"Music Player Daemon (MPD) is based on the client-server
architecture. The daemon stays in background and actually plays the
tracks while the client(ncmpc) is used to control the playlist,
sounds etc. The real advantage of mpd over other console based
players like cmus, moc, etc is that it allows remote access, that
is, the daemon can run in one computer while the client connects to
it from a remote computer to control it. Combined with icecast, mpd
can be converted into a audio streaming server..."