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.
ampache (amarok, andriod client, ..), which is a PHP + Mysql webstreaming application.
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.
If your connection to the network mount is always there, you could write an
/etc/fstab entry for it.
Alternatively, there's NFS but both will struggle and splutter when you're away from the network.