Just a quick demo of what can be done with Python, a RaspberryPi and the Digital RGB LED strip from Adafruit (product page: http://www.adafruit.com/products/306 )
In today’s posting I want to share my experience setting up Shairport on my RaspberryPi. As I am by far not the first one describing this process I want to focus on the one step that didn’t work out immediately (missing Perl module). If you are not familiar with AirPlay have a look at Apples official site (Airplay @ Apple Site) or have a look at the Wikipedia site (Airplay @ Wikipedia. This tutorial is again based on Debian Wheezy (2012-10-28-wheezy-raspbian.img from the official RaspberryPi website)
First, set the audio output to the 3.5mm audio jack that comes with your RaspberryPi. If you own an USB sound device feel free to use that.
amixer cset numid=3 1
Change the last digit to 2 for HDMI or 0 for automatic.
Shairport has a few dependencies you have to resolve before you can install it.
Use the following command to install them:
apt-get install git libao-dev libssl-dev libcrypt-openssl-rsa-perl libio-socket-inet6-perl libwww-perl avahi-utils
After that, clone the Shairport git repository to you local disk
git clone https://github.com/albertz/shairport.git shairport
Change to the newly created directory and start the make process
make; make install
Afterwards execute the newly created Perl script
After a few seconds you might see a Perl error similar to “Can not find NET::SDP.pm”. If that happens open cpan.
If this is the first time – after a fresh installation – you enter cpan it will probably start to update itself to the latest version.
After the update process has finished, reload cpan and install NET::SDP by entering:
If you want to start Shairport automatically after booting your RaspberryPi – feel free to use the init script located in the Shairport directory.