22 Raspberry Pi Media Servers from Vintage to Modern

Craft & Design Music Raspberry Pi Technology

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


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.



  • 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


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.


  • 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.
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  • 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


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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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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