Quick way to play remote audio files locally ( Linux )

ssh user@remote "cat /remote/music/dir/*.mp3" | mpg123 -
This is just a quick and dirty way to play remote audio files *locally* in your PC. The best way is to mount the remote Music directory into the local FS, say by using sshfs: sshfs user@remote:/remote/music/dir/ /mnt/other_pc/

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By: erix
2013-02-15 20:03:21

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