SMB Music

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What is SMB Music?

SMB Music is an application for accessing and playing music files on network file servers and shares that support the SMB protocol. SMB (also called CIFS) is the native network file sharing protocol of Microsoft Windows. Mac OS X 10.1 and later and most Linux distributions support it. SMB is also supported on a variety of other systems, including many network file storage appliances.

SMB Music can play most MP3, MP4 (M4A) and WAV format music files and M3U format playlists. It will not play DRM protected MP4 files.

SMB Music significantly extends the capability of your device by providing access to music libraries that are external to iTunes, especially those that predominantly consist of MP3 music files and M3U playlists. Since SMB Music does not use local device storage, there is essentially no limit to the number of songs that can be accessed and played.

Key features:

Player info screen

Player screen (info)

Player art screen

Player screen (art)

Main screen

Main screen

  • Supports up to four network file share connections
  • Network status detection and auto-recovery
  • Netbios and DNS name resolution
  • Name resolution bypass
  • Informative status messages
  • Configurable file extension filtering
  • Automatic directory indexing
  • Selectable directory sorting
  • File tag display including embedded artwork
  • Configurable folder art display
  • Playlist support with automatic path mapping
  • Automatic directory tree playing
  • Multitasking support and background playing

Important notes:

  • SMB Music requires a WiFi connection. Carrier connections (WWAN) are not supported.
  • SMB Music does not create local copies of files, so device storage capacity is not affected.
  • SMB Music cannot play DRM protected MP4 (M4P) files, such as those purchased through iTunes.
  • SMB Music does not write to the file server, so there is no danger of file modification or virus introduction.
  • SMB Music supports Microsoft Windows 2000 and newer systems. Windows 98 and earlier systems are not supported. SMB Music also supports Samba (2.0 and newer) on Linux and other Unix systems and Mac OS X 10.1 and newer with built-in SMB support.


SMB Music is available now for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store.
SMB Music on the App Store