Back in 2011, Steve Jobs introduced the AirPlay on iPad 2. It was amazing and could mirror the whole iPad screen to a HD TV. But, you’ll need a $100 Apple TV. It is a bit expensive if you want to use only the AirPlay services and not anything else like Hulu and Netflix. It makes no sense to buy them in countries where Netflix and Hulu are not supported. So, we searched for cheaper alternatives. Turns out, a Raspberry Pi, the ridiculously cheap computer is perfectly capable of doing the job with 10 minutes of your time. You can connect it to your TV and start streaming content from your iOS devices or Mac.

Hardware RequiredRaspberryPi -Airplay Receiver - Techzei

  • A Raspberry Pi
  • A good quality, micro USB power supply that can provide at least 700mA at 5V
  • A 3.5mm stereo audio cable 
  • Wi-Fi USB Adapter
  • Speakers

Instructions On How To Build an Airplay Receiver using Raspberry Pi

Step 1 : Connect to the Raspberry Pi over SSH

Step 2 : Open the terminal and type in these commands to update and upgrade the packages

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 3 : Set up the speaker by entering this command

Alsamixer

Press F6 to choose the sound output device and enter this into the terminal

speaker-test

This will test if your Raspberry Pi 3.5 mm jack is working

Step 4 : Install the Shairport Emulator and required libraries

sudo apt-get install git libao-dev libssl-dev libcrypt-openssl-rsa-perl libio-socket-inet6-perl libwww-perl avahi-utils libmodule-build-perl

It’s going to take a while. Once its done enter the following commands

git clone https://github.com/njh/perl-net-sdp.git perl-net-sdp
cd perl-net-sdp
perl Build.PL
sudo ./Build
sudo ./Build test
sudo ./Build install
cd ..

Once the iOS 6 module is installed (give it a little while), it’s finally time to get Shairport installed. from your home directory type:

git clone https://github.com/hendrikw82/shairport.git
cd shairport
make

Now to run Shairport

./shairport.pl -a AirPi

You can change the AirPi to any name you want to show up on your devices that you choose to stream from.
Grab your iOS device or just open iTunes on the computer in the same network on your raspberry pi and you should see AirPi listed as an output device. Tap that,and the music should be playing from your device.

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