I have all of my music on a network drive hooked up to an Ubuntu server. I can access the music from my Ubuntu laptop. The problem is that I can't find a program that will use my samba connection to access the music directly. Any suggestions?


I would suggest you use a streaming server application.

There is ampache (amarok, andriod client, ..), which is a PHP + Mysql webstreaming application. http://ampache.org/wiki/clients:amarok

and there is the Firefly Mediaserver http://www.fireflymediaserver.org/
Firefly has also the support to stream to iTunes and lots of other applications including Rhythmbox.

I would suggest the Firefly because it is a little bit easier to setup.

  • Very nice! I went with Firefly because it's a cool name. Thanks for the advice! That's exactly what I was looking for! – HughH Sep 10 '10 at 4:17
  • I've been using firefly mediaserver since it was called mt-daapd, and it works great with amarok and other linux music players. – ImaginaryRobots Sep 10 '10 at 19:08
  • I use forked-daapd since development on mt-daapd seems to be dead. It is a rewrite and under active development (for now). Although it is not in the Ubuntu repos, it is in the Debian ones, so it shouldn't be hard to install it on Ubuntu. – dAnjou Jun 13 '11 at 11:50

I add a Bookmark to the Samba share and then add Music Collection via /home//.gvfs//

Only issue is that you need to open the connection to the share first.

Or as Oli put you could go down the route of adding to Fstab.


If your connection to the network mount is always there, you could write an /etc/fstab entry for it.

MountWindowsSharesPermanently - Community Help Wiki

Alternatively, there's NFS but both will struggle and splutter when you're away from the network.

  • That's what i did with my Windoze machines (basically mapping a network drive). I agree it's a pain when away from the network, so I went with Firefly. thanks for the info! – HughH Sep 10 '10 at 4:19

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