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For those that need an optical drive or dare I say it, cassette deck, there are options.
For example, I purchased a Bluetooth to 3.5mm adapter device so that I can stream my portable Sirius Stiletto receiver that had lifetime service because I didn't think that a premium audio upgrade was worth it for the Model S.
I anticipate having to do this purchase again for my Senior Citizen mom. She likes to get audiobooks from the library (in cassette and CD formats.)
AEDennis, I agree, $2500 for an audio upgrade is a bit steep. Being a middle aged man I was curious how others felt about a CD option. But for example, my 20 something musician daughter, and her friends still actively use the CD format. So I was hoping the Model 3, which is targeting a broader audience, may possibly include one or at least a 3.5mm jack as Bluetooth degrades the sound IMHO..
I very much doubt that it will have one. I don't remember when I listened to a CD last time anywhere.
Whatever you have on CD you could have them on a flash drive if you really wanted to, so I'd say it is really unnecessary.
Frankly, I had to doublecheck myself and look it up (wife is out enjoying her car today, so I had to google the manual).
For as long as we've enjoyed her car (which I get visitation privileges with) I don't remember EVER popping a CD or DVD in there, but it's behind the front fascia of the deck. I was just happy that Sirius and the Bluetooth works on it. This was when Tesla was focused SOLELY on getting the EV going (the Roadster had to go from two gears to one, and a bunch of other iterations) and not integrating fully as Tesla has on the S, X, and soon the 3...
Going by the idea of a minimalist dash, it would be unlikely we will see a CD transport. More likely a few usb ports where we can plug a flash drive.
Implemented right, Bluetooth should not degrade audio much - certainly not to the extent one would notice in a car. In a perfectly insulated, acoustically treated room and with high-end audio gear one might hear the difference but that's a different discussion..
Considering the price of flash memory, would it not be better to copy one's CDs? Stuffing CDs into a slot while driving is distracting. They are easily scratched and they take up more space. A single thumb drive can hold several CDs.
I do this in my current ride and use the CD slot for a GPS mount.