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NOTE: The screenshots on this page are out of date, and only reflect the 1.x codebase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

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

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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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imruska

3 years ago

Since I have mostly Classical music, I store the actual performers (the vocal soloists, choir orchestra in a Bach cantata, all the singers in a cappella music e.g. Josquin mass) in the comment tag.
Cantata does not display the Comment tag anywhere.

If you'd prefer to display somewhere the Performer tag that would also be allright.

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CraigD

3 years ago

So, IMHO, what would be better would be to somehow display all tags (artist, album artist, composer, performer, comments, etc) in the right-most pane.

Currenty I have added (for 1.4.0) song information to the right pane. You can toggle between showing lyrics, or information. Perhaps a 3rd 'toggle' to show tags? e.g. show either lyrics, information, or tags?

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CraigD

3 years ago

If possible, please checkout the trunk version of cantata. The instructions are on the googlecode page.

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imruska

3 years ago

I have mixed feelings.
1. It's great that Artist is shown when it's other than the Album Artist. But for me - using mostly Classical music - it would be better to have "Artist - Title" order.
Could this be made configurable? "Title - Artist" as default, but "Artist - Title" for those who choose this option?

2. Showing all tags is working. It could be even better if you could open the file in an external tag-editor (which you can define at Preferences), so one could even change them.

3. Information. This does not work for me. Which tag - or what kind of information - is this supposed to show?

4. What I don't like:
The title of Cantata shows too much information, Title by Artist on Album. For me "Artist - Title" would be sufficient. Moreover, Cantata translates "by" and "on" on my system language when playing mp3 files, but they remain "by" and "on" when playing Flac, or m4a (AAC) files.

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CraigD

3 years ago

1. It is "title - artist" because in some tracks artist=albumArtist, in which case you have (e.g.) "01 SongName". For others the artist might be "album artist featuring X" in which case you would have "01 Song Name - artist ft X" In both cases the *title* comes first. This is consistent.

2. Cantata itself can already edit most tags (those supplied by MPD). If there was an XDG compliant way of calling (e.g.) xdg-open -edit filename.mp3 then I would do this. However, I dont feel like adding yet an other config item to pick an external tag editor. (The context-view is now read-only - even lyrics will be edited in an external editor from 1.4.0 onwards)

3. It shows information about the song. But, this probably will not work for classical music. It attempts to get info from wikipedia or last.fm

4a. Really? The text is elided - so if there is too much info the "song by artist" would still get displayed (unless there is still too little space). So, you might have "Song Name by Track Artist on The Album" which /might/ get truncated to "Song Name by Track Artist on ..." and you are complaining that its no "Song Name -Track Artist". Splitting hairs...

4b. Not sure why the partial translation - as the same piece of code is used. However, trunk has *not* been sent out to tranlsators just yet - and will not until I have decided to make no more string changes.

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imruska

3 years ago

I'd like to ask some refinement of sorting the albums, when possible.
For albums with more than one artists, Cantata offers two possibilities.

1. If "Group multiple artist albums under 'Various Artists' is checked, then each such album is put under Various Artists.
2. If "Group multiple artist albums under 'Various Artists' is unchecked, then
2a. When there is an Album Artist, the album is put under the Album Artist
2b. When there is no Album Artist, the tracks are put under the different artists.

What I would like:

3a = 2a.
3b. When there is no Album Artist, I would like to put the Album under 'Various Artists'.

Or put differently, I want possibility 1, the Album with multiple artists put under 'Various Artists' only when no Album Artist is given.

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CraigD

3 years ago

Actually, as of 1.4.0 (the next version), the "Group multiple-artist albums under 'Various Artists'" has been removed.

If you have no album-artist set for an album with multiple-artists, then I suggest you set one.

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imruska

3 years ago

Then one more thing.

So, since the next version will sort on the basis of Album Artist, would it be possible to show the Artist of the tracks where the album has more than one Artist? I mean the way Cantata works now for albums under Various Artists?
Or at least show the Artist of those tracks where the Artist and the Album Artist is not the same?

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CraigD

3 years ago

Good point. For 1.4.0 If artist!=albumArtist, then tracks will be shown as "title - artist". This is how these are shown for various artists albums.

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imruska

3 years ago

Well, you mean, showing them as artist - title, as currently, don't you?

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CraigD

3 years ago

No, in 1.4.0 it is "title - artist" Pre 1.4.0 it as "artist - title" but this has been changed.

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imruska

3 years ago

May I ask you why you've changed this?
It may be that the new arrangement is better for Pop music, but for Classical music artist - title arrangement is better (when the Artist is not the performer but the composer.)

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arktika

3 years ago

i install it with the last way for qt5!! all good! keep up the good work! and if you can put equalizer and lastfm scrobling!! thank you for that player!

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arktika

3 years ago

i have manjaro kde i try to install this great app but i take that from terminal can you help me?

[arktika@arktika build]$ make
[ 1%] Generating moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx
moc: Cannot open options file specified with @
Usage: moc [options] <header-file>
-o<file> write output to file rather than stdout
-I<dir> add dir to the include path for header files
-E preprocess only; do not generate meta object code
-D<macro>[=<def>] define macro, with optional definition
-U<macro> undefine macro
-i do not generate an #include statement
-p<path> path prefix for included file
-f[<file>] force #include, optional file name
-nn do not display notes
-nw do not display warnings
@<file> read additional options from file
-v display version of moc
3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/build.make:56: recipe for target '3rdparty/qxt/moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx' failed
make[2]: *** [3rdparty/qxt/moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx] Error 1
CMakeFiles/Makefile2:395: recipe for target '3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/all' failed
make[1]: *** [3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/all] Error 2
Makefile:136: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2

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arktika

3 years ago

i have manjaro kde i try to install this great app but i take that from terminal can you help me?

[arktika@arktika build]$ make
[ 1%] Generating moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx
moc: Cannot open options file specified with @
Usage: moc [options] <header-file>
-o<file> write output to file rather than stdout
-I<dir> add dir to the include path for header files
-E preprocess only; do not generate meta object code
-D<macro>[=<def>] define macro, with optional definition
-U<macro> undefine macro
-i do not generate an #include statement
-p<path> path prefix for included file
-f[<file>] force #include, optional file name
-nn do not display notes
-nw do not display warnings
@<file> read additional options from file
-v display version of moc
3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/build.make:56: recipe for target '3rdparty/qxt/moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx' failed
make[2]: *** [3rdparty/qxt/moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx] Error 1
CMakeFiles/Makefile2:395: recipe for target '3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/all' failed
make[1]: *** [3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/all] Error 2
Makefile:136: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2

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arktika

3 years ago

i have manjaro kde i try to install this great app but i take that from terminal can you help me?

[arktika@arktika build]$ make
[ 1%] Generating moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx
moc: Cannot open options file specified with @
Usage: moc [options] <header-file>
-o<file> write output to file rather than stdout
-I<dir> add dir to the include path for header files
-E preprocess only; do not generate meta object code
-D<macro>[=<def>] define macro, with optional definition
-U<macro> undefine macro
-i do not generate an #include statement
-p<path> path prefix for included file
-f[<file>] force #include, optional file name
-nn do not display notes
-nw do not display warnings
@<file> read additional options from file
-v display version of moc
3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/build.make:56: recipe for target '3rdparty/qxt/moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx' failed
make[2]: *** [3rdparty/qxt/moc_qxtglobalshortcut.cxx] Error 1
CMakeFiles/Makefile2:395: recipe for target '3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/all' failed
make[1]: *** [3rdparty/qxt/CMakeFiles/qxt.dir/all] Error 2
Makefile:136: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2

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julon

3 years ago

Hi!

I'm using a Raspberry Pi as a music server (mpd from the Raspbian distribution), and I'd like to add your dynamic lists to the mpd server.

Can this be easily done? Or is there some kind of dreadful step such as arm6 cross-compilation involved?

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CraigD

3 years ago

You need to install the cantata-dynamic perl script as a service on your raspberry pi.

There are some example init scripts in the dynamic/init folder of the source tarball. the main Cantata README also has a section about this - "Dynamic Helper Script - Server Mode"

When setup, you need to configure Cantata with the port number that you have configured your cantata-dynamic to use.

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julon

3 years ago

Oh ok, I didn't notice it was a Perl script. Thanks for the fast answer!

While I'm at it, I enjoy very much your application, but using the windows port on a touch screen is a bit cumbersome, as I can't scroll touchscreen-like with the finger in the middle of the window but instead I have to aim for the small scroll bars. The buttons (play, add, etc..) are also a bit small for fingers. Is there any plan for a more touch-friendly version?

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CraigD

3 years ago

I don't actually use the windows version - I created it so my wife could use it on her latop if she wanted, but never did!

Cantata is currently being ported to Ubuntu Touch. But this version wont have dynamic playlists, tag editing, etc. I suppose that this /might/ make it easier to port to other touch environments.

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CraigD

3 years ago

In touch mode, how do you add songs to the playqueue? Do you press and hold to get the context menu?

There is som e Qt code that I can use to make the views 'flickable' but it interferes with the selection...

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julon

3 years ago

Ok, thanks for the info!

I'm actually using the windows port (how ingrateful of your wife, btw :D ) on an Asus Transformer T100, and I'll switch to Ubuntu on it as soon as it gets stable enough for daily use (the eternal driver problem on new devices)

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CraigD

3 years ago

Can you send me an email? I have a pre-release version I'd like you to try. (I have no touch devices myself, so cant test)

My email address is in the AUTHORS file.

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dartfira

3 years ago

Is there a way to let media shortcurt works even when cantata is minimized?

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2.2.0 1 month ago

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