What's the best airplay client for raspberry pi?

I would like to make an airplay speaker and would like to know the best way to do it.

shairport-sync is pretty popular. If you have / or plan to purchase a pHAT DAC you can use our one-line installer and it will set everything up for you:

curl https://get.pimoroni.com/airdac | bash

… otherwise you should be able to find instructions to build it from source (though, technically, you could use the above and restore the on-board audio, but that is not what it was designed for and it may lead to more problem than is worth).

would shairport work with speaker phat and if so what would i have to do for it?

I haven’t tried it, but it should work. The best way would be to run the airdac script first, then the speakerphat installer, in that order.

whats the speaker phat installer?

curl https://get.pimoroni.com/speakerphat | bash

… there will soon be a unified interface to avoid having to remember all of those, but until then the product page typically has links to github repositories and/or tutorials that speacifically mention those.

curl https://get.pimoroni.com/airdac | bash
curl https://get.pimoroni.com/speakerphat | bash

and is that all i need to do?

it should be. untested though, but I’ll give it a go in the next few days to pre-empt any unforeseen gremlin.

Ok when you’ve tested it please could you put a tutorial on your learn page and put a link on this question?

I had a quick look and we’ll need to figure out how shairport-sync works in more details. But, strictly speaking the Speaker pHAT is supported through the existing airdac script although you won’t get the VU meter going.

… so, until further notice, well:

curl https://get.pimoroni.com/airdac | bash

is all you need.

If we find a way to support VU then we’ll make sure it can be set up from that same script (and will post a notice here).

Ok thanks for the help It’s always Ben a pain getting shairport to work before