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Well, I am embarassed to ask, but what should I do?

I wish to set up a simple server with all of our media files hosted on it, and run something on it that allows simple remote access around our household using Macs and Windows PCs to the media player, to select the files to play. I.E. Johnny in the kitchen selects a file (located on the server) to play, which will be played through my home's integrated sound system, which houses all connections next to the server, in a room far far away.

VNC/RDP is way over kill for such simple interactions and I feel like I must be reinventing the wheel here...I know I can write a very simple implementation of this using just about any language, but I feel like this must be overkill....
What should I do to achieve this?

Any thoughts? Good suggestions will be rewarded with love, care and happiness!
Bad suggestions will make me sit at my computer finding the most easily extensible media player.
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So this is sound only and the server will always output the audio? I would say mpd+ncmpcpp on the server controlled by SSH clients. Very light and simple interface and there is no conflict with multiple clients connected.

If you wanted to (optionally) stream the audio locally you could always configure the httpd output in mpd.

edit: I run roughly the same setup except I disable output on the server..I use this setup to stream to clients both in and out of LAN.
Edited by evermooingcow - 1/4/11 at 8:29pm
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