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    New Raspberry Pi LMS server?

    I have been running an Odroid U3 with Max2Play as my server for the last 7 years or so. It has given good service but has basically stopped working. Given its age, the fact it is a long discontinued model, and that there isn't a huge online support community for it, I am not inclined to try to get to the bottom of the issues and instead to make a new Raspberry Pi-based server.

    I am just looking for a bit of advice on what my shopping list should be and the easiest way to get a server up and running. I'm OKish with the Linux command line but not an expert. I have (sporadically) muddled through this sort of thing a few times over the years but I haven't kept up with everything.

    This is what I think I need:

    Raspberry Pi 4B 4GB (assume this is sufficient, rather than 8GB?)
    Micro SD card (what capacity?)
    Official Power supply
    Passive cooling case - which model? (Note: will be switched on pretty much 24/7 and sitting on my office desk - so no fan ideally)


    As for the software, I believe I can install PiCorePlayer to run it as a server - correct? Is that the easiest approach these days? Are there any up to date setup instructions that anyone would particularly recommend?


    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoltan View Post
    I have been running an Odroid U3 with Max2Play as my server for the last 7 years or so. It has given good service but has basically stopped working. Given its age, the fact it is a long discontinued model, and that there isn't a huge online support community for it, I am not inclined to try to get to the bottom of the issues and instead to make a new Raspberry Pi-based server.

    I am just looking for a bit of advice on what my shopping list should be and the easiest way to get a server up and running. I'm OKish with the Linux command line but not an expert. I have (sporadically) muddled through this sort of thing a few times over the years but I haven't kept up with everything.

    This is what I think I need:

    Raspberry Pi 4B 4GB (assume this is sufficient, rather than 8GB?)
    Micro SD card (what capacity?)
    Official Power supply
    Passive cooling case - which model? (Note: will be switched on pretty much 24/7 and sitting on my office desk - so no fan ideally)


    As for the software, I believe I can install PiCorePlayer to run it as a server - correct? Is that the easiest approach these days? Are there any up to date setup instructions that anyone would particularly recommend?


    Thanks.
    Pi 4B 4GB is what I use

    16 GB SD card is more than sufficient.

    Official power supply - yes.

    Case - I use this one, runs 24/7 fan totally unnecessary. You can get a cheaper version, but this one has provision for an internal SSD.

    https://thepihut.com/collections/ras...erry-pi-4-case

    or

    https://thepihut.com/collections/ras...erry-pi-4-case

    Yes to piCorePlayer, no Linux skills needed whatsoever.

    https://docs.picoreplayer.org/getting-started/
    Last edited by kidstypike; 2021-11-30 at 15:54. Reason: adding info
    Server - LMS 8.3.0 Pi4B 4GB/Argon one case/pCP 8.1.0 - 75K library, playlists & LMS cache on Sata SSD (ntfs)
    Study - Pi4/Pi screen/pCP 8.1.0 > HiFiBerry DAC HAT > Edifier
    Lounge - Pi2/pCP 8.1.0 > HiFiBerry DIGI+ > Topping E30 > AVI DM5
    Dining Room - Echo Show 8
    Garage - Rpi4/pCP/AP mode > Touch > Edifier

    Spares - 1xTouch, 1xSB Radio. 1xSB3, 6xRPi, 1xDAC32, 1xCORE32

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    Great - sounds like it's going to be straightforward then. Just what I wanted to hear! Thanks very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    Pi 4B 4GB is what I use

    16 GB SD card is more than sufficient.

    Official power supply - yes.

    Case - I use this one, runs 24/7 fan totally unnecessary. You can get a cheaper version, but this one has provision for an internal SSD.

    https://thepihut.com/collections/ras...erry-pi-4-case

    or

    https://thepihut.com/collections/ras...erry-pi-4-case

    Yes to piCorePlayer, no Linux skills needed whatsoever.

    https://docs.picoreplayer.org/getting-started/
    Flirc case is a lot cheaper
    https://thepihut.com/products/flirc-raspberry-pi-4-case

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    Flirc case is a lot cheaper
    https://thepihut.com/products/flirc-raspberry-pi-4-case

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    Yes, but you get wires and things sticking out of every side.

    The argon case has all the ports on the back, and you can install an internal sata drive, all very neat if it's on a desktop.
    Server - LMS 8.3.0 Pi4B 4GB/Argon one case/pCP 8.1.0 - 75K library, playlists & LMS cache on Sata SSD (ntfs)
    Study - Pi4/Pi screen/pCP 8.1.0 > HiFiBerry DAC HAT > Edifier
    Lounge - Pi2/pCP 8.1.0 > HiFiBerry DIGI+ > Topping E30 > AVI DM5
    Dining Room - Echo Show 8
    Garage - Rpi4/pCP/AP mode > Touch > Edifier

    Spares - 1xTouch, 1xSB Radio. 1xSB3, 6xRPi, 1xDAC32, 1xCORE32

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    The Pi 4 getís quite hot, this heat sink case is perfect, I love it:

    https://flirc.tv/more/raspberry-pi-4-case

    For LMS server actually max2play is still a fine option imho. I personally think the max2play configuration web interface is better than the picoreplayer web interface. And the max2play webinterface is responsive, Picore isnít. Most people use Picoreplayer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    Yes, but you get wires and things sticking out of every side.

    The argon case has all the ports on the back, and you can install an internal sata drive, all very neat if it's on a desktop.
    You have wires sticking out of two sides but it can be hidden. I have so many wires behind my TV a few sticking out of the Pi are the least of my worries

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    Quote Originally Posted by cramcram View Post
    The Pi 4 getís quite hot, this heat sink case is perfect, I love it:

    https://flirc.tv/more/raspberry-pi-4-case

    For LMS server actually max2play is still a fine option imho. I personally think the max2play configuration web interface is better than the picoreplayer web interface. And the max2play webinterface is responsive, Picore isnít. Most people use Picoreplayer.
    Not sure what you mean by piCorePlayer isn't responsive?? Once set up there's no need to even use it.

    As my post above says, the flirc case is fine if you like cables and HHDs drives sticking out all over the place. I have 2 flirc cases, now unused.

    This review says it all.

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    Server - LMS 8.3.0 Pi4B 4GB/Argon one case/pCP 8.1.0 - 75K library, playlists & LMS cache on Sata SSD (ntfs)
    Study - Pi4/Pi screen/pCP 8.1.0 > HiFiBerry DAC HAT > Edifier
    Lounge - Pi2/pCP 8.1.0 > HiFiBerry DIGI+ > Topping E30 > AVI DM5
    Dining Room - Echo Show 8
    Garage - Rpi4/pCP/AP mode > Touch > Edifier

    Spares - 1xTouch, 1xSB Radio. 1xSB3, 6xRPi, 1xDAC32, 1xCORE32

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    Is there a specific reason you want a Raspberry Pi? Do you have a lot of local music files? Where will they be stored?

    Just driving by to plug the Wyse 3040, which is an Intel Atom based 4"x4" thin client that I'm sure will run pretty much any x86_64 Linux distro.

    I mean for $50 shipped (depending on where you are located) you get a case, power supply, 8GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM and USB ports:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/14424842887...0AAOSwnPtggtV0

    The one above even includes onboard wifi, which they all don't. Depends on what you need.

    If you need to swap in more onboard storage or need more horsepower, go with the Wyse 5070.

    Both are passively cooled, complete solutions with case and PSU and give you a lot of flexibility beyond LMS. Just a suggestion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodface View Post
    Is there a specific reason you want a Raspberry Pi? Do you have a lot of local music files? Where will they be stored?

    Just driving by to plug the Wyse 3040, which is an Intel Atom based 4"x4" thin client that I'm sure will run pretty much any x86_64 Linux distro.

    I mean for $50 shipped (depending on where you are located) you get a case, power supply, 8GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM and USB ports:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/14424842887...0AAOSwnPtggtV0

    The one above even includes onboard wifi, which they all don't. Depends on what you need.

    If you need to swap in more onboard storage or need more horsepower, go with the Wyse 5070.

    Both are passively cooled, complete solutions with case and PSU and give you a lot of flexibility beyond LMS. Just a suggestion!
    Nice resource. Thanks for sharing

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