Raspberry Pi touchscreen music streamer

If you liked the look of yesterday’s Raspberry Pi Roon Endpoint Music Streamer but thought: “Hey, you know what would be great? If it had a touchscreen,” then look no further. Home Theater Fanatics has built something using the same RoPieee software, but with the added feature of a screen, for those who need one.

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The build cost for this is a little higher than the $150 estimate to recreate yesterday’s project, given the inclusion of a fancier Digital Audio Decoder and the touchscreen itself.

Hardware

connecting raspberry pi to touchscreen
It really is a super user-friendly walkthrough video

The brilliant Home Theater Fanatics show you how to put all of this together from this point in the build video, before moving on to the software install. They take care to go through all of the basics of the hardware in case you’re not familiar with things like ribbon cables or fans. It’s a really nice bird’s-eye view walkthrough, so beginners aren’t likely to have any problems following along.

ribbon attaching to raspberry pi
See – close-ups of how to connect your ribbon cables and everything

Software

Same as yesterday’s build:

At this point in the build video, Home Theater Fanatics go through the three steps you need to take to get the RoPieee and Roon software sorted out, then connect the DAC. Again, it’s a really clear, comprehensive on-screen walkthrough that beginners can be comfortable with.

Why do I need a touchscreen music streamer?

touchscreen music player
Get all your album track info right in your face

Aside from being able to see the attributed artwork for the music you’re currently listening to, this touchscreen solution provides easy song switching during home workouts. It’s also a much snazzier-looking tabletop alternative to a plugged-in phone spouting a Spotify playlist.

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Cool! can u run spootify

Reply to caelean james achuff

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From merely reading this article it is not clear to me where you get your music from. From network storage or from attached hardware, eg a jump drive? Nor am I clear what you do after the DAC – attach an amplifier and speakers I presume? If it is mentioned sorry I missed it. How do you organise your music for easy access and how do you integrate Spotify or another streaming service?
Sticking a Pi in an LED case is just the start of things.

Reply to Gillian Duck

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I understand that the display needs a 5A power supply. If that’s so, it would be great to mention which specific power supply works best for amps and for low electric noise. Thank you!

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