From the mailbag…
Q: Can you do a post with a guide to streaming a local set of MP3s to the device?
Do you have to download a special channel or do you go through pandora or something? I haven’t ever tried anything for just music
The easiest way to play music on a Roku is to add a channel. There are a number of channels for internet sourced music…
- SHOUTcast Internet Radio
- TuneIn Radio
If your Roku has a usb port, you can plug a thumb drive or usb disk into that and play media directly off the usb drive. The Roku supports the following formats…
- Video — MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264)
- Music — AAC, MP3
- Photo — JPG, PNG
The Roku USB channel (in the Channel Store) organizes the files as music, movies, and photos displaying only the file types it can play. In Photo or Music, press the Play button to initiate continuous play. Fast Forward and Rewind navigate the playlist. The channel supports repeat all and shuffle. Nowhere USB is another usb drive file player. With Nowhere USB, you can play videos continuously. PlayUSB remembers where you left a movie so you can resume later.
- USB Media Player: http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/2213/usb-media-player
- Nowhere USB: https://owner.roku.com/Account/ChannelCode/?code=KGULU
- PlayUSB: https://owner.roku.com/add/PlayUSB
If your Roku does not have a usb port, or of you want to play your media library on multiple Rokus, you can stream media from a server using Roksbox ($12.50), Plex ($0), or MyMedia.
- MyMedia: http://www.playon.tv/mymedia
- Plex: https://rokufordummies.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/plex
- RoksBox: http://roksbox.com
Hope that answers your question.