Enginursday: Spotify Album Artwork Display

Wes and I collaborated on some code to take your current Spotify album art and display it on a 64x64 LED matrix. Let's check it out!

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Over the past few weeks, I've been working on a few square LED matrices and thus have had glowy square projects on the brain. I had the idea to try and snag my current album artwork off Spotify and display it on some of the matrices. I never had enough prototype matrices to make a nice high resolution display, so I moved to a big old 64x64 matrix. This worked, but there were a few kinks and I got busy again, so I let the project go a little.

My coworker Wes wasn't satisfied and wanted to see the project finished so he worked out some of the bugs (mainly pinning the task that grabs the JPEG to a separate core to prevent it from interrupting the display). I figured hey, if Wes is so excited, maybe you would be too! Check out the below project tutorial to get started sending the album artwork from what is currently playing to a display.

Spotify Art Display

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  • Member #184747 / about 5 years ago / 2

    I love it. I also have a small CRT that I was looking for a project for. I was thinking home automation status display but I think album art display is a much cooler idea. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks! I feel like many IoT projects are awesome, but not very stunning visually. Always trying to bridge that gap!

  • Member #717343 / about 5 years ago / 2

    This would make a great add-on for a bluetooth speaker!

    • Oh totally! The beauty is that it just needs a WiFi connection. The issue here is that if your friend plays a song on his own account, the art wont show. You can also use the API to skip songs and such. You may even be able to download the file. I briefly looked into making this a standalone spotify handling device but got busy with other SparkFun stuff

  • This is dope

  • Member #1519964 / about 5 years ago / 1

    This is awesome but Big G makes it that much better!!!

  • MrVideos / about 5 years ago / 1

    engenious stuff Englandsaurus! I can think of many other appliances like the one you gave for spotify... I bet my kids will love next christmas season :)

    • Keep us posted on your application ifyou'd like a little time in the spotlight!! I bet they will too, I wish I had had time to whip up an enclosure in time for Christmas but alas....

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