Electronics stores. I even read aloud all the examples given in the on screen release note with no success. Beside "Navigation" the response I get are either "Unclear" or "Unknown command". I have brought my car to service and the person who tried also saw similar problem. However, after a day Tesla service told me that the engineers in Fremont logged in and see no problem. Since then I have given up using voice in my car because I thought that this feature may be in the Alpha stage. Now that I see that Mr. Elon Musk had zero problem with voice recognition in his car, I will have to bring it back to service. I have otherwise no complain about the car.

olanmills | February 28, 2013

I haven't had much of a problem. The voice control works fine for me 90% of the time. Occassionally it says it doesn't understand my command and I think only once it misinterpreted my command.

It's possible that the voice control does not work well with all ranges of voices or accents.

XrstalLens | February 28, 2013

@tvntesla - A common mistake is to press the voice command button and let go, and then speak your request. The Model S requires that you wait until you see the message "Recording..." in the cluster, then speak while holding down the button until you are done. This is different than most phones.

I just wanted to make sure you're doing that before you head in to service, as it is a common problem. I did it myself for a while and thought voice recognition was broken as a result.

brijam | February 28, 2013

I love finding out new features about my Model S. I just got back from driving around for hours trying to stump the player. Amazingly it got 9 out of 10 songs that I chose.

eltonf | March 1, 2013

Voice commands work most of the time for me, but with slacker or never auto plays like in the Elon interview. Instead it only shows a list of songs. Is there a setting for autoplay?

bp | March 1, 2013

Would like to use Slacker as a replacement for the music on my USB - and play not only individual songs - but entire albums - or all the songs from a particular artist. Has anyone figured out how to do this?

Haven't found a way to do that with Slacker. I can find a specific song - but then instead of playing the other songs on the same album - it moves onto similar songs from other artists.

TeslaOwnerBlog | March 1, 2013
brijam | March 1, 2013

@eltonf - what you're describing is the correct behavior I believe. I think the video just cut out Elon tapping the song.

DTsea | March 1, 2013

Odd, voice command always works great on mine.