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(I wrote a previous post, but I posted it in the wrong place and it wasn't clear anyway. Sorry.)

Say I download an mp3* on my Linux laptop. I want it to play on the housewide speakers, which are connected to a Mac. What can I do that doesn't require me to use VNC or ssh?

sherm pointed out that iTunes is not a RAOP server in any case, so looking into free software implementations of that isn't useful.

To respond to some of the other suggestions: even if I had network file sharing set up (which is messy given that our IPs are assigned with DHCP, the laptop goes on and off the network, etc. etc.) or set up a streaming server, I still need some way of telling the Mac "start playing". That's why I was looking at "push" mechanisms for audio.

Looking over the options I considered, writing an OS X backend for PulseAudio is looking more promising.

* Try this one. It recently got stuck in my head, even though I first heard it months ago.