Multi Room Audio Part 4 Optional Software

This is the final part of a 4 part blog on on installing a multi room audio system and covers additional software that add the wow factor (as if you didnt have it already). So lets get to it.


Although this is a blog about multiroom audio, its possible that you may situate the raspberry PI near a TV in a room. In that case, you could connect the raspberry PI to the TV and install jivelite.

Using jivelite, you will be able to see all of the album art and “Now Playing” information on the TV screen (no audio as that’s handled separately). If you think thats worth having, the follow the instructions below:

(1) login to the raspberry pi.

(2) run raspi-config and select option 3 (boot options) and the option B1 “boot to console, login required”

sudo raspi-config

(3) Install some libraries

sudo apt-get install git libsdl1.2-dev libsdl-ttf2.0-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev libsdl-gfx1.2-dev libexpat1-dev

(4) Install luajit

cd /home/pi

git clone
cd luajit-2.0
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig
cd ..

(5) Install jivelite

git clone git clone
cd jivelite

(6) Run jivelite and set the screen options.

(7) Get jivelite to start automatically on bootup

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

and add the following  line of text just before the exit 0 at the end

/home/pi/jivelite/bin/jivelite &

Now it should run at bootup.

An example of phone control here

Logitech Squeezebox

Grab this app from the Itunes or Android app store. It allows you yo have full control over the multi room audio system from yout phone or tablet.

O2 Joggler tablets.

Rather than using my phone, I like to have a joggler on display in each room that shows whats placing (you could also use a tablet).

All credit for this goes tobirdslikewires and I had this running in a few minutes using their in instructions. so here is their link

Now if you have managed to follow all 4 parts of this blog, then you will have created a great multi room audio system that still has a visual impact.

WhereThingsAreBorn 🙂





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