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NOTE: The screenshots on this page are out of date, and only reflect the 1.x codebase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 7 months ago

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

xdarklight

6 years ago

You can send Craig an email.
His email can be found in the AUTHORS file (in the tarball).

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zeltakc

6 years ago

Hi again

Agian i gotta say how much i enjoy using cantata..just love it!

as promised ;-) here are some feature suggestions (by no mean "requests" ;-)) i thought you might find usefull:

1) use "backdrops" of the band behind the lyrics and mabe other views instead of the boring white bakcground. gmpc (a fantastic gtk mpd client) have beed using that for quite a while and i have been helping out there with the design. see example:

http://paste.xinu.at/b9J3/

backdrops btw can be auto fetched if one wants from http://www.htbackdrops.com/v2/index.php (they have a good API)

2) add an updateDB menu/button to manully launch a mpd database update

3)add support for the 'comment' tag in the tag editor (mpd supports the comment tag if enabled in .mpdconf)

4) have an option to jump to an album / add an album from te current playing song. that us right click on the current playing track and then get a go to album or add full album to playlist etc..

5) have an option to set bigger lyrics size or maybe have user options to change size/type of font?

would be intrested to hear your thought

best

Z.


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CraigD

6 years ago

1. Interesting idea. Not sure how well it would really work.I guess I'd need some sort of halo/blur behind the text...

2. The 'refresh' buttons in the library, albums, and folder views should trigger an MPD rebuild

3. Not sure. What is its use? Must admit I *always* strip the comment fields from my files. At the moment, Cantata caches all MPD information into an XML file (~/.cache/cantata/library/*.xml). This helps speed up restarts. The tag editor currently only supports the tags that are also in this file. Adding support for "comments" seems a little too much. I'd also need to add save/restore code for each file type - possible, just needs to be done.

4. Might be useful.

5. You can already increase the font size by using ctrl+mousewheel

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zeltakc

6 years ago

Hya again

Thx for the quick response and the tip about the lyrics!

btw small bug aobut that, the lyrics zoom size isnt saved between session..no biggie...just to let you know.

As for the comment tag, i actually use it to have a "rating" system since mpd dosent really supports rating or "starts". i just tag a Fav song with 'F' (thats where the internal tag option in cantata could be cool). again its not a huge issue if its hard to add to the tag view.

Be warned that more ideas will follow as i continue to use cantata ;-)

thx again for all your work again!

Z.


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zeltakc

6 years ago

Hya again

Thx for the quick response and the tip about the lyrics!

btw small bug aobut that, the lyrics zoom size isnt saved between session..no biggie...just to let you know.

As for the comment tag, i actually use it to have a "rating" system since mpd dosent really supports rating or "starts". i just tag a Fav song with 'F' (thats where the internal tag option in cantata could be cool). again its not a huge issue if its hard to add to the tag view.

Be warned that more ideas will follow as i continue to use cantata ;-)

thx again for all your work again!

Z.


P.S do you plan to maybe have a website/forum/irc channel for cantata?

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CraigD

6 years ago

Saving/restoring of zoom levels for lycris and info pages will be in 0.5.1

I'd rather implement a proper rating system - but its not high on my priority list, as its not something I would use. Dont really like the idea of modifying the song files themselves to store this. I had thought about using MPDs stickers (http://www.musicpd.org/doc/protocol/ch03s07.html) - but not sure.

As to website/forum/etc. never even thought about this. The first step would be to put the source code repositroy online somewhere. I have been thinking about this, but just have not gotten round to it.

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lionhater

6 years ago

Hi Craig. I'm impatient to try the new version, yet I can't install it again (on Mageia LXDE).

"make" command completes the build process 100%, but then adds this:

Linking CXX executable cantata
CMakeFiles/cantata.dir/http/httpserver.cpp.o: In function `HttpServer::encodeUrl(QString const&) const':
httpserver.cpp:(.text+0xb38): undefined reference to `Tags::read(QString const&)'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[2]: *** [cantata] Error 1
make[1]: *** [CMakeFiles/cantata.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2
[root@localhost build]#

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CraigD

6 years ago

You need to install TagLib and TagLib-devel (or whatever thay are called in Mageia). For 0.5.1 I'll make TagLib mandatory - as it's used in other places, and will stop errors like this.

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zeltakc

6 years ago

Hi there

Just discoverd cantata after years of mpd use (and kde use) and was blow away..this is just amazing..thx alot for you work!

a small request (before i really get into cantata and ask for bigger things :)). is it possible to have cantata also pickup folder.jpg (currently it only does cover.jpg) and also give an option to not auto save images it finds? (i preffer to manually download album covers)

thx alot again

Best

Z

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zeltakc

6 years ago

P.S

would be cool though to have an option to save the lyrics as a text file similar to saving the cover.jpg in the same folder

Z

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CraigD

6 years ago

I can add this. Currently, Cantata will attempt to rea lyrics form <filename>.lyrics if found - if not it will attempt to download. Donwloaded lyrics are cached to ~/.cache/cantata/lyrics

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CraigD

6 years ago

It already reads cover.jpg, cover.png, folder.jpg, folder.png, AlbumArt.jpg, and AlbumArt.png.

It only *creates* cover.jpg/png for library albums though.

If one of the above files is found, then Cantata will *not* download a cover. So, I fail to see the issue here...

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zeltakc

6 years ago

thx for the quick response

in that case i will transfer the above request to a 'bug' report :) on my machine (arch linux 64 bit latest kde) it dosent read Folder.jpg (with a captile F..that how i have my covers) and it definantly creates a cover.jpg when there is already album cover art avilable (again Folder.jpg). is there a bug tracker to the project so next time i can report to a more adewaute place?

Also as i said im completly blown away by cantata (and trust me ive tried ALOT of mpd clients over the years..). I have no coding knowleadge but would love to help out to the porject in any other areas needed, let me know what i can help with

Thx again alot for cantata it trully rocks

Best

Z

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CraigD

6 years ago

Ah, it does not look for 'Folder.jpg' only 'folder.jpg' I can think about adding a config item for the cover filename for 0.6.0, but for now could you not just rename your Folder.jpg's to folder.jpg? If not, just edit gui/covers.cpp and at about line 59 change QLatin1String("folder") to QLatin1String("Folder") :-)

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zeltakc

6 years ago

heheh as i said i have zero programing knowledge so ill definantly rename the the files rather then go into the cpp ;-)

as i said before would love to help out if needed!


P.S is there support for the 'comment' tag in the file edit

best

Z.

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Jestern

6 years ago

First of all, i have to thank you for this excelent application. But the copy to device, with or without transcoding, doesn't work. It just create 0 bites files. I don't know if it's a bug o something wrong in my config.

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CraigD

6 years ago

I have tried this and it was working, but its possible I broke something before release. Which device type are you using? UMS or MTP?

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Jestern

6 years ago

I'm using a UMS device(actually my android phone), i haven't tested any MTP, thought.


Cheers.

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CraigD

6 years ago

Hmmm.... this is odd, as I've just tried and managed to copy files to my Android phone (Motorola Defy with froyo), and the files were copied fine.

Can you send me an email (my address is in the AUTHORS file), and I'll create a build with lots of debug. Then I can hopefully track down the issue.

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bendersteed

6 years ago

Just commenting to let you know that I'm really grateful for this app. Really great.
Made me switch from sonata, immediately.
Keep up the great work.

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lionhater

6 years ago

Sorry; another useful feauter would be the ability to have a kind of album mode in playlist view, as one can have playlists containing albums as well as songs and in that case the current playlist view as a song list is not very convenient.

BE::MPC has it (http://qt-apps.org/content/show.php/BE%3A%3AMPC?content=137091). DeadBeef, Aqualung, Banshee and Beatbox have it too in various ways.

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CraigD

6 years ago

This is already on my TODO - just haven't gotten round to implement it. Probably won't be in the next version (0.5.0), but I do fully intend to add this (but as an option).

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lionhater

6 years ago

EXCELLENT! Since I've left Mac OS X a few months ago, this is the first time I see the light! At last a music player app better than iTunes. Thank you and best regards.

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lionhater

6 years ago

I've tried all the music players in Linux and this is the best one, but ability to sort albums (in album-cover view) by album artist/artist instead of album title would make it perfect.

In large collections visiual clue is very useful or rather necessary, more sore with classical albums. By expanding the album-cover pane I can achieve a very nice iTunes-like view, but this should be sorted by album artist/artist. Otherwise this visiul clue is not very helpful. I've got 35 Bach albums (when ripping replaced composer tags with performer), 30 Vivaldi albums, 12 Yes albums etc. And now they're all scattered around -not a logical flow to navigate. Think of a regular library or CD shop.

Sorry for being long-winded, but it's just too good to be wasted by just one flaw, in my humble opinion.

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CraigD

6 years ago

Must admint I don't personally use the album view - its a bit slow. So, I was never quire sure on album-artist or artist-album. I'll add a config item :-)

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