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.
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 owner.
Here’s our recommended free and open source software that runs under Windows.
|Personal music host server that's designed to be as simple as possible
|Stream from your own computer. Your media — your terms
|Streaming media (audio/video) server
|Music Player Daemon
|Flexible, powerful, server-side application for playing music
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