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Only 6 FM presets????????

Only 6 FM presets????????

Just got the car and I cannot find out how to get more than just 6 FM presets. I have the upgraded audio package. Am I missing something or is this all there is? If so, this is pretty cheesy. The cheapest car stereos in the world have at least 12 presets. Hey, I love the car and I know there are some quirks to new carmakers but this is a weird one.

nickjhowe | February 23, 2013

I think you can add as many favorites as you want; it is just that only the first six FM stations appear as presets.

olanmills | February 23, 2013

I used FM once for maybe 30 seconds.

EcLectric | February 23, 2013

What's FM?

shs | February 23, 2013

From what I have read, you (or I) will be lucky to get 6 stations.

Superliner | February 23, 2013

I think it's a sign of the times and available choices. My ICE has 12 FM presets, of those I use 4. My kids never heard of FM to them it's always been Napster, Sirrius, XM, Slacker, IPods etc.

Kind of like 8-Tracks, cassette tapes etc. lol!! GONE! Welcome to the Future of the Automobile!

cloroxbb | February 23, 2013

What amazes me is that there is no cd slot, and I have never heard one person complain about that...

It didnt even occur to me until recently, because I just plan on jacking in a cheap USB drive will all of my music on it.

Where I live, I really only need like ONE preset... The radio kind of sucks IMO except for certain Morning shows.

I really want to try XM tho.

Mark2131@CA-US | February 23, 2013

The FM reception on the Tesla sucks so badly, you'll never get past six presets! You'll quickly move on to other forms of musical entertainment like "Slacker". Prior to my Tesla, I'd never used Slacker. Now,
after using Slacker for the past few months, I just don't have the patience for all the F*@%'n commercials on FM or AM.

JZ13 | February 23, 2013

Thanks Nick. That works like a charm. This is yet one more Item where I need to learn a new process for this car. So far my radio works ok in OC.

nickjhowe | February 23, 2013

The whole favorites process seems a bit clunky right now. Hopefully they'll find a way to clean up the UI and the workflow.

KendallPB | February 23, 2013

They should add more preset options though, from that screen, instead of requiring going to favorites. There's room to design the whole radio interface differently (don't get me started on the goofy dial... ;-).

@Mark2131: Reception on FM in my Model S is fine.

Superliner | February 23, 2013

@ EcLectric

FM = Frequency Modulated radio waves broadcast decades ago. I understand there were receivers for such signals in ancient ICE powered conveyances!

BwaHahahahah! Model S RULES!

c.bussert67 | February 23, 2013

Yeah, haven't used FM since 05 when we bought a GMC with XM in it. Never looked back. Can't stand the commercials or the static for that matter anymore! My wife loved it so much I had to upgrade her car to XM.
The S takes it a whole new level with Slacker Internet radio. I mean XM is cool in its wide selection of music channels, stuff you can't hear on standard radio stations. The thing I like most about slacker is that you can listen to ANYTHING, ANYTIME! Just type it in! Plus if that 'station' just happens to come across a song you don't like, skip it! So cool!

I concur, Superliner!!!

Kleist | February 23, 2013

@Superliner what about AM? I can't live without AM.

portia | February 23, 2013

I have not listened to the radio in years in my own car, with rentals, yes.
what's AM?

Vawlkus | February 24, 2013

Amplitude Modulation. An older style of radio than FM.

Tiebreaker | February 24, 2013

Ante Meridiem ... Uh what?

Superliner | February 24, 2013

@ Kleist

I'd be lucky if I could find 6 static free AM stations to preset in the first place. That too went out the window with the CD capable car audio system. All I need now is a USB.

JZ13 | February 24, 2013

Here in So Cal the FM stations are more current with new artists than the digital options. However, I can see xm or slacker may make sense if you enjoy listening to the same music that you grew up with. Also, I enjoy the "local" insight, news, commentary and events that the FM stations provide. I find the internet options somewhat stale and lacking a soul/character. But, that's what makes America great. It's a personal choice.

As far as commercials that's an easy fix, I just switch to another station. I have 6 local stations I rotate through. I need additional presets because I have a 2nd home in San Diego and I like those stations when I'm there. I guess for now I will have to keep my SD stations in my favorites. It would be nice to have them in the FM menu however. Hopefully an upgrade will solve this.

Final note, I have used Pandora for certain occasions for the last few years but slacker is a lot better. I love that it plays specific songs that I request more frequently than Pandora.

Alex K | February 24, 2013

I wanted to point out it's not just FM that has 6 presets both AM and XM are also handicapped. It should be pretty easy for Tesla to allow you to scroll through your presets. Ideally, it would be nice to make the presets location aware, so that if you are traveling to a different area, a different set of presets would appear or bubble to the top.

JZ13 | February 24, 2013

Also it would be nice if the skip button On the steering wheel advanced to the next preset

Pungoteague_Dave | February 24, 2013

Why would anyone use either AM or FM? I listen to both all the time, but only on TuneIn radio. The reception over the Internet compared to the terrible reception in the Model S radio is amazing. And you can listen to any station in the country, and many around the world, all for free. You can use all of your regular TuneIn favorites by logging into your free TuneIn account in the apps setting window, the same place you can also put in your personal Slacker login.

I find that DC and Baltimore AM and FM stations are weak on the Model S radio, but flawless on TuneIn. If you don't use it already on your smartphone or iPad, you should consider it. I have no affiliation, but find it the best way to have radio in your life, anywhere you want, with all your favorites. I listen to my local stations in Europe, Canada, New Zealand, or wherever I am in the world with cell phone or wifi access. Like the Model S, a real media game changer.

There is no limit on TuneIn presets (favorites).

David Trushin | February 24, 2013

My FM reception is just fine. The real limitation, for those of you who are not part of the radio generation, is that you actually need to be near the transmitter to pick up the signal. Unless you use internet radio of course.

Kleist | February 24, 2013

@superliner - you got me curous... On my old ICE just checked... 22 AM stations with good recption.

@portia - AM was popular when the ICE still had hand cranks...

portia | February 24, 2013

I was joking... but appreciate the answers.

JZ13 | February 24, 2013

@Pungoteague - Wow that's awesome! I had no idea what tunein was and I haven't had time to look into it yet. But I see your point and I will check it out and expect to get better reception. (Starting to understand other's comments about radio range - not horrible for me but not great either) I am assuming there are only 6 presets for that too? Or are the stations in the Fav file?

Pungoteague_Dave | February 24, 2013

Why would anyone use either AM or FM? I listen to both all the time, but only on TuneIn radio. The reception over the Internet compared to the terrible reception in the Model S radio is amazing. And you can listen to any station in the country, and many around the world, all for free. You can use all of your regular TuneIn favorites by logging into your free TuneIn account in the apps setting window, the same place you can also put in your personal Slacker login.

I find that DC and Baltimore AM and FM stations are weak on the Model S radio, but flawless on TuneIn. If you don't use it already on your smartphone or iPad, you should consider it. I have no affiliation, but find it the best way to have radio in your life, anywhere you want, with all your favorites. I listen to my local stations in Europe, Canada, New Zealand, or wherever I am in the world with cell phone or wifi access. Like the Model S, a real media game changer.

There is no limit on TuneIn presets (favorites).

Pungoteague_Dave | February 24, 2013

Sorry about the double post. You can set your TuneIn presets on the Internet or on the car and there is no limit on presets.

KendallPB | February 25, 2013

I'm unfamiliar with TuneIn, but find that 3G radio pauses occasionally while more downloads (buffering).

But Dave, I'm curious, do you mean favorites? You say presets. I ask because with the radio, you can leave the presets showing and flip between them. With Slacker, I have to pick a station and then it switches to the song display and the list goes away, so it's an extra step (or several, maybe? I forget--just played around Favoriting some Slacker "stations" today for the first time), which is more distracting on the road. But again, Tesla needs to improve the media interface anyway (a lot of it's great but things like this are more steps than they should be).

(Hopefully I'm remembering my Slacker/favorite experiment from earlier today correctly!)

Pungoteague_Dave | February 25, 2013

You save TuneIn favorites, but not as presets. I actually find that history in the media center is the easiest way to navigate the Model S sound system.

Superliner | February 25, 2013

@ Kleist

I think it has more to do with where I'm located than AM Radio in general, That said It (AM Radio) is still in the stone ages to anyone born after 1990 lol!!

JZ13 | February 25, 2013

@Pungo - Unfortunately Tunein does not work for me. In LA the most popular stations are not available on Tunein and that is what I listen to. I did try the classic rock station (KLOS) briefly and it kept pausing due to not enough 3g signal in my neighborhood. (Good thing my phone is LTE)

Steve_W | February 25, 2013

I have tunein on my iphone, but it does not get all the stations I listen too. For example, it does not receive 99.5 in the DC area.

I won't have my car for about another 2 weeks. Can the Tesla play stations carried on I Heart Radio?

AmpedRealtor | June 5, 2013

I see a lot of people here suggesting using Slacker and TuneIn as a substitute for AM and FM. As an excited prospective owner, what are you supposed to do if your favorite local stations are not available on either of the streaming options? Second, the 3G data connection is not going to be free forever - per the manager at the local Tesla showroom, at some point Tesla will require a paid monthly plan for the 3G connectivity. So what do we do then, if we don't want to pay that monthly fee in addition to what many of us already see as a very high monthly payment? Then we will be stuck with the shoddy radio reception in a $90,000+ vehicle? I'm a bit shocked that such a basic function has apparently received such little attention by Tesla.

I'm just posing these questions because a week ago I was ready to put down a reservation, but after doing some searches I've found that a lot of owners are having various issues - the AM/FM reception being one of the most pervasive. From what I've read, this doesn't appear to be a problem for a few - it seems to be across the board. Not using AM/FM, as some have implied, is not an option for all of us. I don't use it a lot myself, but on occasion I do listen to the radio and I'd like it to work properly.

KOL2000 | June 5, 2013

I don't know where this comes from. In San diego I can listen to my favorite stations in high definition. Rock 105.3 (both HD1 and HD2 stations come in perfect), 94.9, 101.1, classical 104.9. And AM 760 comes in perfect.

No issues whatsoever.

Mel. | June 5, 2013

Amped, the radio in Tesla is fantastic. Why would you think that you favorite stations are not on Tune in? Tune in is not a substitute, it is a far superior item. Especially when you do not loose signal when traveling a few miles.

JZ13 | June 5, 2013

Update from my original post:

Just today I discovered that most of the stations I listen to are available via tunein. I was unable to find them before. However, Star 98.7 (one of the biggest stations in LA) is not accessible via tunein in the Tesla. It is available on tunein on-line so that is odd. I called Tesla ownership and they confirmed this quirk.

I also made a new discovery today that the skip buttons on the steering wheel will take your through your favorite internet stations. The skip button on regular radio will take you to the next available station whether it is your favorite or not. Again, very odd. Obviously these things will be fixed via future software upgrades.

Brian H | June 5, 2013

Amped;
Check out TuneIn on your computer.