In this tutorial I will be going through steps to making your very own Raspberry Pi music player. This process is pretty straightforward so you shouldn’t come across many problems at all.
In this project I am going to be using a prebuilt software package called the Pi Musicbox. This contains plenty of features & functionality that make it great as a Music player.
This is a headless music player so you will need to use a different device to be able to control it. The good thing is you can pretty much use any device that has a browser to be able to interact with it.
If you want to see how this is done visually then be sure to check out my full video below. It goes through all the steps to getting this setup and working correctly in no time at all. If you do like the video be sure to subscribe so you stay up to date.
The equipment that you’re going to need for this Raspberry Pi music player is listed below. I have also made a mention of a few devices you can use to get better audio from the Pi.
8 GB SD Card or Micro SD Card if you’re using a Raspberry Pi 2 or B+
External Hard drive or USB Drive (For storing local music)
Now since this project is completely based on audio it might be worth getting a USB Audio Card or a Raspberry Pi soundcard.
There two supported add-on audio card brands and they are HiFiBerry and IQAudio. (These both typically require the GPIO pins) however most audio cards that are built for the Raspberry Pi should work as this is based on Raspbian.
Installing Raspberry Pi Music Player
To get this project up and going we’re going to be using a prebuilt image. This is a pretty straight forward process and won’t take too long to do at all.
Download & Format the SD Card
- First we need to download the Pi Music Box zip from their website here.
- You are also going to need a formatting tool. To get one simply visit the SD Association’s website and download SD Formatter 4.0 for either Windows or Mac.
- Follow the instructions and install the formatting tool.
- Now insert the SD card into the computer or laptop’s SD card reader and check the drive letter allocated to it, e.g. G:/
- In the SD Formatter tool, select the drive letter for your SD card (eg. G:/) and then press format.
For more detail: An Amazing DIY Raspberry Pi Music Player