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