Tesla Model S is the ultimate music jukebox on wheels

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has provided a demo of the music-streaming capabilities of the Model S. Responding to voice commands, the car can play virtually any song by streaming it online.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has provided a demo of the music-streaming capabilities of the Model S.

In a demonstration to Bloomberg, Musk showed how the stereo responds to voice commands. Speak the name of an artist and song, and it will play if it finds a match.

Though Musk said you can "call up any song from any band", the examples cited in the video are pretty mainstream. Anyone for a bit of Linkin Park?

The Model S integrates with music-streaming service Slacker Radio, which is available in the US and Canada. It boasts a library of over 10 million songs, and has licensing deals with major labels. Tesla rolled out voice commands to the Model S in an update in late 2012.

The 17-inch touchscreen on the Model S showing the Slacker Radio integration, allowing drivers to browse by genre and playlist. (Credit: CNET Australia)

Tesla is not the first manufacturer to put a music-streaming service in a car. Pandora internet radio has a strong presence in a number of different vehicles across the US, with voice commands available in several Ford models. Rather than full integration with the stereo like the Tesla model, however, the Ford system requires the installation of Sync AppLink on a compatible smartphone.

 

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