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NOTE: The screenshots on this page are out of date, and only reflect the 1.x codebase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

11 months 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.

faemir

4 years ago

Hey, love Cantata, easily the best mpd client i've ever used.

The one feature I really do miss from foobar on windows (and many players) is a toggle to stop after the current song. Obviously it's not implemented in mpd, and all of the 'workarounds' to get it are pretty messy and horrible.

Would Cantata ever have this feature?

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CraigD

4 years ago

If you select the '1' icon in the bottom right - this will enable MPDs single mode. Here only 1 track is played - either repatedly (if repeat is on)m or just the once. So, this will 'sort of' get what you want.

Not really sure how else to accomplish this. Perhaps filing a feature request with mpd? (actually there already is a bug report - http://bugs.musicpd.org/view.php?id=3126)

I'll give this some thought...

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jjordanthesailor

4 years ago

All I get is a settings menu with 1 item: configure shortcuts and a help menu. There is not even a menu to close Cantata.

Used to use cantata quite a lot so I thought I would go back to it but I need menus.

-j

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CraigD

4 years ago

Which versin of Cantata is this? 0.9.2? KDE, or Qt?

Cantata ha no menu bar, but in the top right there is a menu button. I've just compiled 0.9.2 for KDE, and Qt, and both versions have this menu button - which *does* have a quit option.

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CraigD

4 years ago

Which version of Cantata is this? 0.9.2? KDE, or Qt?

Cantata has no menu bar, but in the top right there is a menu button. I've just compiled 0.9.2 for KDE, and Qt, and both versions have this menu button - which *does* have a quit option.

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JTux270

4 years ago

hi Craig, sorry for contacting you here in the comments, but a month ago i've sent you a message through the kde-look form regarding Russian translation for QTcurve. Would you kindly contact me back? Thank you.

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CraigD

4 years ago

Hmmm... sorry if I did not reply, I usually do. Please feel free to contact me via email (I *hate* kde-apps/look messagging!). My email address is in the AUTHORS file (of Cantata, QtCurve, etc.)

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AozRoon

4 years ago

Nice new version !
Thank you

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marthy

4 years ago

I saw an update of Cantata in my distribution's repositories and It remind me I have a little request.
First of all, thanks a lot for your application, your time spent about It and your abilities.
Is it possible to make severals "Play Queue" like exaile. You know, some playlists (with personals names) in severals tabs. According to you, Is it technically possible with mpd client ? Thanks again for your job.

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CraigD

4 years ago

I think this /might/ be technically feasible - but its not something I would use. It would be mixing playlists and the playqueue - which I think would be a bit confusing. i.e. if the user had an active playqueue, but then switched to a playlist (to play it) - the original playqueue would either have to be stored as a playlist (as what name?), or be 'lost'

Cantata does allow you to list the contents of playlists in its playlists page.

p.s. Sorry about the late reply - kde-apps would not let me log in until now!

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maystar

4 years ago

This is really the best mpd client I've ever used. And it's more stable than the most ones.
That's why I am very surprised that here are no packages provided at all. In my ubuntu system I wasn't able to build Cantata without modifying my system. I didn't want to solve the dependencies just to give yet another player a try (I haven't expected such a good one...).
Fortunately I've found an rpm package here: http://software.opensuse.org/package/cantata
This could be easily transformed to a deb file using alien. I've also seen that you provide Windows version on the google code site. So you could provide packages for 3 mainstream system without any effort on this page. I guess this would increase the number of users as well as supporters.
Thanks for the great tool!

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CraigD

4 years ago

Cantata is developed on Kubuntu/Ubuntu. There is no need to modify your system - apart from installing some development packages.

Sorry, but I do not have the time to create packages for other systems. The windows build exists, as I thought it might be fun to try and port it to windows. However, even here no installer is provided.

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maystar

4 years ago

If you develop in Ubuntu why don't you offer prebuilt *.deb packages??? I guess you will do many people a favour.
Is there any information about the required dev packages? Normal user don't have them on their system and don't know anything about their dependancies.

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dodgie74

4 years ago

Building .deb packages is not such a trivial task as you appear to think it is.

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marthy

4 years ago

hello
I got a little problem.I have a small resolution (1024x600).I cannot enough reduce the main window and there is a part behind my panels. What can I do ?

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CraigD

4 years ago

Cantata can definitely be reduced to well within those limits.

Right click on the sidebar, and reduce the number of entries (assuming you dont want all items - but even with all items, its only 540px for me). Also, try changing the sidebar style, or remove text labels.

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zeltakc

4 years ago

hi craig

how are you?

any thought on the above (the rating stuff)?

thx

Z

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CraigD

4 years ago

As stated above:

What I need to know is;
1. How to retrieve the tag via MPD
2. How to use the tag in searches

Until the above is answered, I cant do anything.

I have no issues with adding support for this - but it is not something I would personally use. Therefore, I'm not inclined to spend ages trying to find the answers to the above. Once they are answered, I'll happily implement the feature...

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zeltakc

4 years ago

hya craigD

im not to technical with all the mpd struture or how its built but i got this idea after someone mentioned in #mpd that the new version 0.17 can read/write(?) various new tags including multiple user defined ones. if you want i can ask around on #mpd but it would be better if you could ask cirrus directly.

thx for considering this

oh offtopic ncmpcc just implemented proper queueing using the new mpd priority system..pretty cool :)

Z.

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CraigD

4 years ago

...never used 'irc'. All I need to know is;
1. How to retrieve the tag via MPD
2. How to use the tag in searches


As to queue support - Cantata already has this. Or is there something missing?

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Rasi

4 years ago

http://git.musicpd.org/cgit/master/mpd.git/commit/?id=ffea273a28179d2b5bbc24f967517bcf80940c63

This is the commit. I am trying to find the documentation for it. mpd wikia is a total mess.

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zeltakc

4 years ago

Hya

How are you? i recently found out the new mpd 0.17 has support for a bunch of user customizable tags. i was wondering if we could have finally proper support for rating. i know the free desktop common rating filed is 'FMPS_Rating'. more info on FMPS can be found here:

http://gitorious.org/xdg-specs/xdg-specs/blobs/master/specifications/FMPSpecs/specification.txt


using this common rating field will allow to import already available ratings within file and write the new ones into the common field.

This would be great for dynamic/smart/etc playlists

Thx again

Zeltak

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CraigD

4 years ago

And how do you configure MPD to look at the FMPS_Rating tag?

To use this tag in any meaningful way, it needs to be recognised by MPD. To use it in dynamic playlists I need to be able to ask mpd 'find Genre "Metal" FMPS_Rating "1"' So that it will find all Metal songs with a rating of 1. If MPD does not read and store the tag - then it is effectively useless.

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Nikoli

4 years ago

Hello, thank you for nice app.

Cantata has several optional deps and features, but all of them are automagic. Please add cmake options for disabling them even if required package is installed and found. It is required for gentoo USE flags.

http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/qa/automagic.xml

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CraigD

4 years ago

I've just commited support for this. This will be in 0.8.3. However, if you can please checkout the latest from SVN and confirm the changes.

Also, in future - please report bugs/wishes on the googlecode page. I'll see them sooner :-)

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11 months 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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