Chapter 8

Playing Audio and Video on the Raspberry Pi


check Using LibreELEC to turn your Pi into a media center

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

check Viewing photos in the media center

check Playing music in the desktop environment

In this chapter, we show you how you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a media center, capable of playing high-definition video files and music.

To do that, we use dedicated media player software based on the Kodi software that powers some set-top boxes and smart TVs. 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. To a more limited degree, you can also use it to play back streaming TV shows and radio stations from the Internet.

At the end of this chapter, we also show you how to play music on your Raspberry Pi in the desktop environment.

Setting Up Your Media Center

The Raspberry Pi can play back full HD 1080p video, which makes it ideal as the heart of a cheap and low-powered media center. The NOOBS software ...

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