Dedicated Pandora player plus AirPlay built around the Raspberry Pi


[Shaun Gehring] wanted an Internet radio player. Although he did have some troubles along the way, the final project turned out very well. Housed inside this case which used to house a spindle of bland CDs is a Raspberry Pi that plays Pandora radio and serves as an AirPlay receiver.

The GPIO header of the RPi makes this project a lot easier. [Shaun] used Adafruit’s breakout board to solder connections for the six buttons and the character LCD screen. Plug some speakers into the audio jack and the hardware end of the deal is finished. The software side of things is very similar to the BeagleBone Pandora player we looked at in September. It uses a Linux distribution (Rasbian Weezy) and the Pianobar package.

Pianobar is very versatile. You can control it using a First-In First-Out file. Once [Shaun] figured out how to use mkfifo to set up the file, he was able to control it from a script by monitor button presses and echoing the associated command to the FIFO. The finishing touch was to add AirPlay support via the shairport package.

8 thoughts on “Dedicated Pandora player plus AirPlay built around the Raspberry Pi

  1. Good job on your project. Coincidentally I’m working on documenting my standalone raspberry pi pandora player. I use Dsniff to listen for the URL that Pianobar gets the song from, I then download the song with Wget, and then I save the mp3 on the SDCARD. Then, when the Rasberry PI gets out of range of WIFI, it switches over to play the saved songs. It always plays no matter what.

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