Use RFID to call a curl command to homeassistant to play a Google Play playlist
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Music Cards

Click the image below to see a video of it being used

RFID Jukebox with Google Home



  • python evdev. To install:

dpkg -i python-evdev_0.4.1-1_armhf.deb
  • python mpd-2. To install
pip install python-mpd2


Please note that Raspberry Pi Zero is insufficient to run both the Home Assistant and Music Cards concurrently. I recommend you use a Raspberry Pi 3 if you intend to run both at the same time.

Steps to Configure and/or Run once if you dont want Music Cards to AutoStart

  1. Run python to select the reader from the inputs
  2. Run python to scan cards and enter your Google Play Music Playlist Name
  3. Run python to start the application and verify that it is reading your cards and csv list properly

Install Service to AutoStart

  • Change directory to music-cards/
cd music-cards/
  • Copy the musiccards.service file to systemd
sudo cp musiccards.service /etc/systemd/system/musiccards.service
  • Reload the Daemon
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
  • Start the musiccards.service
sudo systemctl start musiccards.service
  • Check if musiccards.service is running
sudo systemctl status musiccards.service

HomeAssistant Setup for Google Music

  1. Place the files under homeassistant_files in the config directory of your Homeassistant machine.
  2. You will need to create custom_components/switch directory in your config directory and place in there.
  3. Follow this forum post to install gmusicapi, find your device id, and set up the component.