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I am looking for a Media Player that can be remote controlled with a Desktop Software (or even Web based) over the network. I know that there are tons of streaming servers and clients but that's exactly what I don't want to do.

The scenario is: I have small Ubuntu File/Media Server that is connected to the stereo and two notebooks (Mac OS and Ubuntu) that should control the Media Servers Media player. I didn't find any good solution for that yet and I don't really want to use a remote desktop connection (ideally the desktop program should e.g. support importing new media to the server over the network and the server player runs only on command line).

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For music, you can use MPD (Music Player Daemon), which was specifically designed with remote control in mind. It runs as a server process and is controlled by clients like Sonata.

For video, I think you could use VLC, which can be remote-controlled from browser.

(sorry, as a new user, I can only post one link)

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Thanks, looks pretty good. I will check that out. – Daff Jul 31 '09 at 16:45


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There are also iPhone and Android apps that can act as remotes for VLC. – Andrew Scagnelli Jul 30 '09 at 12:55
If your stuck with linux on the media server than VLC is probably the best way to go. If you could serve files some OS X there would be some better options I think. – Bryan Schuetz Jul 30 '09 at 14:51

It looks like Remuco might be a good bet SourceforgeWikiPage . It's a remote control system for Linux mediaplayers and mobile devices equipped with bluetooth or wifi. Looks like it would work with Banshee, Amarok and a bunch of other choices. (I'd assume you could run the client from your laptop or if you have a useable phone use that.

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