Tesla now supports multiple logins for Spotify, TIDAL in 2022.16.0.2

By Alex Jones
Tesla now supports multiple logins for Spotify
Tesla now supports multiple logins for Spotify

A welcome feature that allows Tesla driver profiles to independently control their streaming accounts has dropped as part of software update 2022.16.

Tesla introduced their Spotify integration in 2019, delighting premium Spotify users with a seamless streaming experience that enabled users to log in and easily stream their playlists.

But, for owners sharing a Tesla with multiple driver profiles, it required users to login in and out of their respective accounts if they wanted to view their own playlists, song likes, and suggested content.

This led many owners to create a separate shared Tesla Spotify account that would be shared for everyone in the vehicle.

Thankfully, taking pity on the countless users stuck listening to their significant other’s playlists, Tesla has now tied streaming account logins to driver profiles.

Users have begun to note that the differentiated account experience works with the other streaming services available on Tesla like TIDAL.

There are no new menus or options to set. When you log in to Spotify or another music service, your car will now simply remember that login should be used for the current driver profile.

This does not yet work for video streaming services like YouTube since those are essentially web pages, but we hope that Tesla can separate out more user specific information like browser data in the future.

While Tesla drivers are undoubtedly thankful for the integration of multiple streaming profiles, one cannot help but wonder if Tesla will get around to the other popular streaming services believed to be coming in future updates.

Apple Music, the second most popular music streaming service, remains absent from the streaming lineup.

Amazon Music, a close third-place finisher, also misses the cut. If the rumored Tesla App Store is on track for deployment before the first Cybertrucks, there is hope that additional music streaming apps will appear as Tesla opens up their software to others.

It should be noted that workarounds exist for playing content from excluded streaming services like Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Youtube Music, etc. through the use of Bluetooth streaming.

Audiophiles would point out that the act of streaming via Bluetooth degrades the quality of the music to compress the data stream for wireless transmission.

You can also store music on a USB drive to play directly in your car, but there's no doubt that streaming music directly in your Tesla is the most convenient way, even if it requires Tesla's Premium Connectivity.

Dedicated Tesla streaming integrations ensure a higher-quality stream. For now, Tesla owners are just thankful they don’t have to listen to their co-owner's German Techno Spotify playlist on repeat ever again.

Tesla's Supercharger Team Shakeup: Firings, Rehiring, and Future Prospects

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently fired the entire Supercharger team, including Tesla’s head of charging – Rebecca Tinucci, after she pushed back on the extreme layoffs that took place right before the cut.

The Supercharger team consisted of over 500 employees, at least after the initial layoffs. In the following days and weeks, Tesla began to rehire some of the employees that it had fired.

Some Damage Done

In the immediate aftermath of the firing of the Supercharger team, contractors and site planners were left bewildered, with no contact from the Supercharger team that was responsible for payment, planning, and decision-making.

As this has played out, new Supercharger deployments have been reduced – stations that were already being built are being completed, but no new announcements have been made since t

It was dire news at the time - but it isn’t all bad.

Returning Employees

Now, more and more of the employees that were fired are beginning to return to Tesla, some of whom are announcing that they were asked to return to Tesla in their previous capacities.

George Bahadue, Senior Manager of Site Acquisition and Business Development commented on LinkedIn:

“Two weeks ago, I was asked to return to Tesla in my previous capacity heading up the business development and site acquisition for Tesla charging – I accepted.”

His reasoning to accept the position was a quote from Rebecca Tinucci:

“You work at Tesla because you hope to have at least a small impact on our collective future – aspirationally, to leave the world better for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren – by accelerating the transition to sustainable energy. And that mission is too important to allow any distractions.”

New Stations Could be Coming Soon

With the restaffing of the Supercharger team, especially with the return of George Bahadue, we can expect that new Supercharger sites may be announced in the coming weeks, as the ripple effect from the layoffs begins to settle.

The rehiring of experienced staff suggests that Tesla and Elon Musk are still committed to the vision of maintaining and expanding its Supercharger network – the largest and most reliable charging network in North America, which is crucial for the mission to move the world to renewable energy.

Tesla Cuts Model Y Output in China – Economic Slowdown and Anticipated Project Juniper Launch

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla recently cut Model Y output in China, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Tesla’s production of the Model Y in China experienced a decline of approximately 18% in March, and 33% in April, versus the same time last year.

Output Cuts

These output cuts can be attributed to Tesla’s recent decision to reduce production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai by at least 20% from March to June 2024. This was attributed to an unnamed Spokesperson by Reuters last week.

This decision could be multifaceted – the primary reason being an economic slowdown in China as price wars continue to be waged between EV manufacturers, including Tesla. On the flipside, Tesla has continued its production of the updated 2024 Model 3, colloquially referred to as the Highland, with an increase of 10%.

Project Juniper?

The second reason for this slowdown could be the incoming arrival of the Model Y refresh – also known as Project Juniper. Tesla China has already introduced an updated Model Y with a unique cloth dash with similar ambient lighting as the Model 3.

The Model 3 Highland was also introduced in China before its introduction to other markets, including North America and Europe.

Juniper Upgrade Speculation

Not much has been seen about Project Juniper at this time, but we can expect a similar suite of upgrades that match the updated 2024 Model 3 Highland – including a new front fascia design, updated doors and dynamics, steering updates, improved control arms, ambient lighting, new seats, and improved range.

There is a continued expectation that Tesla is pushing back its Model Y refresh – its best-selling vehicle – to make a bigger splash. This could include newer features – like the Cybertruck’s Steer-by-Wire, front camera, or other upgrades and changes – like the lack of stalks on the rest of the Tesla line-up.

Tesla previously confirmed we’re not seeing the Juniper Y this year, this could be the time needed to retool and upgrade lines to prepare for its introduction sometime next year.

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