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Apr 12, 2001

Tesla may soon add support for Apple Music, according to references in a Tesla software update found by Twitter user @greentheonly (via Tesla North).


Spotify has been the main way to listen to music using Tesla's infotainment system for some time, with no support for other music streaming services such as Apple Music, Tidal, or Amazon Music. Tesla first announced support for other music streaming services, including Tidal in particular, during its Battery Day presentation earlier this year.

Alongside references to Tidal in the latest 2020.48.26 software update, there also appear to be options for Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Although Tesla has been reported to be working on Apple Music support for some time, the option hidden in the software update does not work yet. In spite of this, Tidal is expected to be the first additional music streaming service to come to Teslas.

So far, the only automaker to have directly integrated Apple Music into its infotainment system has been Porsche for its all-electric Taycan model.

Article Link: Tesla Software Update Hints at Support for Apple Music
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Apr 22, 2014
About damn time...

Glad to see Pandora on there. I must be one of the few people who haven't jumped ship to Spotify
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 11, 2009
This was taken way out of context from the original source. The code for Apple Music and for Amazon music are not finished and are not ready for prime time. They look to have started the work but abandoned it. Tidal is coming down the pipe quickly in the next release or two it should go active. The Apple and Amazon and Pandora look to be something they were thinking about and could not get the code agreements yet or right. This does not mean it will not come at some point it just means it is not near as close as every article is spinning it to be

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macrumors 6502a
Jun 15, 2009
Why are they making this so difficult. Just add CarPlay and call it a day.

The speculation among Tesla users is that they're not willing to cede any inch of space to another user interface, given that the majority of the car functions are controlled by the touch screen (vs. buttons on the wheel / stalk like other cars).

Also some thought that they don't want to give Apple any bit of data on their cars or user base given the persistent rumor that Apple is going to enter the self-driving car space (which is Tesla's main push).

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macrumors 6502
May 10, 2009
I'm torn on Tesla implementing CarPlay. For other auto manufacturers sure because their infotainment systems are all sub-par compared to Apple's implementation. Tesla on the other hand has an excellent UI that they've put a ton of work into and I don't think they want to take away from what they've done to put CarPlay in there and make it take up a good part of the UI. Plus the design language between the two UIs wouldn't look nice together.

Also remember that unlike other cars the ENTIRE car is controlled via the display and every inch of it is used to do so. To allow CarPlay they would have to shift essential functions around to stick CarPlay in somewhere, I honestly don't think it would work in a way that Tesla would be happy with.

I just wish Tesla would add support for 3rd party maps and if they did that there really would be no reason to implement CarPlay. Or Tesla if you're listening, just add an App Store already!
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Jul 8, 2010
Tesla’s do not support CarPlay and I hope they keep it that way.
Okay... that comment is just dumb.
Even if YOU don't particularly like CarPlay... it'd still be nice it if were offered. Nobody would force you to use it...
Me... as a strict iOS user... would welcome BOTH CarPlay, AND Android Auto support. Even if I have no use for the latter, and generally think that Android is pretty bad.


macrumors 6502
Jul 3, 2008
About effing time. Hopefully they can get it working in short order, it really is keeping me from going back to Apple Music and more importantly Apple One. Now that Apple is open to allowing their content on other devices (like AppleTV+ on everything other than an actual AppleTV) I think this is a win win for both.


macrumors demi-god
Dec 30, 2009
It isn't CarPlay, this is adding Apple Music.

I'll take it.

I am just hoping Tesla fixes whatever is fundamentally F'd with the streaming channels outside of the default streaming service.
Spotify is my main in the car but it is in no way reliable when getting in and out of the car.

But getting in say mid day, who knows if Spotify will even start. Getting it to start where you left it is a roll of the dice.
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macrumors 68040
Jul 20, 2011
I'm subscribed to Premium Connectivity, but I imagine if you don't subscribe, you wouldn't be able to use Spotify, Apple Music, etc?

Seems like a smart move for both Tesla and Apple. Both of them could lock in monthly subscription services from customers that may have been needing something to push them over the edge.
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