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Apple Music or Amazon Music Streaming

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Description

Add ability to stream music from a private Apple account or an Amazon Prime account.

Competitive/Pricing/Notes

This should be way less complex and problematic than CarPlay support. The model would be similar to that for Slacker and TuneIn, but probably without a “free” account. The interface complexity wouldn’t change much, just another “Streaming” source, that once selected shows playlists/favorites/etc, selectable on touchscreen and ideally using voice commands.

This is maybe an “end-around” to get the music component of CarPlay, but provides playlist selections synched to a home account without having to use Bluetooth.

Same model could be followed for Amazon Prime.

Might require some cooperation from Apple (and Amazon) to implement this really smoothly, but fundamentally it is just another computer logging into an account and asking for music files.

Status

Unknown.

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Category: Tags: entered 2-Dec-2018

2 Comments

For best coverage I would add Google Play Music to this as well.
Absolutely. It may be relatively straightforward to offer logins for all the popular subscription music streaming services,  allowing owners to navigate their private playlists without fiddling with their phones, and without having to hand off full control of other features via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

The obstacle may be the lack of published APIs for these services, that the laptop interfaces are a just a customized web page. Could be that Tesla could offer something like dedicated web page “tabs” that would show up when you add such streaming services, but then as we all know, the Tesla web browser implementation is painfully slow, especially with MCU1.

Perhaps if streaming services have or could offer published APIs, Tesla could offer a common interface to all of them which would provide navigation to lists of play lists and songs, without wandering into web browser hell. Could look much like the existing Slacker or TuneIn interface.