After moving to a newly constructed floor at Staplegun (where I work), the developers (all 4 of us) chose to switch to an open floor-plan. One of the big updates included in this move was that we now had a shared audio system with speakers all around, and with us working in very close proximity to one another, it became very important for each of us to easily be able to control the music selection. The sound system had no “smart” attributes or network connectivity, so at the most basic level, we could have just hooked up an audio cable from our phones to the auxiliary input and played music that way – but our sound system hub is in our server room, which is nowhere near where we work, so that quickly got thrown away as a plausible option. Other than hooking up a bluetooth connector or some other third-party-connection widget with cables going into the speaker, we were pretty much out of luck. Or so we thought.
We realized we had a spare Raspberry Pi lying around, which has an audio output as well as an ethernet cable input. Theoretically, we could somehow connect to the Pi over our network and stream music from the Pi. Now “how” was the big question. On top of that, we all use Slack heavily at work, so could we take it one step further and control our music selection via Slack? Sounds farfetched, I know – but that’s exactly what we did, and I want to show you how you can do it too.
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