m9u is a music server, similar to mpd or xmms2. It sits in the background, waiting for commands to be delivered via a 9p file system. m9u embraces the Unix philosophy of doing one thing well. As such, it does not try to catalog or otherwise organize music, but aims for the more humble goal of simply playing it. A side effect of this approach is that m9u is trivially extensible to domains aside from music (for example, an image slideshow).
The dsnapshot script provides a high-level interface to the Linux Logical Volume Manager. It uses its block-level snapshot support to create directory snapshots. In contrast to block-level snapshots, directory snapshots resemble the file system layer. Thus, you can snapshot any directory that is on a logical volume without worrying about the actual logical volumes, mount points, and paths.