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I have a ubuntu machine that is connected to my house's sound system. Is there a way I can control what it is playing remotely? I have SSH access if necessary.

I typically use Rhythmbox to play music.

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Have you considered a X-Windows Terminal export from the Ubuntu to your local machine? You will need a X-Server on your local machine (not as tough as it sounds) and some setup on the Ubuntu to export-X. It will give you a view of the Ubuntu desktop directly with all the controls. This has been done since before Microsoft Windows ':-)` –  nik May 7 '10 at 4:13

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I have two ideas:

(1) Use turn on remote desktop on the Ubuntu box to be accessed by computers elsewhere in the house via a VNC client. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ubuntu-remote-desktop-builtin-vnc-compatible-dead-easy/

(2) Run Xbox Media Center (XBMC) on the Ubuntu box and operate with a remote on your iPhone, Android, or PC: http://lifehacker.com/5501010/enhance-your-xbmc-experience-with-remote-controls-for-any-device

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It looks like rhythmbox has a command line client called rhythmbox-client

You can obviously find a command list in the man pages, and a quick Google yielded this page: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-436392.html

Also, if you're willing to give up Rhythmbox, VLC can create a web interface easily. There is documentation on the VLC website.

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I can't get rhythmbox-client to work, it complains about dbus –  Malfist May 7 '10 at 3:56

At my previous employer I set up a web jukebox using RoomJuice, it's quite simple and easy to use.

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