6 of the Best Free Linux Music Servers
A home computer makes an ideal appliance to store and stream
music. The purpose of a music server is to deliver tracks when
requested by a client. The server can deliver music to machines over a
local area network as well as computers connected over the internet.
Linux is widely recognised as an ideal operating system to
serve web pages. But the server capabilities of Linux extend far
beyond merely providing HTTP servers.
There is a wide range of multimedia software available for
Linux which turns your machine into a jukebox. There are even dedicated
Linux distributions (such as VortexBox) that turn your computer into a
music server. This article identifies the best free software which
enables your Linux machine to act as a music server, distributing
digital tracks over a network. Such software supports popular audio
formats such as OGG Vorbis, MP3 and WMA.
We have focused on software which is simple to set up and has
an easy to use interface.
Music server software can be put to a number of different
uses. For example, it provides an excellent way to listen to your music
collection at home, or to listen from a remote location. Alternatively,
users can share their music with friends over the internet. However, it
is important to remember that if you stream music to others on the
internet, you should only use tracks that are available under a free
license, or where permission has been obtained from the copyright
So, let's explore the 6 music servers at hand. For each
application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots (where
relevant), together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
||Personal music server for everyone
based media streaming and management system
||Web based media streamer and jukebox
Vorbis and MP3 streaming media server
||Flexible, powerful, server-side application for
Server for the Roku SoundBridge and iTunes
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Last Updated Saturday, April 06 2013 @ 09:05 AM EST