Hifiberry Setup

October 14, 2019

Notes on how to setup my Raspberry Pi 3b with the Hifiberry Digi+ Standard module.

Setup Raspbian Buster

Download Raspbian Buster Lite or the latest Raspbian lite release. Use balenaetcher to copy the image to an SD card.

Headless setup

Create /boot/wpa_supplicant.conf:


  ssid="<Name of your WiFi>"
  psk="<Password for your WiFi>"

Create ssh and place int the root directory as well to enable ssh.

To remove the driver for the on-board soundcard and use Hifiberry Digi instead, edit /boot/config.txt:

# dtparam=audio=on


Boot into the raspberry, connect via ssh. Run raspbi-config, set a new root password.

Update all packages: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.

Setup spotifyd

Following the wiki page, download and unpack the latest binary:

mkdir spotifyd
cd spotifyd/
wget [latest armv6 release]
unzip spotifyd-*.zip -d

Configure systemd startup

$ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Spotifyd/spotifyd/master/contrib/spotifyd.service
$ sudo cp spotifyd.service /etc/systemd/system/spotifyd.service

# change the execution directory to the directory created above
ExecStart=/home/pi/spotifyd/spotifyd --no-daemon

# change the executing user to pi

# ensure the systemd service is started automatically:
$ systemctl enable spotifyd.service

Configure spotifyd

# A minimal `/etc/spotifyd.conf` configuration file:
device_name = raspberrypi
bitrate = 320

ALSA issues



pi@raspberrypi:/etc $ amixer controls
numid=1,iface=MIXER,name='Tx Source'

pi@raspberrypi:/etc $ amixer cget numid=1
numid=1,iface=MIXER,name='Tx Source'
  ; type=ENUMERATED,access=rw------,values=1,items=2
  ; Item #0 'S/PDIF RX'
  ; Item #1 'AIF'
  : values=0

pi@raspberrypi:/etc $ amixer cset numid=1 50%
numid=1,iface=MIXER,name='Tx Source'
  ; type=ENUMERATED,access=rw------,values=1,items=2
  ; Item #0 'S/PDIF RX'
  ; Item #1 'AIF'
  : values=1

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