I've got a Polaroid tablet that can connect to and browse a network-shared drive on a windows PC. I can copy individual audio files (mp3, flac, etc) and entire folders from the network share to the sd card on the tablet and play those files from the SD card. I can click on and view jpg files on the network share without needing to copy them to the SD card.
However, I have yet to find an audio player (not the native sound player, VLC, etc) that can play the audio files (ie - stream them) from the network share. I get some sort of message that it's trying to connect to "127.0.0.1". I've used a HOSTS file editor and tried to make link between 127.0.0.1 and the local LAN IP of the windows machine, but that doesn't work either.
From doing some internet searches I get the idea that Android is somehow handicapped (on purpose?) from being able to stream audio (and video?) files from network shares. Is this true?
Is there an easy way to fix this? Is there a free app on the android marketplace (which my tablet has access to) that can play music files from network shares?
My tablet details:
Android verison is 4.04
Baseband version 126.96.36.199 2012/08/28
Kernel Version 3.08+