A tip on the Ubuntu media box

Should probably mentioned at the time. While the web interface provided by Jinzora is lovely, it can occasionally be a hammer to crack a nut. Fortunately, the mpd back end can be controlled by a myriad of client applications with only one small tweak.

Assuming your Ubuntu box is behind a firewall (and it should be), you can edit /etc/mpd.conf and amend the “Listens on” configuration variable to be “any” instead of “localhost”. This tells mpd to listen on all interfaces instead of just the loopback address, meaning it can be contacted from external machines directly, without going through Jinzora. You obviously won’t want to do this if your mpd box also happens to be your router (although, obviously, you could get it to listen on the internal interface).

Anyhoo, with this done, and a quick reload of the mpd service, you can download one of the myriad of clients which are currently available for almost every O/S under the sun. As my desktop is Ubuntu, I use Glurp! It’s small and functional and doesn’t have the overhead of a browser.

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