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NOTE: The screenshots on this page are out of date, and only reflect the 1.x codebase

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Releases may be downloaded from: https://github.com/CDrummond/cantata/releases

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Last changelog:

2.2.0 4 months ago

Changelog is available at https://raw.githubusercontent.com/CDrummond/cantata/v2.2.0/ChangeLog

AozRoon

5 years ago

I think I found a bug.

The server files list & tags are saved by cantata in "~/.cache/cantata/library/serverIP.xml".

But it seems not to be automatically updated whenever a file's tag is updated on the server(and keeping the same file name & location).

By erasing the xml file on my client, the files I had recently retagged (to complete their data) on the server have now their covers !

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CraigD

5 years ago

The XML contains the last-update time of the MPD database. When the XML is loaded it is compared to this, if it is older then a full load from MPD should occur.

In order for the MPD database to be updated, you need to use an MPD client (Cantata, gmpc, mpc, etc.) to instruct MPD to update. (You can do this in catata by presseing the 'Refresh Database' button in the library page).

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Plutoky

5 years ago

Any chance of adding last.fm scrobbling support? Pretty much the only thing I am missing right now, everything else is neat :D

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CraigD

5 years ago

There is an entry in the TODO about adding a interface to mpdscribble. If I add scrobbling support, this is how I would do it. However, this is not a top priority for me, as its not something I would ever use.

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zeltakc

5 years ago

Awesome Awesome release

By far the most complete and advanced MPD player out there..wow im blown away..

thx alot

Zeltak

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ber0es

5 years ago

I suggest to change the view of play queue, so cover pic won't overlap with song selection and play arrow (https://www.dropbox.com/s/4i3wz9x6eji4v9b/snapshot50.png). May be the good way would be to use 2 lines against cover pic to display album info (https://www.dropbox.com/s/srf4xgolesed3b3/snapshot51.png).

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CraigD

5 years ago

No. I dont like the 1st track taking 3 lines. I like the play queue as is.

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mzalewski

5 years ago

I'm not sure if comments here are preferred way to contact with maintainer, but I wanted to drop two feature requests:

1. It would be great if there could be more advanced search function. Right now Cantata search in every tag it has in database. Sometime it is slow and it finds many unwanted results. Narrowing search string to specific tags and combining them together (like: "find every song with 'garden' in title and 'rose' in artists") could be really useful. As for user interface, maybe put little arrow on right side of search box - after clicking, it would expand advanced search (in a way very similar to gmail's new web interface). Or make search bar keyword-aware (e.g. artist:roses title:garden), preferably with automatic keyword completion. Or just open new window with advanced search settings ;) .

2. How about public git repo? There are few free sites, like github or gitorious.org. I believe that contributing to this great project would be made easier this way. Of course source packages of final versions could still be posted here.

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CraigD

5 years ago

1. Will think about this

2. Not too keen on git, but I have uploaded the svn repository to googlecode: https://code.google.com/p/cantata/

Please feel free to contact me via email, and feel free to submit patches :-)

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vishzilla

5 years ago

My friend, you have just hit the sweet spot. KDE trully deserves such an app.

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thenktor

5 years ago

Hi, I think the new version (0.6.1) has improved much, thanks for that :)
And I have another 4 requests:
1. In library view there should be a place holder for the album art that is shown while the arts are loading. The place holder should have the same size like the album arts. At the moment the search results are moving further down as soon as the album arts appear.
2. Make size of the album arts in the grouped album view (playlist) configurable, too.
3. Add an bigger maximum size for all album arts
4. On hovering the album art in the upper left corner a higher resolution image could be shown (e.g. 500 px)

Thanks and keep up the good work!

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CraigD

5 years ago

1. The default 'cd' icon should be used when the cover is loading. This is the case for me at least. I have, however, noticed that if you change the size of the covers - this default icon is left at its previous size. This may be the error you are seeing.

2. Tricky. At the moment, the first row is 'Header + 1st track'. This fits nicely with the cover size, increasing the size would disrupt this.

3. Why? It uses enough memory as is!

4. I'll think about this.

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thenktor

5 years ago

1. OK, I should check this with another icon theme. For me it did not show any cd icon. But still it will be a problem if icon size changes.

2. I understand. Maybe the header can have more than one line? E.g. the album year in the second line. This would increase the tiny size.

3. I have plenty of memory and I love album arts :D OK, this is not really important.

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CraigD

5 years ago

1. I lied, sorry! Just tested, and it does adapt to change in icon size.

2. Dont like the idea of using a 3rd line. What I /might/ do is draw the album cover behind the playqueue. So that its drawn beneath (e.g.) the first 5 entries.

3. I'll add an extra-large setting (64 pixels for library, 160pixels for albums?)

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zeltakc

5 years ago

Hya again

I have some more thoughts if you dont mind :)

1) mpd has a new queue-like function (song priority):

http://git.musicpd.org/cgit/master/mpd.git/commit/?id=b159bc0c5f64dd4030f18cfa38539c5851d5157d

would it be possible to add it either with a shortcut or with the cool hover like add/play button. here is a mockup:

http://ompldr.org/vZGR4MQ

2) is it possible to add the song info hover like in the album view (the box with the file type etc) for the playlist view as well (i often want to know if the song is flac/mp3 etc)

3)concerning the backdrops, if you think it wont work for lyrics can you maybe consider a middle pane (ala amarok/gmpc?) Gmpc already has this implemented and its works really well, as it darkens the fanart and uses white text, see screen:

http://ompldr.org/vZGR4bw

this could be a user option (weather or not to have the pane present)

4) As for the global keyboard shortcut to focus on the search filter in the library, i didnt mean a key to launch cantata (its always in the background on my PC), rather of a way to bring it up and auto focus on the filter box in the library view in order to quickly search the album/song and quickly add it to the playlist. For example see in screen:

http://ompldr.org/vZGR4dw

i would press the keyboard shortcut and it would bring me to (1) the filter box, then id press tab/other key and i could use the up/down key to press play (enter) or add (alt-enter) etc (2)..

this could also be just a command line argumant and i can assign it to a key shortcut through khotkeys if that easier. any thoughts?

thx again

Z.

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CraigD

5 years ago

1. I'll think about this. But in your screenshot how would you set the priority? Also, would you not want the priority displayed in the playqueue?

2. Done for 0.7.0

3. Dont like the idea of a central info pane - its one of the first things I re-arranged with Amarok when it was possible. I will think about adding support, but its not a high priority for me. [ Patches always welcome :-) ]

4. I've extended the DBUS interface for 0.7.0. To raise cantata window:

qdbus org.kde.cantata /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 Raise

to show library page, and focus in search field:

qdbus org.kde.cantata /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 showPage library true

The view is the next 'tab' stop down, so that already works. As for adding a song with 'Enter', etc, you can already assign keyboard short-cuts to the add/replace actions.

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elric80

5 years ago

Thanks Craig for your continued work on this awesome app!

I made a binary package for Cantata that STILL needs some polish, yet installs files just fine. Built on sid, works fine on wheezy, and I guess it'll be fine with Ubuntu.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/430223/cantata_0.6.1-1_amd64.deb

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zeltakc

5 years ago

Wow!!

What an amazing update..thx alot..lots of really cool new stuff!

some bugs to report and a small request :)

first i would really love to use cantata as much as i can with just a keyboard so i would love a 'global keybind' (ala amarok) keyboard shortcut to bring up cantanat and focus on the search library filter. that way i can easly quickly add songs/albums to the playlist with the keyboard, is that possible?

BUGS:

1. the fetch any cover image found("When loading covers, if we fail to find one of the standard names (cover.jpg/png, AlbumArt.jpg/png, folder.jpg/png), then use the first image found") isnt working on my machine. still get loads of empty covers even though i know there is a Folder.png/Folder.jpg in the album folder.

2.the cool new locate in library should override the filter (if present). currently if you forgot the clear the filter in the library view the locate in library dosent respond..could be confusing

P.S, have you given any thougt on the fanart/artist image as a background for the lyrics view? the white is a little bit boring conpared to the rest of the sexy cantata looks :)

Thx alot again, i really appriciate it, cant tell you enough how much i love cantata

Best

Z

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xdarklight

5 years ago

I just have to agree: great release!

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CraigD

5 years ago

Thank you, nice to hear some encouraging word now and again!

The main feature for the 0.7.0 release will be dynamic playlists. Its not 100% finished yet, but seems to work.

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CraigD

5 years ago

Keyboard... To have Cantata start when you press the 'media player' icon on a multimedia keyboard; right click kmenu icon, select 'Edit Applications...', navigate to Multimedia/Cantata, select 'Advanced' tab, click on 'Current shortcut key' button, the press the button on your keybard. This should assign the shortcut to starting cantata. You would then need to press-tab until the search has focus. Maybe for 0.7.0 I'll add a 'search action' (assigned to CRTl-F?) that will focus on the current pages search field...

As to the other points...

1. Oops, I never fully tested that! Is fixed for 0.7.0
2. Good idea, fixed for 0.7.0
3. Not 100% convinced that its worth the effort. The sidebar is meant to be quite slim, if so there is not much width for an image. Also, text above an image would not be as clear.

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zeltakc

5 years ago

Wow!!

What an amazing update..thx alot..lots of really cool new stuff!

some bugs to report and a small request :)

first i would really love to use cantata as much as i can with just a keyboard so i would love a 'global keybind' (ala amarok) keyboard shortcut to bring up cantanat and focus on the search library filter. that way i can easly quickly add songs/albums to the playlist with the keyboard, is that possible?

BUGS:

1. the fetch any cover image found("When loading covers, if we fail to find one of the standard names (cover.jpg/png, AlbumArt.jpg/png, folder.jpg/png), then use the first image found") isnt working on my machine. still get loads of empty covers even though i know there is a Folder.png/Folder.jpg in the album folder.

2.the cool new locate in library should override the filter (if present). currently if you forgot the clear the filter in the library view the locate in library dosent respond..could be confusing

P.S, have you given any thougt on the fanart/artist image as a background for the lyrics view? the white is a little bit boring conpared to the rest of the sexy cantata looks :)

Thx alot again, i really appriciate it, cant tell you enough how much i love cantata

Best

Z

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zeltakc

5 years ago

Hya

first for some bizzare reason it keeps doubling my posts..have no idea why..

so i tried both options in the Fadout on stop with no sucess..how does one turn on the debug mode?


thx

Z

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CraigD

5 years ago

To see the messages sent between Cantata and MPD, edit mpd/mpdconnection.cpp and remove the double slashes (//) from lines 39 and 40. Then recompile.

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zeltakc

5 years ago

hya

errr ive never really compiled stuff and on arch things are a bit more tricky..perhaps you could add a 'debug mode'command line switch on the next version..ill see if i can compile myslef and if not ill wait for a new version..ill keep you posted

Thx

z

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2.2.0 4 months ago

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