After posting about the uniqueness of the Raspberry Pi 2 last year, I have purchased a 3 and a Zero. This has all been tinkering, figuring out how low cost internet of things computers like the Raspberry Pi family can be put to good use.
This Blog post is about using the Zero 1.3 version to host a music library and shuffle songs to a stereo for listening. I am using a standard Raspbian Jessie operating system that was originally built on the Raspberry Pi 3, but works in the Zero with no issues. It is loaded on a 16 GB microSD card which boots the Zero. My only issue with the Zero is limited USB ports. If I had one more USB available, I could remote control the Zero music using WiFi.
I like Banshee music player because it has a graphic equalizer and has an Android phone app for remote control. I can't say that I understand all the Banshee functionality, but it seems to work for this particular application. Here is the music box server story.
|Busy photo showing Raspberry Pi Zero (lower right) and other peripherals.|
The Raspberry Pi Zero has a HDMI mini to standard plug which the monitor is plugged into.
The monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse can be removed from the setup once the music is playing and in shuffle mode. I have checked the power usage, it is 37 watts with the monitor, and 4 watts without. The hard drive, Zero and USB hub with peripherals use only 4 watts of power.
|4 watts of power used for music box server without monitor.|
|Raspberry Pi Zero ver 1.3 Running Music Box Server|
This $5 Zero version 1.3 isn't easy to purchase. I had to wait on vendors mailing lists until they were back in stock. It seems amazing the functionality/price ratio for these systems on a chip (SOC) devices. There are peripheral costs. The Raspberry Pi Foundation keeps the costs low by not having additional functionality which each use case may not require.
Hope this is an interesting Blog. Feel free to comment. Thanks.
This post has been included in an audio evaluation has been broken out into the following audio sections:
- Introduction (Hardware, Software, Energy)
- Blog on the SMSL USB DAC off a RPI 2 (this post)
- Grateful Dead Playing in Parks
And a related post, Uniqueness of the Rpi.