Description: The SparkFun MP3 Player Shield is an awesome MP3 decoder with the capabilities of storing music files onto a run-of-the-mill microSD card, thus giving you the ability toadd music or sound effects to any project. With this board you can pull MP3 files from an microSD card and play them using only one shield, effectively turning any Arduino into a fully functional stand-alone MP3 player! The MP3 Shield utilizes the VS1053B MP3 audio decoder IC to decode audio files. The VS1053 is also capable of decoding Ogg Vorbis/MP3/AAC/WMA/MIDI audio and encoding IMA ADPCM and user-loadable Ogg Vorbis.
The VS1053 receives its input bitstream through a serial input bus (SPI). After the stream has been decoded by the IC, the audio is sent out to both a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, as well as a 2-pin 0.1" pitch header.
This shield comes populated with all components as shown in the images and schematic; but it does not come with headers installed. We recommend the Arduino R3 Stackable Header Kit.
Based on 4 ratings:
1 of 2 found this helpful:
I got 2 piecess of this card. It works fine, but I was surprised at the lack of Ardiino staddard fixing holes. They were in the previous version that I received about a year ago.
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All examples worked exactly the way they should, and I was able to attach it to an amp circuit very easily.
This is a very nice shield for Arduino, it worked smoothly and I was able to connect play audio files with some push buttons.
Pros: Can play a specific audio track by calling its name, cheap price.
Cons: Separate pin headers, have to solder them, have to install 4 libraries, limited to only 9 audio tracks to be played. Audio tracks have to be of DOS 8.3 format, requires an SD card, and audio files must be stored on the root folder.
I created a full step by step tutorial on how to use and compared it to 1Sheeld’s music player shield.
Here is the link: http://1sheeld.com/1sheeld-vs-sparkfun-mp3-player-shield/
I had some initial trouble that turned out to be operator induced. Once I corrected my error, it worked fine.