Getting the Beaglebone Black was only supposed to be a fun lesson in following a set of Linux instructions for audio playback, and assessing the merits of embedded systems with low power requirements. The results were convincing enough to share for the first blog, and this next set of instructions is an alternative configuration that will appeal to those who are finding MPD and network mounts to be too complex. With the Squeezebox Ecosystem, the NAS/PC/Mac runs Logitech Media Server and the Beaglebone
-or known as the ‘Summer Holiday’ project. Credit mainly goes to Richard Dale for the build instructions that I simply followed to get ‘bit-perfect’ audio playback with a USB DAC. We shared the view that embedded systems like this are adequate, even for high-end setups. Since I have no previous experience of programming or understanding Linux, I’ll admit it was a big learning curve, and without Richard’s support I would have been hopelessly lost on many occasions.