Tesla Hints at Support for Amazon Music Streaming in Update 2024.14.3

By Not a Tesla App Staff
Tesla is getting ready to add support for Amazon Music
Tesla is getting ready to add support for Amazon Music

Thanks to Tesla hacker Greentheonly, it looks like Tesla will soon offer a native experience for Amazon Music in their cars.

Green decompiled Tesla's latest update, version 2024.14.3, and found references to Amazon's music service, Amazo Music.

In this same update, Tesla added Audible playback, the audiobook service Amazon bought back in 2008.

For Tesla to add support for these music services, they need to have access to APIs that are provided by the music provider. Like everything else, there's likely a deal Tesla and Amazon struck, not only for Audible which was released in this update, but also for Amazon's other services. Given that there are already references to Amazon Music in 2024.14.3, it may not be long before we see the service launch in an upcoming update.

Prime Video 

Although Green doesn't mention any references to Amazon Prime Video specifically, it's possible we may see that service added as well. Tesla's Theater "apps," are essentially links to a browser without the user interface, so detecting references for Amazon Prime Video would be more difficult to discover in Tesla's source code. Since Tesla already implemented Audible and there are now hints of Amazon Music, it’s looking like we may see support for Amazon Prime Video as well.

Not the First Time Tesla Has Hinted at Amazon Music

Back in 2020, we saw Tesla add hints of supporting Amazon Music, although the code was scrapped in a later revision. The same source code in 2020 had references to Pandora, Audible and Apple Music. Since then we've seen Tesla add support for two of those services, with Pandora being the only one left out.

Top Music Services in the World

According to Exploding Topics, Amazon Music is the fourth most popular music service in the world as of February 2024 with a 13.3% share of the market. Number one is not surprisingly Spotify, with Apple Music and Tencent (Chinese music service) taking the second and third spots respectively.

Streaming Platform

Proportion of Subscribers

Spotify

30.5%

Apple Music

13.7%

Tencent Music

13.4%

Amazon

13.3%

YouTube Music

8.9%

Who Will Get Access

Amazon Music will actually be a great addition, especially if you don't pay for a separate music service like Spotify or Apple Music, but have Amazon Prime.

In the U.S., LiveOne, previously known as Slacker is the default music service that comes for free with Tesla — although Premium Connectivity is still required to listen while driving. Tesla simply calls it "Streaming" in the vehicle since this was named before Tesla had support for multiple music services. Tesla currently supports LiveOne, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, TuneIn and SiriusXM on the Model S and Model X.

Although LiveOne is free, it has several limitations on audio quality, music curation and song selection. It also doesn’t allow you to jump to certain parts of a song.

Amazon Music offers a much more robust solution, so it's expected to be a nice upgrade for owners who already have access to the music service.

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime and get the free version of Amazon Music, it's expected that you'll have access to it in your vehicle without any additional charges, just like you do on your phone and other devices.

Amazon also offers a premium plan for $10 per month that includes higher-quality audio and access to a larger music library. However, we don't believe the premium plan will be required to use the service in the vehicle.

Tesla update 2024.14.3 is currently rolling out to customers around the world, although it could be several weeks before most customers have access.

Impact Report: Tesla Vehicles 8x Less Likely to Catch Fire, Batteries Degrade 15% After 200k Miles

By Karan Singh

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by producing products far superior to fossil fuel alternatives and sourcing and manufacturing them sustainably. Tesla released its 2023 Impact Report yesterday, discussing their ongoing impact on the environment and the improvements seen.

Displacing Fossil Fuels

In 2023 alone, Tesla’s impact on the environment through its vehicles, Powerwall, and Solar Roof has been massively impactful – Tesla customers avoided releasing the equivalent of 20 million metric tons of CO2e into the environment. That is the equivalent of 51 billion miles of driving an average internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.

Each Tesla vehicle that is on the road avoids an average of 51 tons of CO2e emission into the environment. After just 3 years of driving, a Tesla’s lifetime emissions are lower than those of a comparable ICE vehicle. After the average lifespan of a vehicle in North America – 17 years – a single Tesla will have exceeded that value 5.5 times over.

Integrated Ecosystems

Tesla offers comprehensive ecosystems of products to address clean energy and transportation needs, from Megapack, Solar Roof, and Powerwall, to the Model S, 3, X, Y, and Cybertruck.

Tesla Solar produces power for storage in Megapacks or Powerwalls, which charge electric vehicles. Tesla also produces some of their own batteries, for both its storage applications and vehicles, enabling a complete cycle.

On the software side, products like Autobidder, Full Self-Driving, and the upcoming Robotaxi work to maximize the productivity of electricity that is stored in vehicles, helping to further displace fossil fuels in a single ecosystem of well-designed products.

Tesla's ecosystem depicted.
Tesla's ecosystem depicted.

World’s Best EVs

Tesla’s Model Y is still the best-selling vehicle in 2023, a trend likely to continue in 2024. And it’s not for little reason. It is the world’s most efficient EV, capable of running Autopilot/FSD, and is considered one of the best safety picks in both North America and Europe. Tesla’s data has also proven that they are, on average, 7.63 times safer than a traditional vehicle when running Autopilot.

Additionally, the Model Y is priced $3,000 USD below the average new vehicle in the US before the Federal EV Tax Credit – a difference of $17,000 after factoring in the credit and gas savings over 5 years.

Battery Degradation

Model 3/Y battery degradation over time
Model 3/Y battery degradation over time

Battery degradation is often brought up as a concern for EVs and the environment. Batteries fade away, become useless, and cannot be recycled. According to Tesla’s data and experience, this is far from the truth.

In fact, Tesla has found that their batteries degrade about 15% after 200,000 miles – the equivalent of the average lifetime of a vehicle. And in fact, they do even better in the cold than they do in the heat, with better degradation performance in Canada over the US.

Another interesting fact is that Tesla vehicles in particular – are 8 times less likely to be victim to a vehicle fire, compared against the US average.

Sustainable Sourcing

Sustainably sourcing materials is essential to reach Tesla’s vision of a world with reduced environmental impacts. In 2023, Tesla recovered enough battery materials to produce 43,000 Model Y RWD vehicles, while also sourcing Gigafactory Berlin with 100% renewable energy.

Overall, Tesla solar owners generated enough energy to power all Tesla locations, including all the Mega and Giga Factories, and all other facilities – over 3 times.

Tesla has also reduced water use by 25% over the last 5 years for vehicle production, marking a new milestone low – at 2.48 cubic meters of water, versus 3.37 cubic meters of water for an average ICE vehicle.

Tesla Breaks Ground on New Megafactory in Shanghai

By Karan Singh

Tesla broke ground on a new Megafactory in Shanghai’s Lingang free trade zone pilot program. This factory will be Tesla’s first foray into battery production outside of the United States, mirroring its direction in Lathrop, California.

Batteries, Not Cars

Megafactory Shanghai won’t be producing cars but rather will be producing Megapacks, which are grid-scale battery solutions that can power entire electricity grids.

Each massive Megapack battery unit, about the size of a shipping container, can deliver about 1.2 megawatts of power capacity, with 3.9 megawatt-hours of electricity. A single Megapack unit can power approximately 3,600 homes for an hour.

The Megafactory is scheduled to begin production in early 2025, with production goals of 10,000 Megapack units per year.

Sustainable Energy and Megapack

One of Tesla's Megapacks
One of Tesla's Megapacks

Tesla’s mission is more than just producing self-driving cars – it’s to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. As part of this mission, Megapack and grid-scale energy solutions are key to offset energy costs and carbon emissions when wind, solar, or hydro are at reduced capacities.

Megapack helps to maximize renewable energy use, minimize carbon use, and allow base-load capacities like nuclear power to maintain their output. Similar energy-storage solutions like pumped storage hydropower are expensive, require specific terrain features, and can take years to construct. Megapack units ship assembled, allowing for rapid installation with minimal complexity.

Lathrop vs Shanghai

Tesla’s fairly new facility in Lathrop, California is a mirror of the new facility being built in Shanghai. However, just like the differences between Fremont, Giga Texas, and Giga Shanghai, Mega Shanghai will likely incorporate new technologies to improve productivity. Additionally, it serves as a way to serve the energy market in the Indo-Pacific region, which has been at the forefront of energy development in the last decade.

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