How to Setup Spotify Connect on the Raspberry Pi?

Setting up Spotify Connect on your Raspberry Pi allows you to turn it into a Spotify streaming device that can be controlled from the Spotify app on your phone or computer. With just a few steps, you can easily listen to all your Spotify playlists, albums, and podcasts through your Pi’s audio output or connected speakers.

How to Setup Spotify Connect on the Raspberry Pi?

Why Setup Spotify Connect

Here are some key reasons you may want to setup Spotify Connect on your Raspberry Pi:

  • Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Spotify streaming device for your audio setup
  • Control playback from your phone, tablet, or laptop using the Spotify app
  • Enjoy ad-free, high-quality audio streaming through Spotify Premium
  • Works with any model Raspberry Pi that supports the required software
  • Great option for integrating Spotify into your home audio system

What You’ll Need

To get Spotify Connect working on your Pi, you just need a few essential ingredients:

  • Raspberry Pi board and power supply
  • MicroSD card loaded with Raspberry Pi OS
  • WiFi network connectivity
  • Free Spotify account or Spotify Premium
  • Spotify app installed on your phone/tablet/laptop
  • Stereo or powered speakers (optional)

Make sure to setup and update Raspberry Pi OS first before proceeding with the Spotify Connect setup steps.

Step-by-Step Guide

Here is a step-by-step walkthrough for getting Spotify Connect working on your Raspberry Pi:

Step 1 – Install Dependencies

Connect to your Raspberry Pi and open the terminal to install some required software packages:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install raspotify libasound2 python3-dbus

This installs the raspotify server software to allow the Spotify Connect protocol.

Step 2 – Configure Audio

Raspotify streams audio over a virtual sound card by default. We need to redirect this to the Raspberry Pi’s audio jack and/or HDMI output:

amixer cset numid=3 1

Now audio will be directed to the standard 3.5mm output jack.

Step 3 – Add apt Repository

To keep raspotify updated, we’ll add the developer’s APT repo and install the package:

echo ‘deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free’ | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/Spotify. List

sudo apt-key adv –keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 –recv-keys 0DF731E45CE24F27EEEB1450EFDC8610341D9410 931FF8E79F0876134EDDBDCCA87FF9DF48BF1C90

sudo apt update

sudo apt install Spotify-connect-web raspotify

This adds the required Spotify repository and keys to keep software updated.

Step 4 – Configure Raspotify

We need to configure a few options for optimal performance. Open /etc/default/raspotify in your preferred text editor with sudo and make the following changes:

  • Set BITRATE to 320kbps
  • Set USERNAME and PASSWORD with your Spotify username and password
  • Save and exit the file

This sets streaming quality to 320kbps and supplies your Spotify login credentials.

Step 5 – Reboot Pi

Reboot your Raspberry Pi to allow changes to take effect:

sudo reboot

Give your Pi 1-2 minutes to shutdown, restart, and reconnect to the network.

Step 6 – Start Raspotify

When your Pi is booted back up, start the raspotify service:

sudo systemctl start raspotify

This launches raspotify so your Pi is available for Spotify Connect.

Step 7 – Connect in Spotify

Open the Spotify app on your phone, tablet or PC using the same WiFi network as your Pi. Go to the Devices Available section and choose your Raspberry Pi.This connects Spotify for streaming playback through your Pi!

That’s it! Your Raspberry Pi should now show up as a Spotify Connect device that can be controlled through any Spotify app on the same network. Enjoy your music!

Audio Setup Tips

Here are some quick recommendations for getting better audio with Spotify Connect on your Raspberry Pi:

  • For best quality, connect your Pi to an external DAC and powered speakers or receiver
  • If using the 3.5mm jack, choose low-impedance speakers designed for the Pi
  • Testing different volume levels to avoid distortion over HDMI or the headphone jack
  • Consider using a USB audio adapter for improved surround sound support
  • Adding a dedicated USB sound card can enhance audio performance too

Adjusting these settings provides a better listening experience streaming Spotify from your Raspberry Pi.

Advanced Config Options

There are a few additional customizations you can make by editing /etc/default/raspotify if desired:

  • DEVICE_NAME – Set a custom name for your Pi in Spotify
  • BITRATE – Decrease for lower quality or increase for high bitrate
  • VOLUME_CTRL – Change to “software” to enable software volume control
  • VOLUME_NORMALIZATION – Enable/disable Spotify audio level normalization

Tweak these parameters to further optimize Spotify streaming on your Raspberry Pi setup.

Troubleshooting Spotify Connect

If you’re having issues getting Spotify Connect working properly on your Raspberry Pi, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Reboot your Raspberry Pi and router/WiFI access point
  • Ensure your Pi and streaming device WiFi have good signal strength
  • Verify the raspotify service is running with systemctl status raspotify
  • Check if another device is already connected for Spotify playback
  • Make sure your Spotify username and password are correct
  • Test with another Spotify app or device as source
  • Toggle shuffle/replay modes on and off in the Spotify app
  • As a last resort, uninstall and reinstall raspotify

Working through these basic checks usually resolves most connectivity or streaming problems.

Conclusion

Getting Spotify Connect enabled on a Raspberry Pi takes just a few minutes and provides a great way to wirelessly stream Spotify Premium through your favorite audio setup.

With the raspotify software taking care of the backend connectivity, you simply access and control playback from the Spotify apps on your mobile, tablet or desktop devices.

Combining the Raspberry Pi’s versatility with Spotify’s immense music catalog opens up many options for building custom networked streaming solutions. Integrate it into your car, attach it to your home stereo system, link it to speakers in your outdoor patio area – the possibilities are unlimited!

So give Spotify Connect on the Pi a try and enhance how you listen to Spotify’s vast catalog of on-demand tunes. Let us know in the comments if you have any other questions!

Key Takeaways

  • Setting up Spotify Connect allows you to use a Raspberry Pi as a Spotify streaming device
  • Requires just raspotify software, audio output, and Spotify login to get working
  • Music playback can then be remotely controlled from Spotify apps on same WiFi network
  • Great way to add Spotify integration to custom home audio or car stereo projects
  • Additional tuning possible for audio quality, name, normalization etc.
  • Troubleshoot with reboot, WiFi strength check, service status check if issues

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What models of Raspberry Pi work with Spotify Connect?
    Any Pi model that can run the current version of Raspberry Pi OS works, including Pi Zero to Pi 4. Just make sure you have enough processing power and RAM for smooth streaming.

  2. Does the Raspberry Pi need to be on the same WiFi network as my phone to use Spotify Connect?
    Yes, both the Pi running raspotify and your streaming device need to be connected to the same local WiFi network.

  3. Can I use Spotify Connect on Raspberry Pi without a Premium account?
    Unfortunately Spotify Connect requires a Premium account, as it relies on online streaming. A free Spotify account won’t work.

  4. How good is the audio quality with Spotify Connect on Pi?
    Audio quality is very good, especially if using the 320kbps bitrate setting. Quality will vary slightly depending on your speakers, headphone impedance, and if using USB DAC or sound card.

  5. Will I ever need to update raspotify itself?
    Periodically you may wish to manually update raspotify using sudo apt update and sudo apt install raspotify. This ensures compatibility with updated Spotify service features.

  6. Can I rename my Pi device in Spotify?
    Yes! Just edit the
    DEVICE_NAME parameter in /etc/default/raspotify to what you want it to display as within Spotify apps.

  7. Does the Pi have to stay powered on for Spotify Connect to work?
    Yes, your Raspberry Pi will need consistent power via a microUSB charger or GPIO header power pins to keep the raspotify server running for Spotify Connect functionality.

  8. Why can’t I see my Pi as a Connect device in Spotify?
    Typically this means the raspotify service isn’t running. Try sudo systemctl start raspotify then rebooting your Pi if your device still won’t show up to troubleshoot.

  9. Can I use Bluetooth speakers with Spotify Connect Pi?
    Unfortunately Bluetooth audio devices are not directly supported. You’ll need wired speakers through the 3.5mm jack or HDMI output, or a Bluetooth transmitter plugged into those ports.

  10. How many devices can stream from one Pi at once?
    There can only be one active Spotify Connect session with the Pi at any given time. However you can seamlessly change session control between all your logged in apps and devices as needed.

  11. Why is the audio output volume so low from my Pi?
    Try adjusting hardware amplification or connected speaker volume first. Also experiment with the built in
    VOLUME_CTRL and VOLUME_NORMALIZATION settings documented above.

  12. Can I access Spotify Podcasts via Connect on my Pi?
    Yes! Premium Spotify accounts have full access to Spotify’s Podcast catalogs to stream audio episodes directly through your Raspberry Pi server.

  13. How much bandwidth do I need for smooth streaming?
    You’ll want a reliable WiFi network with at least 10-15 Mbps throughput. Faster is better, as multiple Connect sessions can use more bandwidth. Wired ethernet to the Pi is recommended for 150 Mbps or better connectivity.

  14. Is raspotify compatible with the Spotify Linux client?
    No, raspotify works independently by emulating a Spotify Connect receiver device. Running the Spotify Linux application in parallel isn’t supported and can cause conflicts.

  15. Can I add my Spotify playlists or albums to favorites for quick access?
    Absolutely! Using Spotify’s platform agnostic apps, you can favorite, download, and organize all your Spotify content so its easily accessible from whichever device you use to control playback.

  16. Does the Pi need a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to work?
    Nope! Once fully setup, raspotify will launch at boot and run in the background without needing any input devices or display connected. Just power and network access is required.

  17. What do the ss_ and ap_ processes in raspotify logs mean?
    The “ss_” processes handle metadata and communication for device synchronization functionality. “ap_” refers to the audio pipeline used to receive and process the streaming audio from Spotify’s servers.

  18. Can I use Spotify Connect to play music through my car stereo from my phone?
    Yes! Many aftermarket car stereo head units now support Spotify Connect. Just install a Raspberry Pi with raspotify in your car along with speakers, and it will show up on your phone as a Connect device.

  19. Does the Pi use more CPU or network resources while streaming music?
    Yes, especially if playing high bitrate files. Make sure not to overload your Pi if running lots of services. Typically 10-15% CPU usage and 15-30Mbps network bandwidth is needed for smooth 320kbps streams.

  20. Where should I go for more help with Spotify Connect issues?
    The official
    raspotify project site on GitHub has an issue tracker, documentation, and wiki that covers more troubleshooting. The active community there is very helpful for answering configuration questions!

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