This stumped me for a while; sorry if it is trivial for everybody else.
Setup: my music is stored on my desktop (192.168.2.101)
I wanted a simple way to play the files on my netbook (so the sound comes from the netbook speakers)
Solution - install mplayer and ssh. In a terminal on the netbook issue the command:
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org "cat music.mp3" | mplayer -
note the "-" at the end. Login with User's password when prompted. mplayer will play through the netbook speakers. Can replace music.mp3 with a directory structure eg. /music/foo/bar/*.mp3
This is different from the usual set-up where the sound is played back through the desktop speakers (eg:
ssh -X -luser 192.168.2.101, then login as user and run, for example, quodlibet on the desktop through an X screen)
I usually just set up NFS for stuff like this, but check out SSH-FS if you're looking for a nice temporary solution.
Your solution is more than unconventional. Everybody - including me, myself and I - would have told you what ralfonso said: Mount a remote folder using nfs or samba... but catting an mp3 like that is far from beeing trivial. You just expanded the horizon of yet another linux noob
I'm so meta, even this acronym