Turn your Raspberry Pi into the ultimate music streamer – CNET
The number of things you can do with a Raspberry Pi is astounding. For a little over $35, you can create a networked media server for streaming all your digital movies to your TV or give your existing printer wireless capabilities. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
If you’ve yet to decide on what you want to do with your Raspberry Pi, this project shows you how to turn it into a Chromecast Audio-like music streamer. This means you could set up several Raspberry Pis this way, connect each one to a speaker, place them around your house and stream music to each those speakers remotely in a highly configurable way. You can control the music from your phone, tablet or computer.
It’s an easy project that you can have set up and running in under an hour.
What you will need
For starters, you will need a Raspberry Pi (1, 2 or 3) and the Pi MusicBox operating system. Installation and setup will be easier with the older two Raspberry Pi models. It is possible with a Raspberry Pi 3, but the process will be slightly more involved, since the latest update to the code was written for the Raspberry Pi 2.
Additionally, you need an SD or microSD card, a Wi-Fi adapter for the Raspberry Pi (even for the Raspberry Pi 3, despite its in-built Wi-Fi) and a speaker or sound system. A computer is necessary to write the images to the SD card and the initial setup, but to control what music is playing, you can use just about any device with access to a web browser.
Installing Pi MusicBox
To install Pi MusicBox, first download the latest image from pimusicbox.com. Extract the contents of the ZIP and locate the image file.
From this point, the installation process is like with any other operating system installation on a Raspberry Pi without NOOBS. Follow the same instructions found here, substituting the Pi MusicBox image in the place of the Raspbian.
If you have a Raspberry Pi 3
Up to this point, the installation for the Raspberry Pi 3 is identical. But in order to get the software to boot on your Pi 3, you will need to make some changes, as noted by Bennett Hollstein.