the proper thumb drive to purchase

the proper thumb drive to purchase

I was at the Tesla service center a couple of days ago and naturally peeked into a couple of the other MSs there and noticed one with a big old ugly thumb drive sticking out of the USB port - you know, a good 1.5 inches of sticking out.

So here, officially, is the proper thumb drive to purchase for installation into your Model S:

Go ahead, spend the extra $10 on the 32GB. :-)

cgiGuy | 29 maart 2013

Just picked up one of these a few days ago to start loading up the "Tesla Jams." Amazingly small.

TeslaPhilly | 29 maart 2013

So the thumb drive I have been using is this - Could not be happier. It syncs with my dropbox account over wifi. So all I need to do is add music to a dropbox folder from anywhere and it automagically shows up in my car. Also have subscribed to several podcasts that it pulls in when I am in my garage and within wifi range. Finally, I added a 32GB micro SD card as well into it so I have a lot more capacity. If you have wifi in your garage and are looking for a system which automatically syncs with your music collection - this is a great option.

cgiGuy | 29 maart 2013

Nice. I'm hoping that capability is added to the Model S when WiFi is enabled. Seems like it would be fairly easy to implement, especially since your example shows a $99 product doing it.

Edneff | 29 maart 2013

My digital music is all in apple lossless format... Will these songs play from a thumbdrive on the Tesla???

joepruitt | 29 maart 2013

I went with the Sandisk Cruzer as well. You can't even tell it's there it's so small. My problem is I've got over 32GB of music so I need to trim down my library for the car! B-)

Jon | 29 maart 2013

I'm not familiar with this feature Can I put my itunes in there using a thumb drive? Is there a site that shows how to do this?

Velo1 | 29 maart 2013

I picked up the identical thumb drive as linked, except I got it at Best Buy. Once I loaded my music and plugged it in, it barely stick up above the plane of the USB panel, but enough to remove if needed.

I think it is the perfect physical size. Go for it.

cschock | 29 maart 2013

32 gb was too small for me. Even in only variable bit rate MP3 my music library is over 50 GB. I got this one:

Looks neat and barely noticeable plugged in.

mallynb | 29 maart 2013


You may need to select, or change to, a compatible music format before you save to the thumb drive. I think itunes can rip to at least two of the formats listed in the Model S Audio Specifications, AAC or MP3.

mallynb | 29 maart 2013


Here is a site that discusses audio formats.

Captain_Zap | 29 maart 2013

Here is a thread at TMC where they go into detail about testing the playability of different types of music formats:

rroonnbb | 29 maart 2013

Well if 32GB isn't enough there's always this:


noshird | 29 maart 2013

I use 2 small 32GB micro USB drives from Staples. I have the upgraded sound system and initially did not like the sound quality. Discovered that the quality of music format makes a big difference. High quality MP3 (uses more drive space) or a lossless format (I redid everything as AAC) sounds a lot better. Still waiting for activation of the the built in digital storage that supposedly exists somewhere in the car.

2050project | 30 maart 2013

Check out this thumb drive on TMC as an implementation: