Odroid C2 | custom media center

Have you ever played or streamed sound controlled in a command line? I myself play & stream every sound controlled through  command line interface. To achieve that I use an odroid c2 connected to my av-receiver.


That’s how you control your streaming – no GUI, no video and no diversion:

Select YouTube audio to stream with „1, 6 7 or 1-5 …“
Stream a range of audios from YouTube with mplayer
Stream a range of audios from YouTube with mplayer
0: Application – Setup:
1: Get the odroid ready:
  1. Download the current Ubuntu 16.04LTS Mate Image from here
  2. Flash the image on a SDcard or an eMMC-module according to this instructions.

Don’t update your Ubuntu installation – in my case it produced swapping and memory errors during boot after some reboots – I hope it will be better in the future.

2: Install mps-youtube and more:
  1. Install Python3(Ubuntu)
    sudo apt-get install python3
  2. Install pip3 (pyton package system)
    wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py
    python get-pip.py
  3. Install mps-youtube & youtube_dl

    [sudo] pip3 install mps-youtube
    [sudo] pip3 install youtube_dl
  4. Install mplayer

    sudo apt-get install mplayer
  5. Install ffmpeg

    sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
3: Terminal – SSH – screen – issue:

In my case the the streaming stopped after some time randomly in the ssh session and I haven’t figured out jet why, because mplayer was still running. Only the mps-youtube gui stopped updating the status from the mplayer stream. I tried using screen, background running with command to process and more but it always stopped playing randomly.

Solution: if you start a screen session on logon within your GUI terminal it looked like the problem will not occur. So something must be different if you create a screen session with in a ssh-session or within a GUI-terminal. In my case I have MATE-Terminal.

Do a automatic GUI logon on boot and afterwards run automated a script insight your GUI-terminal or start directly „screen“ in your terminal. I prefer the script version because I will add some other features in future.

-e, --command
Execute the argument to this option inside the terminal

But after all, sometimes it looks like if the python mps-youtube application has some bugs and stops updating and finally crashes after some time.

First try:

Now you are able to run „mpsyt“ insight the existing screen session. If you are accessing your system over ssh you can attach the screen session with „screen -rd“.
List all screen sessions with „screen -ls“.

Mpsyt is very easy to use: „/xxx“ for search,  „1-12“ will play the first 12 listed songs.

4: Setting up mps-youtube:

Customizing the result list:

set columns user:14 date category:9

To download audios or videos from YouTube we have to set some more settings insight mps-youtube.

set encoder 1 {1 = MP3 256k}
set audio_format m4a
set ddir <download direcory>

This configuration will enable you to download audios and automatically converting them to MP3. You need youtube_dl and ffmpeg installed on your system.

Have a look at the possibly commands („h“ or „help„) for additional information’s and how to use the player.

5: Making SSH easy to use with SSH-Keys:

We will need this for the audio synchronization later. If you don’t want to type the password every time you synchronize the audios.

  1. Generate a SSH-RSA key pair
    ssh-keygen -t rsa
  2. Copy the SSH-Key to your media system
    ssh-copy-id user@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
  3. Login to your media system without using the password
  4. Repeat this with all your devices which you want to use to download

More informations and a nice How-To are available at digitalocean.

6: Sync the downloaded audios to a device:

For that, you must have installed „rsync“ on both system.  Using rsync for syncing two directories.

rsync -Pav user@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx: <download direcory> Music/sync

Info: I have a rooted Android phone and so i can sync the audios with the same command because Android has „ssh-keygen“ + „ssh“ + „rsync“ onboard. 🙂

7: Play audios from local directory with a command line player:

In my case I use cmus and mp3blaster. Both are more or less easy to use and are doing the job well.

Have fun with your command line audio system 😀