Controlling Rhythmbox music player from android phone over wifi

I have a small Wi-Fi network at home consisting of a 3G wireless router, a build server which doubles up as the media server with a PCI Wi-Fi card and a few laptops and phones. That provides me with a neat network with no cables laying around. Some of the advantages of having all the devices in the house connected in a LAN is that you can work on the server from a laptop through ssh, and also do stuff like control music playing on the server from the phone.


I have been using Rhythmbox for a while now. Its a nice Gnome based media player because it offers many features but among them, the two most useful are heavy organization and categorization of music, and extendability through plugins, some of which are 3rd party. I have lately come across one plugin that allows remote control of the player, coupled with an android app, Banshee Remote.

The easier way

An easier way to add the repository would be with add-apt-repository, install all the plugins in the repo :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox-plugins
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-plugin-complete

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