Douglas, excellent thread. Guys, excellent answers. So I'm going to piggie back. I have a huge music library of ripped and purchased music in the Apple format on a big Netgear NAS. Those are built around a little linux server. Is there a way to stream that through the net to my iPad or netbook when I'm not hooking up to my home LAN? I was doing this with VLC about 7 years ago. I would have it broadcast over the net and would pop up tv shows while I was at work. If I wanted to load something new into the channel I would do that thru remote desktop. I'm sure it's pretty straight forward to do the same thing in several different software. I've just never had a reason to do it. I don't see how a networked server is the most complicated. To me it's the most flexible and easy to setup.