GlobeTune Will Widen Your Musical Horizons

A small internet radio in 3D-printed case with a knob and an OLED screen.

Are you tired of the same old music, but can’t afford any new tunes, even if they’re on dead formats? Boy, do we know that feeling. Here’s what you do: build yourself a GlobeTune music player, and you’ll never want for new music again.

The idea is simple, really. Just turn what we assume is a nice, clicky knob, and after a bit of static (which is a great touch!), you get a new, random radio station from somewhere around the globe. [Alexis D.] originally built this as a way to listen to and discover new music while disconnecting from the digital world, and we think it’s a great idea.

[Alexis D.] has production in mind, so after a Raspberry Pi Zero W prototype, they set about redesigning it around the ESP32. The current status seems to be hardware complete, software forthcoming. [Alexis D.] says that a crowdfunding campaign is in the works, but that the project will be open-sourced once in an acceptable state. So stay tuned!

Speaking of dead-ish formats, here’s an Internet radio in a cassette form factor.

12 thoughts on “GlobeTune Will Widen Your Musical Horizons

    1. I guess what is meant is that one can listen to a radio ( even if it is conveyed through the Internet) without everything else in the digital world competing for your attention

      1. Yea totally.. just have to learn 3d printing from someone, find the software to put together the design files, learn micro controller programming from someone, read forums like hackaday to get the plans, navigate global marketplaces to get a 3d printer, an ESP32 and supplies, source and create the PCB at yet another marketplace, shop for and buy whatever device and headphones to listen on. All so you can listen to music without distraction. /s ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        I mean if one wants to make a random internet radio player sure. But its not some kinda zen thing and its ridiculous for them to try and fluff it up like that.

        1. You do realise it’s not so black and white right? Someone with that equipment and skillset still might want a getaway and they can use this to liberate their music listening experience. Fluffing is sort of necessary in this day and age and the sentiment is behind this project is good. It appears you believe that this is a gadget for anti-tech extremists that want to get rid of all the smart technology in their home but you have to realise that the extremes are few and far between. These things as with most things work on spectrum so a techy nerd who reads hackaday and stumbled across this might want to make it for the same purpose and I’m willing to bet there was plenty. Look at the bigger picture, open your mind a little and you’ll be better much off for it.

  1. Seems fun, I take it uses Bluetooth to let you listen to random streams from something like or Streema. The software side seems more fraught, since whatever APIs it’s calling could stop working at any point? ESP32 can update OTA at least, but it seems more fragile than, say, a phone app…

  2. Maybe I missed it in the description but this appears to be a player wrapped around Radio Garden ( ) that has its own free app – fun if you want to listen to what’s up in parts of the world you didn’t know anything about. If so, it needs a spinny globe in that tiny display….

  3. ” discover new music while disconnecting from the digital world”
    Proceeds to make a digital device that uses (digital) USB to listen to digitally broadcast radio stations over the (digital) internet.
    Well theres some mission creep for ya.

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