• Building a Raspberry Pi Based Music Kiosk

    I used to use Google's Play Music to host and play our music collection.

    However, years ago, I got annoyed with Google's lacklustre approach to shared collections, and odd approach to VMs. So, our collection migrated into a self-hosted copy of Subsonic.

    Other than a few minor frustrations, I've never looked back.

    I buy my music through whatever music service I want, download it onto the NFS share and Subsonic picks up on it following the next library scan - we can then stream it to our phones (using DSub), to the TV (via a Kodi plugin) or to a desktop (generally, using Jamstash). In the kitchen, I tend to use a bluetooth speaker with the tablet that I use to look up recipes.

    However, we're planning on repurposing a room into a puzzle and playroom, so I wanted to put some dedicated music playback in there.

    Sonos devices have Subsonic support, but (IMO) that's a lot of money for something that's not great quality, and potentially has an arbitrarily shortened lifetime.

    So, I decided to build something myself using a Raspberry Pi, a touchscreen and Chromium in kiosk mode. To keep things simple, I've used the audio out jack on the Pi, but if over time I find the quality isn't what I hope, it should just be a case of connecting a USB soundcard in to resolve it.

    There's no reason you shouldn't be able to follow almost exactly the same steps if you're using Ampache or even Google Play Music as your music source.