It's so long since I did anything in the Mac arena that I feel like a total noob. So forgive me if these are juvenile questions, but ...
I have an opportunity to make use of an aged PowerMac (c. 1994).
PowerMac PC 6100/60
160 MB disk
16 MB RAM
Navigator 3.01j browser
I would like to use this machine as an 'audio client' to play MP3's on a stereo system, reading the music files from my WinXP PC.
Connectivity. Does this machine speak TCP/IP?
I already have both wired or wireless switches as options on my home network. What will I have to do to get the Mac attached?
Media. The WinXP box has multiple hard drives; from 60 GB to 160 GB; some FAT32, some NTFS; the music files are plentiful (many thousands). Am I going to have trouble reading music files from this environment across a home network?
Output. Does this PowerMac have music/audio output natively onboard, or is an additional soundcard or similar H/W required to hook up to my amp?
Software. I see from download.com that "MPEG Audio Realtime Player 1.74" and "MacPlay 1.4b2" are compatible with System 7.5. Would you recommend these or other choices for my proposed setup?
Reality. Is all of this just wishful thinking? Is this going to perform like a dog, or make a nice music appliance? Which is one way of asking "what would you do?" and "where would you go for info on how to make this work?" (research time I've got; money, not so much!)
Thanks for all your input and opinions.