22 Raspberry Pi Media Servers from Vintage to Modern

Jeremy S Cook

Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

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By Jeremy S Cook

Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

294 Articles

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Raspberry Pi computers have been used for many things, but one of the most common “everyday” uses is as a media server. If you’ve been on the fence about making one yourself, here’s a giant list of ways to accomplish this, including software tutorials, and lots of vintage and modern enclosures to put it in.

How to Install The Software

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Whether or not your media center looks good, it doesn’t really do much without properly running software. These links should help you cover that issue.

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  • Another streaming option is Pi MusicBox, which touts itself as an option to turn your Pi into a “streaming music player for Spotify, Google Music, SoundCloud, Webradio, Podcasts, and other music from the cloud.”

Vintage Pi Cases

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Software is what you need to get things running, but what fun is it without a nice case. After all, you could just use a PC. Here’s a few vintage ideas to make the old new.

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  • Somewhere between a 1930s radio and an original iPod “restoration” would be this Spotify tape deck shown below. When a tape is put in, a different streaming playlist is selected (one per each side), and the buttons work as well.
  • Seen in the video below, the Audio Infuser 4700 quite interesting, with a Raspberry Pi for WiFi streaming, a turntable, and a 5″ CRT on the front for waveform visualization. [via Hackaday]

Modern Cases

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A retro look is great, but sometimes you want your streaming and media tools to look like they came from the 21st century. Here’s a few that are unashamedly current in design.

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