First of all: I am on Mac OS X and would love to stay here, but I can switch to Linux if needed (Virtual Machines).

I am looking for an iTunes and Spotify mixture.

I have a great music collection that I like to share and create playlists with. I discover music on Spotify and love the integration in Clementine 1.2. I like iTunes GUI and the ability to share the music around the house. So I don't have to copy the music to every PC.

So the software should be able to have a "share" function. What I also love about Spotify is the remote-editing on playlists.

My current setup allows me to SSH into my server at home and play music from around the world. But I can only play the music, not edit it (stars rating, add infos, correct a mistake …).

Even at home I can't do that with iTunes. I have to create a VNC connection to the server to actually edit something.

Also adding music is a pain because of these reasons.

Clementine is pretty near to what I need, it also integrates Spotify, but it can't share the music on the network (as far as I know).

So I'm looking for a software that is similar to Clementine, but can also remote-edit and share its contents.

I am prepared to pay for it, if there is a solution. And I would love to find a solution that is made Open Source and extendable.

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Subsonic seems to meet your requirements. It's a music manager that is used on server and allows you to :

  • Stream music, and share it (but you won't need to copy anything)
  • Edit tag, stars rating, add infos, on a user basis
  • Is integrated to Clementine too (but I recon I prefer to use the playlist instead of the Subsonic plugin).
  • It is open-source, wrote in Java
  • Works on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X !
  • It has a lot of others apps compatible (Android, iOs, PC) through a remote API. But for that functionality you need to pay a monthly fee (of only 1$ per month, which is quite honest for the amount of features provided).
  • Except for the remote API (which i described just above), Subsonic is free !

Just a personal piece of mind : If you have a server, and don't use services like Spotify, Google Music or Deezer, then Subsonic is a must have.

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    Thanks for the answer, I am using Madsonic now, which is a great fork of Subsonic.
    – rwenz3l
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 15:50
  • Update: Many month later I can still recommend Subsonic/Madsonic, but would also point to Plex (which has better support for mobile usage) and JamStash (My GoTo Web-Player besides Plex when using Subsonic).
    – rwenz3l
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 9:10

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