JonnyPi
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MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:36 pm

Hi,
I am planning on building a music player for my daughters where they can listen to their music on Spotify.
Which raspberry pi do I need for this when I have the following requirements?
- running MusicBox
- connecting to Spotify via Wifi
- manageable via smartphone
- using bluetooth speakers

I saw that there is a release candidate of MusicBox that works with the Zero and Zero W.
Could the Zero W be an option here? Looks like it brings all the requirements (runs MusicBox, comes with wifi and bluetooth). Or do I need the PI 3?

Best regards,
Jonny

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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:03 pm

I'd just get the Pi3. Easier to get hold off than the Pi0W, and MUCH faster.
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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:27 pm

Ok, thanks. I'll give it a try with a Pi3.

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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:30 am

The Pi3 has arrived :)
I installed MusicBox on it and enabled WiFi.
But how do I connect to the bluetooth speakers? The only resources I found are assuming that Raspbian is installed...

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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:09 am

I think that PiMusicbox is based on Raspbian - but I don't know if it is an up to date version.
Over on the support forum that PiMusicbox links to there is this (read to end)
https://discuss.mopidy.com/t/howto-conn ... etooth/697

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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:37 am

PI3 with musicbox is actually buggy when I tried it out.
You may want to take a look at new 0.7 which claimed to have PI3 support, notice it is still RC so it can be unstable.

https://github.com/pimusicbox/pimusicbo ... /v0.7.0RC4

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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:13 pm

Thanks for the replies!
I am actually using the RC 0.7 and tried to follow the instructions in the linked page (suggested by Paul).
But when I run hcitool scan, I always get "Device is not available: No such device" :(

I was hoping that using the Pi3 with integrated bluetooth would be easy to set up...

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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:54 pm

Those old instructions are for a generic USB bluetooth dongle and not the Raspberry Pi 3's onboard bluetooth which only works in Raspbian Jessie. Musicbox still uses Raspbian Wheezy (I know), so it won't work.

Just install Mopidy yourself on the latest Raspbian Jessie, follow the documentation at https://docs.mopidy.com/en/latest/insta ... spberrypi/.

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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:46 am

Yep, that's what I figured out yesterday as well :(
Thanks for the link! I will give it a try.

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Re: MusicBox, bluetooth speakers - which Pi to buy?

Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:32 am

I had a MusicBox running and it worked flawlessly on my PI3, but I really didn't like the webclient UI (there's a few different UI's included to choose from). Then I came across Runeaudio and it really looks slick and everything works out of the box :D
There's also other options like Volumio, but I haven't played with that.

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