There's a lot of "media library" managers and players out there, e.g.
Windows Media Player
They all seem to have one thing in common - they're designed to be used on a single PC, where the music collection is stored locally on the hard drive.
Sure, some of them can be bludgeoned into working with music over the network, but it is always slow, flaky, and requires special configuration and tweaking to make it work. Concurrently accessing the same database from multiple computer usually results in a corrupted database after a while.
Is there a media library / music management program that is designed from the ground up to have a server component (which handles the database and storage), and a client (which runs on the PC and actually plays the music) out there?
Something that uses a REAL database technology that is designed for concurrent access from several different computers at once?
Something which maybe even has a halfway decent smartphone app to access the same database from your phone over the Internet as well? (Or maybe that's asking too much...)
I'm sure there are lots of small projects out there that do this. A quick googling found me Helium Music Manager
, but is there anything out there that is big, mature, established and actually works?