Radio replacement basically create my own little radio program that is never interrupted by anything and that only plays music that I do like, and I wanted to be able to do that without having to run my PC all the time. So I remembered a feature that the move it internet radio has and you can see in the menu we do have an option called USB playback. That was the idea that I had plug in an external hard drive into there and then access the music. From this thing and have it play all day long? Well, that was the plan, so I guess you can tell that didn’t work out and it sure didn’t now the first thing the silly USB – and this does not have enough oomph to spin up an external hard drive. So a little three and a half inch unit that I was going to use didn’t work, so I went with a USB thumb. Drive put some mp3 files on the air, because this thing will only do mp3. It will not even do WAV mp3 that’s. The only thing that this will do it will detect a file system on the drive. So if you have some subfolders, you can go through this menu system and access them, and all that the most advanced thing that this will do aside from that is once the one mp3 file has finished playing, it can go to the next one going by the Name, there is no random playback mode there, isn’t even a skip, go to the next track thing.
This it’ll do playback one after the other and that’s it. So this has got to be the most pathetic media player I’ve ever seen. So I was kind of disappointed with that and well did some research and I finally came up with a solution that is very, very versatile and I guess you would have never expected me working with with one of those things, but here it is just got it Today, a Raspberry Pi let’s take a look at the whole thing, so the setup is well. We have this high tech, Raspberry, Pi housing custom made, as you can no doubt see, and we have the unit itself. This is the B version, which is unfortunate. I wanted to have the non plus version because it still works with standard size as d cards, but I couldn’t get it in the local at a chronic story. I only had the B version with 512mb RAM and the micro SD slot, so I had to spend another 9.99 for a micro SD card class 10 card. Of course you want to be running fast cards. What do we have setup wise? Well, power comes in right. There, through a micro USB I’m, just using my USB hub to power the whole thing the HDMI cable goes to the monitor and I got to say I’m quite impressed I mean well. Actually I am. I am impressed about basically anything about this little thing I mean it’s, it’s, tiny, it’s, absolutely tiny, but it’s.
It will do high definition, video playback and all that jazz quite remarkable, and I mean this does get a pretty damn good picture on this 2k 27 inch display that I have right here, and I only have it set to 720p at the moment, not even full Hd, it can do that as well. Of course, this is the combined that’s another thing about the more modern version. This gives you a combined check, so this will do analog video as well as analog audio. However, unlike with camcorders with a similar connector on this one, they have the setup in a different way: the connections. So if you hook up a pair of headphones you’re, not listening to the video signal on the one channel like you do with with camcorders, we have Ethernet right here and I do have it connected to the Internet for some reason: it’s kind of unnecessary mouse and Keyboard has hooked up right there and then down there. We have a 64 gigabyte. Usb thumb drive that contains some music that we are listening to right now kind of disappointing. There we have my nice three and a half inch external hard drive. It contains a 320 gigabyte Drive that’s plenty of space for all of my music that I have, but also this thing won’t power, the damn thing. So when I put this into a proper housing, which I will eventually once I have all the software up and running what I’m going to do is I’m just going to take the data pins from one of these jacks and I’m, going to replace a 5 volt Power supply with an external one so that it will run this thing.
The SD card micro SD card sits down there, so what’s going on on the software side of things. Well, I did do some research and I found a Linux distribution. That’Ll run on the Raspberry Pi, it is called it’s going to come up down there in this. This news feed eventually it’s called open l, ik e l e C, and this is basically a very basic system that will only run a media center called Cody. This is this used to be called the xbox media center or XBMC. So you hook up your thumb drive and you can import all the files on the drive into the library, which means that you know they only pop up right here on the screen. They are not actually copied onto the SD card and then of course, as you can see, I have it set to German language for convenience, so we got music right there and we can access artists, albums, songs files, database and add ons, which I don’t have any. Once you got the thing started up once you got it playing, you can set it let’s see it can show some animations on here. I got that turn off no need to doing so and right. There is the shuffle mode, so we can have random playback. Essentially, this is this is what I was looking for. What I would like to ultimately be able to do with this is: I want to put this into a box, and the box is going to have an AC input, it’s going to have some stereo RCA output, jacks and possibly some buttons on the front that’s going To be the problem, the interface now I have already tried, you can just kill the power to this and turn it back on and it’s not going to upset anything.
So I can just cut power to this and turn it back on and it will start up. However, it will not start to play automatically. You will have to say play back some music. It will memorize that you were in random playback mode and it will continue to do so once you have the playback started. So essentially, I will have to come up with something basically now ideally I’d like to have on the front of my box a skip forward or you know, go to another one button and you know start playback button or pause button or whatever you can by the Way do that these things right here. These are all pins and you can assign them to do various different things. Get rid of the monitor. I don’t want to have a monitor hooked up to the stereo system, get rid of the mouse, get rid of the keyboard, and just you know just do everything, as you know, with this thing alone, standalone thing now something that I could do is I could program My smartphone yeah, I have a smartphone. I could actually do something smart with it. Finally and remote control this thing somehow you can set that up. I’Ll have to figure out how to do that. So maybe, if I do that it’ll be all good to go. I can use the mobile phone to start the playback in this box that’s. Basically, what I’ll have to figure out.
I want to get rid of all these riffles and want to be able to remote control this thing and just have it sitting in the box. As part of the stereo system, well, thank you for watching and if you have some advice, what I could do in order to get rid of all these peripherals and be able to control this in a nice and comfortable way or maybe even make those so front Panel buttons work somehow tell me, and of course, if you say well, this is this is absolute totally the wrong thing for you for what you want to do with it. You can also suggest a different Linux distribution. As I said, the requirement is, I want to be able to turn on the thing I want to be able to plug in hard to strive. It should read all the files off of the heart to strive and play them back randomly that’s requirement.
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