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NOTE: The screenshots on this page are out of date, and only reflect the 1.x codebase

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Last changelog:

5 years 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.

hgue

2 years ago

First of all, awesome app! Why is this not in the standard repository of my distribution (Debian)?
I use the search feature for stream providers on a regular basis. I noticed that you have to quit the search field on the top before you can search within another providers stream list. That's kinda annoying and should be easy to fix. I use version 1.4.1 of cantata.

Ciao!

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CraigD

2 years ago

Yeah, I agree this is not optimal. Will be fixed for 1.4.2.

Also, please use the googlecode page to report bugs.

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ShalokShalom

2 years ago

Why is the multi user setting pre selected, while the very most people aim to use a music client on the own desktop, please ?

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imruska

2 years ago

Hi, I don't know how ReplayGain is supposed to work, but it doesn't work with my collection.
I have FLAC files, and they have ReplayGain tags created by metaflac.
At the preferences - Playback - ReplayGain is set to Album, yet I can hear great differences between files of different albums in playback volume, where the AlbumGain (and/or TrackGain) value (i.e. the loudness of the files) differ.
This is for openSuse 13.1, Cantata 1.4.0.
ReplayGain didn't work for earlier versions of Cantata on openSuse, either.
Should I create the ReplayGain values by Cantata instead of metaflac? Or should Cantata read the ReplayGain tags of files directly?

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CraigD

2 years ago

You have used another tool to create ReplayGain tags, and MPD itself is in charge of reading these and playing back the file. So, how is this a Cantata issue? All Cantata does is control which ReplayGain mode (none, auto, track, album) that MPD shoud use. I'd check your version of MPD, and your MPD settings.

As for Cantata, it can read and update the ReplayGain tags. The code used to calculate this is preformed by libebur128. If you start the Cantata ReplayGain dialog with your pre-tagged files, does it show the existing ReplayGain settings?

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mlerota

2 years ago

Is there any posibillity to add support for editing .dsf files? Tags can be viewed in Cantata, but you cannot change them.

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CraigD

2 years ago

What tag format do they use? ID3? Is it supported by TagLib?

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mlerota

2 years ago

I don't know :-). Here is one sample. http://x336.claresco.hr/dl/dsd-sample.dsf
I have many files and no one works.

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arktika

2 years ago

how to unistall previous 1.3.4?

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CraigD

2 years ago

Windows? Use the windows uninstall.

Linux? Use your pacakge manager - assuming this is how you installed.

If not, do it by hand.

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marthy

2 years ago

Hello
Since 1.4 version, the window is too big for a small resolution like 1024x600 (netbook).

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CraigD

2 years ago

I guess you are referring to the preferences dialog. Yeah, this is a bit bigger than that - sorry. Had a quick play to allow resizing to a smaller size, and it didn't work out (it allowed the pages to shrink too small). I don't have a netbook with Linux, so the size is not an issue for me.

Still, Cantata is open source - so if it bothers you that much, I'll gladly accept a patch.

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CraigD

2 years ago

...for 1.5.0, the preferences dialog in Qt-only builds can now be shrunk less than 600px high. This is for Qt only though, not KDE - I /think/ the KDE widget is causing the dialog to be larger...

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VectoR

2 years ago

The add stream to favorites does not work, because I always get this error messages: No such song
meanwhile the stream playing....
Other RPM packagesfrom 1.4.0 release available here:
ftp://ftp.blackpanther.hu/blackPanther/OS/updates/v11.1/cantata-1.4.0-1bP.i586.rpm

ps: "hide to tray" option please

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CraigD

2 years ago

Add stream to favouries does work - I have just tried. Both from the playqueue, and from the streams tab.

However, favourite streams are now saved in an MPD playlist - so if you have playlists disabled, or not configured correctly, then you will have issues.

Minimise to system tray is already there - and has been for some time.

kde-apps is not the place for reporting bugs, etc - please use the googlecode page.

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VectoR

2 years ago

Ok, thank you to fast reply...

The systray question, sorry. I'm don't see first time, I found in settings. Very nice application, congratulation.

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VectoR

2 years ago

The add stream to favorites does not work, because I always get this error messages: No such song
meanwhile the stream playing....
Other RPM packagesfrom 1.4.0 release available here:
ftp://ftp.blackpanther.hu/blackPanther/OS/updates/v11.1/cantata-1.4.0-1bP.i586.rpm

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ntasos

3 years ago

My mpd music directory is in: "/home/ntasos/Μουσική" and when I try to add replaygain tags cantata shows the message "Failed".
After reading a previous post about folder names with accents, I created a symlink: "/home/ntasos/mpd" that points to my music dir and replaygain works, except for songs that contain greek letters.

I tested on cantata 1.3.4 and on my own build from source.
I'm running openSUSE 13.1.

I hope you could fix it, but anyway cantata is realy great, thanks

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CraigD

3 years ago

Ah, you are correct! The replaygain calculation is performed by a separate helper app - the issue must be somehere here. I'll look into this, and fix for 1.4.0

For future issues, please cratea bug report on Cantata's googlecode page.

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CraigD

3 years ago

If you can, please checkout the trunk version - this should be fixed now.

(Instructions are on the googlecode page)

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ntasos

3 years ago

Yes, it's fixed.

Thanks again, you're doing an amazing job.

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imruska

3 years ago

Hi Craig,

Would it be possible to show in the song information panel the information embedded in the song in the comment tag? I mean the way Cantata now handles lyrics. When lyrics tag is set, it is shown, when lyrics tag is not set, Cantata tries to get it from the Internet.
So I would like Comment from the comment tag, and when there is no comment tag, Cantata could get info from the Internet.
It may be that many people do not want Cantata to work this way, then could one at least set the priority? So I would opt for Comment (or Information or whatever) tag first, whereas others could opt for information from the Internet.

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CraigD

3 years ago

Well, currently song information is not shown - only lyrics. I'm not 100% convinced that the comment field is used for song information - but then I never use this field! I know that one user is using it to store ratings, as it is a field indexed by MPD.

I could fetch song info from wikipedia, and display under the lyrics. But then things start getting messy. I need to give this more thought...

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imruska

3 years ago

What I meant was the leftmost column which gets Artist Information from the Internet. I meant if Cantata could optionally display information stored e.g. in the Comment tag instead of this Artist information, just as in the rightmost panel Cantata can display either information (Lyrics) stored in the tags, or information (Lyrics) from the Internet.

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CraigD

3 years ago

No, that would maken no sense. The flow is Artist -> Album -> Track. i.e. getting more specific from left -> right.

The comment field, is (probably) per-track specific (at least it would be read per-track). Therefore, it belongs on the right.

Sorry, but I really dont see theft artist-column as the best place to put it. What is in the comment field that would need to be displayed in the context view?

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5 years ago

2.0.0
-----
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
-----
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.

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