Updated: Mar 19
Many people want a better way to stream their music rather than using an RCA plug directly into your phone, as I did for many years. Or, much worse… Bluetooth ☹.
So, I decided to spend $80 and get the Raspberry Pi Bundle and follow the steps to build my very own music streamer that I can use with Spotify, Tidal, Quobuz and my own music library via Volumio.
Overall, the results were not only audibly better, but the process is so much easier than dealing with chords or the lack of quality from Bluetooth connections.
Here is the step by step process I took to building my own music streamer:
Step 1: Buy the Argon Neo Raspberry Pi Bundle here https://amzn.to/2GCvxHr
Step 2: Unbox everything and put together the Raspberry Pi, check out this video for instructions on how to put it together https://youtu.be/rVXJ9BT0uuI
Step 3: Now that you have put it together, it’s time to load Volumio, which is the software I am using as my operating system for the Pi, onto your memory card. To do this you have to wipe everything off the card.
The SD Card association provides a very robust SD Card formatting tool. You can use the tool from the SD Card Associations website. Once you are on the website will find a download link for the SD Formatter for either Windows or Mac located at the bottom of the page.
Once you’ve downloaded the software, go ahead and plugin your SD Card into your computer, I use this SD Card reader from Anker https://amzn.to/2GGRu7Z
It will ask you a few questions then prompt you to wipe the card. Make sure you have selected the correct drive; you do not want to wipe the wrong drive by accident.
Step 4: Installing Volumio is fairly simple, First, go to Volumio’s “Get Started” page and download the latest image for the Raspberry Pi.
Now you will need some software to write this image to your SD Card. I will be utilizing a tool called Etcher which is an exceedingly popular program used specifically for this type of process. You can obtain Etcher from the Etchers official website. The software is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
Once you have downloaded and installed Etcher, open the program.
Click the Select Image then browse to the image you downloaded from the Volumio website.
Select the drive you wish to burn the image onto and go ahead and flash the drive!
Once you have finished this, take out your SD Card and put it into your Raspberry Pi and Power it on!
Step 5: If you want to use the Wi-Fi option that the new Raspberry Pi boards offer, then you will need to follow a few more steps.
It takes about 5-6 minutes on the initial boot of the software.
Once it’s booted up, go to your PC and open your Wi-Fi connections, you should see a mobile hotspot that says Volumio. Click on it and type the password: volumio2
Once you are connected to Volumio’s temporary Wi-Fi hotspot, go to http://volumio.local in your web browser. Once you have browsed to the address, you should now be greeted with a welcome screen that will take you through the steps to setup the Volumio account.
It is going to prompt you to enter in your actual Wi-Fi password, connect to your home Wi-Fi from this portal. Now Volumio can connect to your mobile from your Wi-Fi.
Step 6: Download the Volumio app to your iPhone or Android mobile phone. Once the app has loaded you can click on the Volumio device you have now activated. From there you can control the Volumio OS from your mobile phone.
And you are done! Congratulations on building your own music streamer. If you are more of a visual learner, check out the video I did on this exact device here.