My Dream: Multi-room audio with Chromecast and central music server
By Mike Street
I have been searching for a solution to my problem for a while now and I have had no luck - so i'm putting it out to the masses to see if anyone can help
The problem #
I have some wonderful Chromecast Audios, which can be grouped and streamed to simultaneously. To do this, I can open Plex on my phone or iPad, and choose the sources and away I go. I have all my music hosted on a NAS, which Plex pulls from.
The "problem" is I have to carry my device with me to skip tracks or stop playback, if I move to the lounge from the kitchen but leave my phone behind, there is no way of stopping playback without finding the original device.
The Dream #
What I'm after is an internal music server (like Runeaudio or Moodeaudio) running on a Raspberry Pi which is web accessible and can stream to a Chromecast. This means I can change the playlist or pause playback from any device with a browser.
Can you help? #
If you know of anything suitable or can point me in the right direction, please get in touch as I would love to help/know!
Update 9/4/16: #
My main problem is the look. Squeezebox is ugly and even using Peng, it still is slow and complicated (although slowness might be down to the Pi)
I am still looking if you find a solution, let me know!
Update 4/5/17: #
I seem to have accidentally fallen into a setup which works for me and ticks most of the boxes.
- Each room has a Chromecast Audio, which is grouped into a "Home" group using the Google Home app.
- I launch Spotify on my phone and selected the music/playlist required. You then cast to the "Home" group from Spotify.
- You can then log into Spotify anywhere and as you can only have it playing on one source at a time, you are able to skip/play/change music from any device with your Spotify details
- I've also recently got a FitBit Blaze which allows me to skip tracks (even when casting thanks to a recent iOS/Spotify update)
The only disadvantage this has is that it's not using any of the music I own - but since having Spotify i've not bought any music anyway!