Description:

Cantata is a (yet another!) client for the music player daemon (MPD). Originally started as a fork of QtMPC, the code is now *very* different. Cantata can be compiled with KDE support, or as a pure Qt4 application. The interface is very configurable - most views can be shown as either a list or tree structure.

Currently Cantata has the following views:

1. Library - Group by either Genre, Album Artist (or Artist if Album Artist not set), or Album
2. Folders - displays MPDs virtual filesystem. (This view is hidden by default)
3. Playlists - standard and dyamic
4. Internet - Radio Streams (allows saving of internet radio URLs, searching for stations via TuneIn or ShoutCast, station listings from; Digitally Imported (+Sky, JazzRadio, RockRadio), TuneIn, IceCast, ShoutCast, SomaFM, etc.) and Online services (Jamendo, Magnatune, SoundCloud, and Podcasts)
5. Devices - enables copying from/to USB-Mass-Storage (UMS) and MTP devices, and ripping AudioCDs
6. Search - search via MPD

The sidebar has a context menu, allowing you to control its style and what items are shown.

Refer to http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/Client:Cantata, and https://raw.githubusercontent.com/CDrummond/cantata/master/README, for further information.


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NOTE: The screenshots on this page are out of date, and only reflect the 1.x codebase

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Changelog:

9 months ago

2.0.0
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Initial release of 2.0, main changes:

1. Use SQLite to cache MPD listing
2. Combine Artists and Albums into Library tab
3. Allow grouping by Genre
4. Merge Online and Streams into Internet tab
5. Merge Playlists and Dynamc Playlists tabs
6. Use 'Composer' tag to group albums of specified genres
7. Use mix of icon themes for flatter icon style - and use mono icons where appropriate

2.0.1
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1. Delay creation of Jamendo and Magnatune DBs until required.
2. Fix 'Scroll to current track' in table style play queue if track number column is hidden.
3. Add icon for proxy config - if proxy settings enabled.
4. Fix possibly missing save play queue icon.
5. Install pre-rendered PNG icons for Linux builds.
6. Use last.fm 2.0 API for finding similar artists in dynamic playlists.
7. Fix listing of CUE files.
8. Only honour 'startHidden' setting if also configured to use system tray.
9. Folder page nolonger has a search field - so if upgrading from a 1.x config with folder search visible, then hide it.
10. Don't allow copying of cue file tracks to devices.
11. When calculating collapsed window height, take into account size of menubar, if it is visible.
12. Try to ensure menu button width is at least equal to height.
13. Fix compilation on some systems.
14. Remove usage of libavutil/audioconvert.h - its no longer in ffmpeg since 1.3, and Cantata does not need it anyway.
15. Fix playback of AudioCDs
16. Fix incorrect AudioCD cover
17. Fix Qt5 gcc5 compilation.
18. Fix wrong/missing ratings in toolbar.
19. Fix compilation with Qt5.7
20. Fix drag'n'drop of non-loaded playlists.
21. Use a single-shot timer to timeout obtaining current cover.
22. Fix AudioCD playback when MPD's curl is using IPv6
23. Fix current track display when chaging from one track with no meta-data to another with no meta-data.

2 months ago

herrbatka

Hey, I just wanted to say that this is probabbly the best audio player (not just the best mpd client) i used! It does exactly what i want it to do. Thank you for this awesome software!

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7 months ago

imruska

Version 2.0 introduced a change that I don't like. Now, with 2.0.1 the albums of a given artist are listed according to the year the album was released. I would like to change it to alphabetical order, but I cannot find the way to do it.
Can albums be sorted only by the year? If so, could you please make it possible to sort the albums alphabetically.
I'm using Cantata version 2.0.1, OpenSuse Leap 42.1

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7 months ago

CraigD

Use the menu button in the lower left of the library view, and select 'Sort Albums' > 'Name'

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6 months ago

imruska

Thank you.

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1 year ago

duvan

que tan posible seria incorporar esta funcionalidad en cantata, me gusta cantata y le veo mucho potencial pero de momento esta funcion le veo indispensable para el trabajo del dia a dia.

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1 year ago

rhsoftware

hi

thanks for the seamless update to 2.0.0

if you hide the track-number column the list no longer jumps to the current track (found that out randomly after the update because the column was no longer hidden)

reason for hide it is that most tracks here don't have a tracknumber in the metadata

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1 year ago

CraigD

Would have thought this issue would also be present in 1.5.2 Anyway, will be fixed for 2.0.1 (already is in 2.0 branch and master)

Also, please use the github issue tracker for bug reports.

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1 year ago

Okanda

Hello.

First, thank you. Good app ;)

1. Some .APE/.CUE are not well listed. They are shown as just one long track.

2. I miss options like "Added to collection within last week", "Added within last month", . . . It's a must have.

Cheers from France.

Okanda

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1 year ago

Landis

I like the interface layout and the simplicity of using / configuring.
The UI is Not cluttered and hard to use.
Amarok has become Too much, too involved.

I want to listen to my music not learn a new app : )

the use of MPD, seems like my music sounds clearer.

Thanks,
Landis.

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1 year ago

Ralsa

I have try with all cover-show and mpris plasmoids and Cantanta never shows the cover art like another kde aplicattions like Amarok, CLementine, Yaroc, etc....
Is it possible?

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1 year ago

dadebue

Hi, I'n new to Cantata and so far I'm pretty pleased. The only problem I have is that the tiltle of all my iTunes m4a files isn't identified correctly. All m4a files have "unknown" titles. Any other files have the correct titles. Any ideas how to fix that?

Best regards
dadebue

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1 year ago

CraigD

Cantata gets its metadata from MPD - so the issue will probably be there.

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1 year ago

ShalokShalom

I love this application, please help me to fix my challenges: Currently start Cantata with the question, if i aim to set it up on a local computer or just as client, then comes the question about the path and so on. I wish to compile Cantata in a way, (or edit the source code) that these questions get skipped, so that the user can simply click on a audio file and Cantata plays it. Who can help me please ? :)

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1 year ago

thomas12777

Cantata is an mpd client; mpd is a music database/playback system.

It's not designed to "just play a file" at all.

Some clints "fake" random local file support by temporarily adding the files to the database, but i'd say you're rather looking for something like smplayer.

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1 year ago

CraigD

Well Cantata *can* playback local non-MPD files - it has a minimal embedded HTTP server which it uses to serve files to MPD. (I use this to play AudioCDs from my laptop out of MPD running on my Pi 2)

And as for 0 config - as long as MPD is using its defaults, then this too can work. Or at the least, provide a system-wide default Cantata config.

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1 year ago

thomas12777

If you check for a running (local) mpd server at start (on default port) you can probably reasonably just connect to it.

If there's no local mpd server running, you can (given mpd is installed ... ;-) start one and connect it, but you sacrifice the wizard that asks the user what you want to do (in case mpd is just installed along libmpdclient and he actually wanted to connect his RasPi)

It's a trade-off, but my main objection would be "why use an mpd client just to abuse mpd to playback local files only" - and drop about everything (database, network, client/server) that's cool about the mpd approach.

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Is the http server btw. in the cantata process, ie. if you quit cantata, playback stops?

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1 year ago

CraigD

I guess a connection attempt could be made, etc. to make things simpler. I'll accept patches to do this...

Does not affect my use case - where MPD is running on a Pi2

I agree, that MPD is not really meant for local file playback (or at least, that's not its strength). But, it is useful to be able to playback some local files. Again, seeing as my MPD is on another machine, I do use the in-built http server for this use-case (and for playing AudioCDs)

Yes, the HTTP server is in-process, and Cantata should remove any localy served files from the playqueue when it closes. I guess a separate cantata-http helper could be written (like cantata-dynamic) to serve the files...

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1 year ago

valius55

Hello,
I am new in Cantata and I have problem with showing album covers.
I play my music from QNap server via transpost (MPD player) and DAC. Cantata works except showing the album covers which are saved in the each separate album file as Folder.jpg. Some covers are shown but they are taken not from my created directories but from internet. I tried everything (I mean "Music folder" option) but the problem is still there. Please help me, Cantata is the only option for me to control my music via computer. Thank you very mucg for your help !!!!

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1 year ago

ShalokShalom

Please report your issue here:

https://github.com/cdrummond/cantata/issues

It will find more audience there. :)

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1 year ago

boasdi

Hello,

I really like Cantata. There are only two things missing that are keeping me from really using it..

- Order playlists by rating
- Read/edit comments and order playlists by comment

Also, but that is another topic because it is MPD related I think ; why does mpd have a different rating system than Clemetine or Banshee? When I rate a song in Clementine and open it in Banshee the rating is also visible there. It would be nice if that would be possible with MPD too.

Thanks!

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1 year ago

faemir

There are two main ways to store ratings - in a custom tag on the song file, or in a database for the application.

I think that mpd does it via the second approach, thus it won't carry over to other programs.

It would be exportable with the right tool though.

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1 year ago

boasdi

Thank you for your answer!

But the other things I asked, could be done in Cantata, I imagine?

Greetings!

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2 years ago

pocketwatch

Shouldn’t Cantata be able to play .dsf and .dff audio files? These are the file-extensions for high-resolution DSD-audio files. Right now I can successfully play .dsf/.dff files in three other mpd clients — GMPC, Glurp and mpc — but not in Cantata. (It plays the file, but only at the lower sampling rates of 44100 or 48000). I’m using ALSA and have Pulseaudio turned off. ReplayGain is off. I’m running Cantata 1.5.2 on Ubuntu-MATE 14.04 LTS. Do I need a Cantata plugin for this or something? Does anyone know why Cantata seems not to be able to accommodate these formats while other clients can?

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2 years ago

CraigD

Cantata itself does not play any files - files are played by MPD. Any playback issues are issues with MPD, not Cantata.

MPD supplies Cantata with a list of files, and Cantata asks MPD to play certain files - that's basically it. It's MPD that is playing the files.

I've never used DSF, etc. - but do these have 1 file per track? How does one song have multiple sample rates?

I guess, if there is more than 1 file per track (e.g. two files, with different samples rates in each) then Cantata could be adding the wrong file to the playqueue.

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2 years ago

bvbfan

When delete ~/.config/cantata every try failed with: socket: Failed to bind to '~/.config/cantata/mpd/socket': No such file or directory
version 1.5.1

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