June 27, 2013

Make your own Arduino MP3 player shield

 There are several chipsets on the market for digital music decoding that can be controlled by an Arduino, but using them requires the ancillary hardware such as a memory card reader, analogue output sockets circuitry and so on. After a few moments planning it can often seem that the total cost and effort will reach the cost of a consumer portable MP3 player. 

So why not instead get a cheap portable MP3 player, remove the circuit board and mount this on a shield? Then you can simply wire the buttons to be controlled by your Arduino and it's done. This is exactly what Instructables user "dresch" has done - with great success. They now have an Arduino MP3 shield for less than $40 (or even less if you use a protoshield). 

Furthermore you can download the Eagle files to make your own version, so click here to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

When adding external circuitry to your next Arduino project, and need to make it more permanent than using a solderless breadboard - consider our range of ProtoShields. From the tiny LeoStick to the Mega range, we offer a complete range for you to work with.

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