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Is it possible to play MP3 files from a USB flashdrive using an arduino? Answered

I just had a cool idea but need to know if this is possible. Can I play MP3 files from a flashdrive using only an arduino (no shields). If there is any way at all, please, give me your advice. Thanks!

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Krayzi99 (author)2012-06-15

I don't believe anyone else understands why he is doing this. He wants to play a mp3 from arduino, am I correct? I am also interested, btw...

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steveastrouk (author)2012-02-09

No. Its not got the processing power to do it natively.

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Robot Lover (author)steveastrouk2012-02-10

What if I used a USB host shield? Or is that strictly for peripherals?

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steveastrouk (author)Robot Lover2012-02-11

You're still stuck, because you can't decode MP3 fast enough, even assuming you can find the algorithm and interpret it into AVR assembler.

Steve

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steveastroukBest Answer (author)2012-02-09

Atmel DO make a processor with the on-board processing engine for MP3, but its a lot of hassle to do it.

It will be impossible to talk to a USB flashdrive with an Arduino too.

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astroboy907 (author)2012-02-09

Buy a cheap shuffle-like player (or any other player) from ebay (10-20$). Then hack out the output and all the control pins :)

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Robot Lover (author)astroboy9072012-02-09

I would do this but my idea is to make a portable MP3 player that can read MP3 files from a USB drive. Not really like playing the MP3 files for a project or anything. Thanks anyway!

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rickharris (author)2012-02-09

Not even easy in a raw PIC (The programming that is.) Buy a media streaming box - Some are little bigger than a flash drive anyway and may cost only £20 or so.

http://www.ebuyer.com/store/Visual/cat/Media-Players-and-Wireless-streaming

Example.

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