Hallo, I was sick and tired of the slow, cumbersome spigot~ way of playing mp3s so I developed my own (slighty shonky) mxj~ object to stream mp3s from disk, using jLayer. Don't know if anyone else will find this useful, but below is the download link. The rar contains the .class, the required .jar file, the source, and an example (max5).
It's pretty feature slim - play pause seek - but it's good for what I need it for. If anyone fancies improving/extending it, pm me and i'll do my best to explain the code (obviously it's not commented).