Would it be possible to have a folder of MP3 files somewhere on the system, then on the boot menu, it would randomly choose one to play and basically create a playlist out of them? I think this would be a cool feature to add to my gaming cabinet. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
You mean the system menu or on the splash screen? For the splash screen your best bet would be to make multiple videos (of a static image if that’s all you want) with the music playing, and use the splash screen randomizer (http://blog.petrockblock.com/forums/topic/splashscreen-randomizer/) to pick them randomly.
If you want it on the systems menu or Emulationstation as a whole, I don’t think it’s currently possible. Hopefully someone who knows more about Linux systems and ES/Retropie as a whole can give more help.
Actually, all I was looking for was background music on the system menu, not the splashscreen. The system menu just seems a bit boring, and I’d like to spice it up a bit on my system. If possible, please let me know, thanks.
One quick way is to run a script in the background checking for the existence of a few processes. The bash script should work if you use all RetroArch emulators, and will play random mp3s in the background until a game is launched.
while true; do
if [ "$RA" ]; then
elif [ ! "$RA" ] && [ ! "$M123" ] && [ "$ES" ]; then
mpg123 -q -Z ~/RetroPie/media/mp3/* &>/dev/null &