If I set up a proper media server could MB use it to play my music? I came to MB because I like it and I think this is the best music player around.
But why would a music player can't do what it is for: play my music on my drive - including through the internet? We are well inside the 21st century - c'mon, our everyday life is based on the internet...
Here's the bottom line...
What you want to do can be done!
But, it can't
be done the way you want it to be done...
...by any media player
Therefore, you have three options...
1) Not do it.
2) Do it conventionally (UPnP server)
3) "VPN for just listening your own music"
As has been explained to you several times, MusicBee can always and will always "play my music on my drive - including through the internet." But, that is not the difficulty, which is in accessing your remote hard drive through Windows Explorer. That is what you must research how to do for yourself, because it's a task unrelated to the MusicBee program itself. If you happen upon a simple way to expose your drive to Explorer without using a VPN, we (at least I) would love to hear it and you will have taught us something.
But my reply was specifically referring to the bolded statement that DLNA only works over LAN. Bubble acts as a bridge between the LAN and the Internet, so if he wants to go that route, he'd have DLNA access to his MB library and it would achieve everything but using the actual MB interface to play remotely. He'd have to use Foobar or VLC or something else on the remote computer.
All true, but the original poster doesn't want to use Foobar or VLC; he wants to use MusicBee. That's what's most important to him. While the other solutions offered are certainly easier, faster and more reliable, none of them satisfy his desire to use MusicBee to accomplish said task.