Submitted by reach on July 25, 2013
I am pleased to report that my Model S equipped with Sound Studio Package plays audio music tracks stored and played back using a large external Solid State Hard Drive (SSD) with just one USB connection for both audio and power. This is one of the rare cars that plays back fine using an external USB hard drive rather than just a USB memory stick.
I am using a 448 gigabyte solid state drive that has loaded onto it 335 gigabytes of music. All of the cataloguing and album art works fine.
My entire music library is in *.FLAC format, a lossless format. The Tesla Model S is one of the rare cars that plays back native *.FLAC files without reformatting to a different format. Many of my music tracks are in high resolution (studio master) 24-Bit and sampling rates as high as 192kHz. These very high resolution music tracks play back fine with no need to reformat before playing.
I recommend using an SSD drive because the car is in motion and the constant jostling would jeopardize a platter-based hard drive.
As far as I found in the marketplace, the 448 gig model I am using is the largest size drive made in SSD.