I recently finished a project to turn the Raspberry Pi into a music streamer. I had seen a couple of other projects here and here that were the same basic concept, so I knew it was possible (this is nothing new…just new for me), and I wanted to try to figure it out by myself. My basic justification for the project was that I listen to a lot of music on Pandora or Spotify while reading and doing homework, but having it up on the computer means I have an instant distraction any time I feel like checking email, news, or whatever. Building a small, standalone player with just a screen to display song titles and a simple interface using a few buttons removes that temptation. I also had a couple of weeks off school between summer and fall sessions, and I wanted a quick project I could finish up before I lose all free time again.
Adafruit Assembled Pi Cobbler Breakout + Cable for Raspberry Pi – Now that you’ve finally got your hands on a Raspberry Pi® , you’re probably itching to make some fun embedded computer projects with it. What you need is an add on prototyping Pi Cobbler from Adafruit, which can break out all those tasty power, GPIO, I2C and SPI pins from the 26 pin header onto a solderless breadboard. This set will make “cobbling together” prototypes with the Pi super easy. (read more)
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