Retro CD/Spotify/Alexa Player

Still holding on to your CD collection? Check out this fun project from makeratplay up on Instructables.

What do you do with all of your old CDs that are just collecting dust? Well, turn them into an overly complex system to play music on Spotify of course.

I wanted to find a clever way to use my old CDs that were just collecting dust since I listen to all of my music via Spotify. I had some NFC stickers laying around just waiting to be used in a project, so I thought, why not slap them onto some CDs and see what we can make? And like that, a new project was born. All that was missing was an understanding of the Spotify API which did not take long to learn. I wired a NFC reader to an ESP32 microcontroller and wrote some code to call the Spotify APIs to play music on an Echo Dot. The final piece was a wooden case to hold it all. It turned out awesome and even gives off an unexpected retro vibe. Check out my videos below for all the details of how I made it.

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