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I am about to buy the Raspberry Pi to use in a music player setup. Before I buy it, though, I want to figure out what software/operating systems I want to use for my setup.

Requirements:

  • Plays from YouTube playlists (not just individual videos)
  • has a decent web interface (like RuneAudio or Volumio)
  • Controllable from remote or keyboard
  • Google Cast support would be nice (the real one, not alternatives like BubbleUpNp)

RuneAudio and Volumio seem pretty good, but I can't seem to find anything clear about their YouTube support. Are there any programs/operating systems that meet my requirements?

  • AFAIR there is one flavor shipping with Kodi (the media center) right out of the box. I'd wonder if Kodi wouldn't be capable of what you're after. Haven't tried it, though. – Izzy Mar 30 '17 at 6:35
  • @Izzy I've tried Kodi on other computers. However, YouTube never seems to work, giving me an error. I'll test it, though, once I get my Raspberry Pi. – randomperson Mar 30 '17 at 19:41
  • I've never tried it myself, so no promises – I just read about those special images for the Raspi. Good luck, and let us know then! – Izzy Mar 30 '17 at 20:00
  • Actually, I just tried the web interface and YouTube and they seem to work fine. Can you post an answer for it? – randomperson Mar 30 '17 at 20:09
  • Sure, done – see below :) Enjoy! – Izzy Mar 30 '17 at 20:34
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You could use Kodi on the Raspi. Their Wiki gives instructions for this, and mentions 4 Kodi-centric OS distributions for that:

They all come with Kodi already integrated. The page even has some hints on how to get the best performance out of your little box. Even if you decide for a different distribution, Kodi usually can be installed from the repos – though in your case, having it "built in" should be a plus.

To help you on the decision between above 4 "specific distributions", you could take a look at some comparisons/discussions:

In short: LibreElec and OpenElec are pretty similar (the former is a fork of the latter), and pretty restrictiv concerning "all things open" (so you're less likely to find "closed source" parts there). OSMC bases on Debian and is said to be more flexible – same for Xbian, which is also described as "small, fast and lightweight". Find the details linked from the Kodi Wiki I mentioned in the first paragraph.

I haven't tried any of them – but you were already able to confirm it should meet your requirements.

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After some testing, I decided to use Mopidy. I just installed Mopidy, the YouTube extension, and a web interface. It works beautifully, but some configuration is required for keyboard/remote control. There's also a distro called Pi MusicBox that comes with this all built-in.

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