I installed a number of smb-related programs via Synaptic Package Manager, including smb4k. Had a little trouble with launching it -- was typing "smb4k" and then <ctl-c>'ing out of it from the command line (was running in foreground - doh) -- eventually launched it by typing "smb4k &" per the documentation and after schlepping through Smb4k settings this SMB-CIFS frontend is starting upon bootup. I now have a new folder on my drive under /home/beeblequix/smb4k/MYBOOKWORLD/PUBLIC (also lists ...IPC$). But it doesn't let me just launch Konqueror and browse on into it. Had to set up KDE Wallet for authentication and must supply my password. Now I click the Smb4k application running in the lower right of the KDE Panel which shows my workgroup. Clicking my workgroup requires me to enter my KDE Wallet password, and upon doing that my workgroup computers including my NAS is sitting right there. I browse to the PUBLIC 'network' item from within the Smb4k frontend in the left pane and click on the //MYBOOKWORLD/PUBLIC 'Item' in the right pane. A Konqueror folder pops up and I can finally access the folders under /home/beeblequix/smb4k/MYBOOKWORLD/PUBLIC like I'm used to.
Which brings me back to my original question. Undert Configure Amarok --> Collection I checked /home/beeblequix/music and /home/beeblequix/smb4k/MYBOKOWORLD/PUBLIC/audio for the Collection Folders to be searched. Then I selected Tools --> Rescan Collectoin to build a SQLite database of my modest ~19GB audio file collection (took a few minutes). I'm in business.
Amarok is pretty cool.
Hope this anecdote helps someone else.