||[Jan. 8th, 2008|01:01 am]
|||||Ladytron - Seventeen||]|
MPD and Sonata beat the shit out of iTunes and Apple TV as a way to deal with the problem of playing music through speakers that don't suck when your main computer is a laptop you take everywhere.
I have a hacked Apple TV running Ubuntu hooked up to my speakers (with a custom modified Linux kernel that allows the analog audio to work on the Apple TV - if anyone is reading this and needs a patch let me know). I gave it a bigger hard disk, so it'll have plenty of room for any music. It'll be my music master server of sorts, and I'm keeping it up to date with rsync. It's connected to my wifi AP via ethernet and advertises itself with Avahi, so anything behind my router can talk to the MPD.
Sonata is the slickest music player I've seen. I can control the music through my main speakers with Sonata from anywhere in the apartment, with no setup required as long as I'm on my wifi network.