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How to Play Spotify on Tesla with/without Premium ?

Listening to music is a mood, a taste, and a good way for entertainment. Spotify, the most popular streaming music service, offers a huge music library with various genres and different styles. Almost all the music you like can be found on Spotify, which was added to Tesla back in 2019 with the 10.0 update. It’ll be a real enjoyment to play your favorite music from Spotify while driving your Tesla.

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However, a Spotify Premium account is required to stream Spotify on Tesla. You can’t access Spotify songs for free in your car. The standard individual plan costs $9.99/month. Adding up the costs of Spotify Premium and Tesla Premium Connectivity, that’s $19.98/month, plus applicable taxes. The total price is a bit expensive. Is there any way to play Spotify on Tesla without Premium? We’ve got a positive answer.

In this article, we are going to show you a quick guide about how to play Spotify on Tesla with and without Premium.

Part 1: How to Play Spotify on Tesla with Premium

Since Spotify is now integrated, you can easily enjoy Spotify music in your Tesla through the build-in Spotify app:

Quick Guide:

  • 1. Turn on your Tesla touchscreen.
  • 2. Tap on the Music icon > Spotify.
  • 3. Log in to your Spotify account.

Now you can stream Spotify in your Tesla and use voice commands, the steering wheel buttons, or the touchscreen to select songs, change tracks and play different playlists, etc.


Part 2: How to Play Spotify on Tesla without Premium

If you are a Spotify Free user, you can enjoy Spotify music on your Tesla in 2 simple ways. One of them is via Bluetooth and the other is via a USB flash drive.

You can play Spotify on your phone with a free account. As long as you connect your phone to your car via Bluetooth, you can then stream Spotify from your phone to the Tesla.

Quick Guide:

  • 1. Turn on the Tesla touchscreen.
  • 2. Tap on the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner.
  • 3. Turn on Bluetooth on your phone and make it discoverable.
  • 4. Tap on Add New Device.
  • 5. Select your smartphone.
  • 6. Connect your phone’s Bluetooth to your Tesla.

Now play music through your phone and you’ll listen to them on your Tesla. You can control the music and volume through the steering wheel or voice commands.

The second popular method is to download music from Spotify as .mp3 and then transfer the .mp3 to a USB flash drive. You can then plug the USB into your Tesla’s USB port. After that, the USB icon in the Music tab will pop up on the touchscreen.

The easiest way to save Spotify songs as .mp3 is to turn to Sidify Music Converter. It’s an easy-to-use tool that can convert Spotify music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC, no matter you are a Spotify Free user or Premium subscriber. In addition, it keeps original audio quality and ID3 tags after conversion, fully supporting Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 and MacOS 10.11 -13 Ventura. You can use it to get Spotify as MP3 files in 5 simple steps:

Step 1 Open Sidify Music Converter

Download, install and launch Sidify Music Converter, you'll see a refreshing interface as below. Your Spotify app would be opened automatically in the background at the same time.

sidify music converter

Step 2 Add Spotify Music to Sidify

Drag & drop a song, album, or playlist from the Spotify app to Sidify Music Converter. It'll read the URL and display all the songs. You can then select the songs that you'd like to export as .mp3 and then click OK.

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Step 3 Choose MP3 as Output Format

Click the gear icon in the top right corner. Here you can choose the output format (MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC), select the output quality, specify the output folder, and so on.

choose mp3 as output format

Step 4 Export Spotify Songs as MP3 Files

Click the Convert button and Sidify Music Converter would immediately start exporting the Spotify songs as .mp3 to the output path.

export spotify songs as mp3

Step 5 Find the MP3 Files

Once the conversion is done, you can click the Converted tab to check & locate the Spotify songs that have been downloaded successfully.

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You can also go to the output folder to find the well-downloaded Spotify tracks.

Now simply transfer the downloaded Spotify music to your USB and connect the USB to your Tesla. You can then start listening to them with your car’s built-in media player.

Note: Sidify Music Converter can be downloaded for free. The free trial enables you to convert the first 3-minute audio from Spotify for sample testing. You can purchase the full version to unlock the time limit.



Part 3: What’s the Best Way to Play Spotify on Tesla?

Among all the methods introduced above, we recommend you to play Spotify on your Tesla with a USB flash drive. Streaming through the built-in Spotify app is not cost-effective and some users have reported that they often encounter problems with the built-in app. By the Bluetooth method, the power runs out fast. Besides, it'll consume your mobile data as it’s not allowed to stream Spotify songs offline with a free account.

By the USB method, there's no need to subscribe to Spotify Premium. What you get are regular MP3 files. You own the music and all the Spotify songs you got can be played offline. No buffering or other annoying issues. It’s an easy, fuzz-free, and affordable method.

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