We're mostly an Apple shop here at Liquidstate HQ and heavy Spotify users.  We're already using Sonos in a few rooms but wanted something in our livingroom.  There's already an overly expensive AV receiver and speakers there, so shelling out on an Airport Express seemed excessive.  So, instead I decided to install Shairport on our Raspberry Pi, which we already have hooked up and acting as a PBX to reduce on nuisance calls.

So, here's how we did that:

First install some pre-reqs.

apt-get install git libao-dev libssl-dev libcrypt-openssl-rsa-perl libio-socket-inet6-perl libwww-perl avahi-utils libmodule-build-perl

Now install the Perl module to handle the Apple SDP protocol:

cd perl-net-sdp
perl Build.PL
./Build test
./Build install
cd ..

Install and configure Shairport:

git clone https://github.com/albertz/shairport
cd shairport
make install
cp shairport.init.sample /etc/init.d/shairport
chmod +x /etc/init.d/shairport
update-rc.d shairport defaults

Configure sound on the HDMI port:

echo 'snd-bcm2835' >> /etc/modules
echo 'hdmi_drive=2' >> /boot/config.txt
apt-get install alsa-utils
sed -i 's/^pcm.front cards.pcm.front/pcm.front cards.pcm.default/' /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf
amixer cset numid=3 2

Now reboot and see if it all works!  The default name for the AirPort receiver is "ShairPort" - you can change this in the init.d script if you like.