Cantata

Audioplayers

Source (required if based on other people's work): https://github.com/CDrummond/cantata/

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NOTE: The screenshots on this page are out of date, and only reflect the 1.x codebase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

2.3.0 1 year ago

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

thenktor

6 years ago

I've built without KDE support and got this message:
"Building WITHOUT KDE support - Device Sync, Track Organizer, ReplayGain, and CommandLine support DISABLED"

Why is ReplayGain disabled? This is handled by mpd anyway, isn't it?

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CraigD

6 years ago

Cantata contains code to calculate replaygain tags, and store these back to your audio files. Without KDE support, this functionality is missing. I agree, the message could be clearer :)

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thenktor

6 years ago

OK, thanks for explanation.

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Rasi

6 years ago

when mpds database has changed, cantata needs to fetch all the informations anew. (whyever that is, an mpd client normally does not need a copy of the database)

anyway, this can be quite slow if mpd is on another machine. maybe sync the database with lazy loading, not blocking the UI.

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CraigD

6 years ago

The UI should not be blocked when loading the database, as the MPD connection is in another thread. However, when the database is loaded Cantata then compares this with its existing copy, and checks for additions/removals - but this should be fairly quick. The only 'blocking' is probably because whilst the MPD thread is reading/processing the database it cant be sending play, etc, commands. I could resolve this by having 1 more mpd connection - one for updating the DB, and one for sending commands.

As to why the whole DB is read - that's they way it was with QtMPC (which Cantata is based upon). It does cache the DB to an XML file, so subsequent restarts should be faster. Having the whole DB does help with things like device sync - as I can then check if a file is already in the DB very quickly.

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Rasi

6 years ago

A dynamic playlist function would be kinda neat to have. What this does: It adds X tracks to the playlist and makes sure its always equally filled. (mpds consume mode can take care of this) remove last played song and cantata adds a new one instantly at the end of the playlist.

Advanced functionality that would be nice: filter it by artist, genre, etc... maybe even lookup similar tracks/artists on last.fm...

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zeltakc

6 years ago

wow was about to ask this myself..that would be really cool to have in cantata

z.

P.S seems like cantata has been growing rapidly in terms of users lately..thats really cool :)

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Rasi

6 years ago

Please add support for album artist tag. Albums with this tag should be shown under "Various Artists"

Mpd supports it, so it makes perfect sense to include it into cantata...

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Rasi

6 years ago

I was too fast with this request. Actually you DO support it. But an option to make those appear as Various Artists would still be nice.

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CraigD

6 years ago

I'm not 100% certain what you are asking for here. Do you mean that cantata should be checking for albums which have 1 album artist, but multiple artists? And then file these under 'Various Artists'?

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Rasi

6 years ago

exactly

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zeltakc

6 years ago

Hi again

How are you?

I have some more bugs to report:

1)every few songs i get a red warrning saying:

"problems setting volume"

it dosent happen in other mpd clients, i wonder why its popping up?

2)the kde song notificatinons lag a bit (takes a few seconds for them to appear) and when you quiclkly change tracks they stack up the current one and hide the current notification

requests:

1)could we have auto scrolling lyrics (speed set by tempo/time of song/user)

2)is it possible (like in amarok) to have the info in the playlist be user configurable..that is add file type or remove number of tracks..etc

thx again

Z

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CraigD

6 years ago

1. Cantata does not alter the volume when song changes, but it does read the MPD status. Do you have any otehr clients running that could be changing the volume? 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.

2. Not much I can do about this, I'm just using the standard KDE notification system.

3. Auto scrolling lyrics, must admit I *hate* that feature - I don't like the text moving whilst I'm trying to read.

4. By playlist, I assume you mean the play queue? The table style play queue allows you to have more information shown - but not everything.

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lionhater

6 years ago

I assume it has hotkey support in KDE version?

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xdarklight

6 years ago

Yes - and there are quite a lot of them :)
http://www.abload.de/img/shortcutszvf4q.png

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lionhater

6 years ago

Oh! I should've known that. Thanks pal.

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lionhater

6 years ago

Thanks xdarklight; have just seen your note.

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lionhater

6 years ago

Grouped album option in playlist view as well would be great. Just like in playque.

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lionhater

6 years ago

At last the perfect music player, but not for non-KDE users!

Formerly instead of buttons I had legible texts: Play, Stop, Previous, Next etc. But they're jumbled now though usable. And volume icon has always been hidden, again usable when you mouse over there.

And Cantata can't load many album covers this time.

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CraigD

6 years ago

Icons are missing? The icon names should be from the free-desktop spec, so should load. Have the icons *always* been missing?

I've not changed the album cover loading code. You would need to send me more details of which covers you cant load.

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lionhater

6 years ago

No, formerly covers were not missing, they're now. All of my covers are cover.jpg inside the album folders as well as embedded in the (FLAC) tracks. Looked at a few of them. For example, a 34K jpg is missing while 12K and 124K jpgs are not. What else do you need to know?

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CraigD

6 years ago

Cantata will not read, or use, the embedded covers. Apart from filesize, whatelse is different between the displayed and missing ones? Are the missing ones owned by a different user, or group? Is the folder structure different? ie. does one, or more, of the folders contain odd chararcters? (Just guessing here...)

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lionhater

6 years ago

I can't see anything different really. They're all on a network drive and well-organized. For example some covers of Camel are missing and some are not. All the Bach covers are missing except one. All the Beatles covers are missing etc.

Perhaps I should re-scan library?

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CraigD

6 years ago

If possible, coud you email me one of the missing covers?

Also, if you email me I can send you a copy of the code with extra debug - so I can see what is going on.

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lionhater

6 years ago

Sure, but I don't know how to attach it. Couldn't see such an option in this site's email service. Any other way?

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2.3.0 1 year ago

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