Playing CD's in model S

Playing CD's in model S

We often borrow books on CD from the library to use when traveling. With no CD player how can we connect these CD's to the audio system?

mb30 | March 25, 2015

burn the CD to a media file, and play through your phone?

ian | March 25, 2015

Or bring a laptop with a CD/DVD drive and bluetooth?

cah197 | March 25, 2015

What about all my old 8-tracks? I demand to know when Tesla will do something about this...

DTsea | March 25, 2015

Portable cd player with bluetooth?

gfb107 | March 25, 2015

Rip to USB thumb drive, or as already suggested to your phone and use bluetooth.

A little Google-fu will turn up instructions

DallasTeslan | March 26, 2015

I'd suggest trading in your Tesla for a mid 90's vehicle of some kind.

travisray91 | March 27, 2015

rip the audio files on the cd to a thumb drive. the easiest option.

rwatson485 | March 27, 2015

I had this problem too. I finally bit the bullet and finally spent a couple of weeks downloading a couple of hundred CDs to iTunes, organized them by genre, composer, and artist files and transferred them to a thumb drive. It has a 125GB capacity, so I still have space for several hundred more. I,m very satisfied with the result. Want to hear the 8th book of Monteverdi Madrigals?

rwatson485 | March 27, 2015

There's plenty room for all of Harry Potter too.

Mike83 | March 27, 2015

I want to play my vinyl records. Will have to drive carefully ;-)

JeffreyR | March 27, 2015

@Mike83 No you just need a laser-based "needle" and a rigid setup. No scratches, but all the "warm" analog sound.

David N | March 27, 2015

My music is on floppy discs

ian | March 27, 2015

How'd that happen David?

Captain_Zap | March 27, 2015

I have a 200 disc CD player. Is there a way to automate moving all 200 discs to a thumbdrive? I think I have another 100 CDs and BluRays on the shelf.

Some of this music I bought as 8-Track, then I bought it again as vinyl and copied it to cassette, later to be repurchased as CD. For some of them, I took another leap and bought it on BluRay.

I do have a precious virgin vinyl album that I will open so that it can be transferred to FLAC once I find a needle worthy of it. The music was never released on CD or digitally. It is just an old obscure techo krautrock group that I got a kick out of.

Svenssons | March 27, 2015

@ian Maybe because floppy discs are possible to use in Tesla:


ian | March 27, 2015

Well, there you go! I did not know that Svenssons. Thanks.

Cap_Zap would need a Uhaul box truck follow vehicle to haul their music collection! | March 30, 2015

@Svenssons for an unrelated reasons I tested a floppy diskette a few weeks ago on v6.1 software! Worked fine, but hard to find a music track that will fit on 1.44 MB! The USB port powered the drive just fine.

@Captain_Zap - There are music services that will take a stack of CDs and rip them to your choice of formats. I ended up doing it myself, but in hindsight, should have used one of those services. However you do this, I recommend you use a lossless format like FLAC. You can always recode them to another format later, but if you use a lossy format (i.e. MP3), you will always have a poorer copy. Disk space is cheap, and I suspect in a few years, old lossy formats like MP3 will die a slow death.

vp09 | March 25, 2017

Searching the forum is well worth the trouble. These discussions have been informative and ... funny! Okay maybe I will learn how to rip CDs onto whatever. I couldn't program the car to open my garage door, but maybe I can transfer CD content to a thumb drive ....

EVRider | March 25, 2017

@vp09: Searching is useful, but was it really necessary to comment on EVERY thread you found about playing CDs?

vp09 | March 25, 2017

No of course not but I did want to 1) acknowledge the help offered by others, and 2) show that searching really does bring up a lot of good material!

EVRider | March 26, 2017

Yes, but resurrecting a bunch of old threads (even if they're still relevant) hides newer threads that might be of wider interest. Not everyone wants to play CDs in their cars. :-)

EcLectric | March 27, 2017

Step 1: Make sure the flux capacitor is charged up
Step 2: Set the time destination for the mid 90's
Step 3: Accelerate to 85 MPH (takes only a few seconds!)
Step 4: When you get to the 90's, purchase and install CD player
Step 5: Don't forget to bring back your Almanac (damn! that should have been step 1...)

vp09 | March 28, 2017

Thanks EVRider.

But if no one responds, then this thread will disappear down the listing ....