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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Chapter 9

Playing Audio and Video on the Raspberry Pi

In This Chapter

arrow Using Raspbmc to turn your Pi into a media center

arrow Playing music and video stored on USB devices or networked devices

arrow Using add-ons to play streaming media

arrow Viewing photos using Raspbmc

If you’re tired from all that writing, image editing, and website designing, why not kick off your shoes and relax with a movie? In this chapter, we show you how you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a media center, capable of playing high definition video files.

To do that, we use dedicated media player software called Raspbmc. You can use it to play music and video you have on storage devices connected to your Raspberry Pi, or to play back media from other devices on your home network. You can also use it to play back streaming TV shows and radio stations from the Internet.

Because Raspbmc is a Linux distribution and not a package, it replaces everything else on the SD card. I recommend you keep an SD card with a standard Linux distribution you can use for programming and other creative pursuits, and set up a separate SD card to ...

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