W8 is pretty locked down from what I understand

After reading many of his posts, I would ask the guy who has the following blog-

http://digitalmediaphile.com/index.php/2013/03/30/using-uncertified-play-to-devices-on-surface-rt-w8-apps/

How about the free Xbox music app? Or is that subscription only? I do see they offer 10 hrs/month free streaming, but it's not clear to me what else ($$) is required. See the fine print on the following page-

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/music/music-pass


An 'end run' may be to run a remote desktop-type app such as Splashtop or TeamViewer. Haven't tested either personally since I run iOS & Android devices most of the time. See here:

http://betanews.com/2013/05/24/remotely-access-your-pc-with-splashtop-2-for-windows-phone-8/