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HOW IT ALL STARTED
Volumio project was born in late 2013, just after the release of the first Raspberry PI model. Michelangelo was personally frustrated by the lack of valid solutions to emancipate digital music playback from ordinary PC, usually loud, big and inconvenient machines to place in a living room. As an afternoon project, Michelangelo developed a minimal audio-oriented Linux Distribution called RaspyFi and made it available via a small blog. To his great surprise, it gathered lot of attention and a very constructive response.
This initial low commitment project evolved during the years, becoming what is now Volumio, and turned into a full-time commitment.
WHAT IS VOLUMIO?
Volumio is a Free and Open Source Linux Distribution, designed and fine-tuned exclusively for music playback. It runs on a variety of devices, typically small and cheap computers like the Raspberry PI, but also on low power PCs, notebooks or thin clients.
By flashing (installing) Volumio on any of this platforms, it will then become an headless Audiophile Music Player. Headless means that the only way to control it will be with another Mobile phone, computer or tablet.
This is made possible by Volumio’s UI: a web applications that runs on any device with a browser, and that allows an easy and intuitive control of your playback sessions. All communications between the webapp and Volumio will happen trough your home network.
Volumio is now a company, Volumio SRL, which still retains the original principles of the project, and trying to continuously improve project’s quality, impact and outreach.
Our guidelines are:
Keep the project as open as possible. We strongly believe that Free and Open Source Software is beneficial not only for ethical and philosophical reasons, but also will make our project better in the medium and long term. Volumio has originated, during those years, lots of forks which in turn generated competition, resulting in the end to increase our efforts to push our standards to higher levels.
Three main product features: sound quality, ease of use, ability to play any kind of music source. Volumio is often referred as a “no-frills” Audiophile Music Player, and this is one of the most appreciated aspects of it. As in many other engineering and social fields of applications, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and we’re committed to keep it that way (even if we focused a lot on aesthetics, since it’s an important part of the usability experience).
Develop a sustainable monetization and growth plan. Volumio as a company helped various OEMs engineer and developed tailored music solutions. This not only helped the project financially, allowing us to work on it on a full-time basis, but lots of the improvements and modifications were incorporated in the software stack you can download for free. In parallel, the shop and premium subscriptions will help the project with a stable revenue income, granting the assurance our customers, partners and users to have an ethically proven and financially solid company to rely on.
Foster critical thinking and user education on audio matters. There’s no other field in technology that relies on myths and weak informations as the audio industry. Our goal is to promote a scientific, where possible, approach to digital audio.
MyVolumio is a set of premium features, together with some cloud wizardry that expand Volumio capabilities. There are 2 paid plans of MyVolumio, that includes all the features from Volumio Free plus exclusive, according to the plan chosen.
Main Features of MyVolumio:
- Use MyVolumio on up to 6 devices
- Remote Control from MyVolumio.org
- Automatic Backup and Sync
- TIDAL and QOBUZ Native Integrations
- TIDAL Connect
- CD Playback and Ripping
- Highresaudio.com Integrations
- Bluetooth Audio Playback Input
- Digital and Analog Inputs Playback
Volumio’s Audiophile Music Player and Streamer is a superbly balanced sound in an elegantly simple form factor with an impressive set of input and output capabilities.
Main Features of Volumio Primo:
- Hi Quality Audio Output powered by ESS ES9038Q2M DAC
- HDMI Video Output
- UPNP DLNA Renderer with Open Home support
- USB Audio Output up to PCM 32 bit 768 kHz and DSD512
- SPDIF Audio Output up to 24 bit 192 kHZ
- Supported Formats: DSD, WAV, FLAC, Alac, Aac, Vorbis, Cue, Mp3 and more
- Playback control and configuration via Web-app from anything with a browser
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