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Cantata

   1.4.0  

KDE Sound Application

Score 90%
Cantata
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Cantata
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Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  2811
Submitted:  Dec 21 2011
Updated:  Jul 22 2014

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 - sorted as Album Artist (or Artist if Album Artist not set), Album, and finally Track.
2. Albums - displays albums as icons, sorted by their title.
3. Folders - displays MPDs virtual filesystem. (This view is hidden by default)
4. Playlists
5. Dynamic - dynamic playlists
6. 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.
7. Online - Jamendo, Magnatune, SoundCloud, and Podcasts
8. Devices - enables copying from/to USB-Mass-Storage (UMS) and MTP devices, and ripping AudioCDs

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://cantata.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/README, for further information.




Changelog:

1.4.0
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Main new features in this release:
1. Use external helper app to read/write tags. Isolates Cantata from TagLib crashes.
2. Lyrics auto-scroll.
3. Option to auto-switch to context view.
4. Toolbar reorganisation.
5. Comment tag support for tag-editor and dynamic playlists.
6. Attempt to respect menubar usage of current DE.
7. Reduce memory used by covers.
8. Artists and albums with new tracks shown in bold.
9. 'Touch Friendly' option - increases button widths, and makes views flickable.
10. Multiple genre support.
11. Streams now stored in '[Radio Streams]' MPD playlist. Compatible with MPDroid development version.
12. Use MusicBrainz AlbumId (if set) to differentiate albums. This helps if you have multiple releases of the same album.
13. Search for streams via dirble.
14. Reduce supplied stream providers to IceCast, ShoutCast, Drible, and TuneIn. Provide dialog to download others from Google drive.
15. Qt-only by default.
16. Scrobbling.
17. Show song lyrics, information, and tags, in context view.




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Source(1.4.0)
MS Windows(1.4.0)
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 best of all players

 
 by k2s on: Nov 7 2013
 
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thank you for your work


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 Re: best of all players

 
 by CraigD on: Nov 8 2013
 
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Glad you like it :-)


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 small request

 
 by zeltakc on: Nov 8 2013
 
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Hya again

i guess im still missing something. i tried your suggestion from a few weeks ago but i still cant completely hide the artist/album info from the context view:
https://paste.xinu.at/ZGZ3Xf/

this is the best i can get ^^

its kinda bad looking, is there no way to just have lyrics showing in the cantata window. could i request that? i really dont need the artist/album info all the time and it wastes valuable space when i tile cantata

thx

Z


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 Re: small request

 
 by CraigD on: Nov 8 2013
 
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You nee dto shrink the left hand side. If it becomes to small, Cantata places the three parts (artist, album, song) into 1 controlled by a combo.


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 got it

 
 by zeltakc on: Nov 9 2013
 
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Got it!

ok that makes sense :) its perfect now.

I cant seem to get cantata to use my local artist images. my folder structure is a bit non standard:

albums are stored like this
/home/zeltak/music/A/AC newman/get guilty/

and for artist images its stored in the artist root folder

/home/zeltak/music/B/Beck/beck.jpg

I think it does pick up the folder.jpg but not the actuall artist image.is the folder structure whats causing the problems?

Also i have alot of ideas/requests i would love to share with you and hear your opinion on and ill do it in another post?

thank you so much for all your work on cantata, its makes my life much more enjoyable each day ;-)

Z


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 Re: got it

 
 by zeltakc on: Nov 9 2013
 
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Just to clarify

it DOES actually use the artist image in the artists view, not in the context view for some reason, is that a bug or by design?

Z


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 Re: Re: got it

 
 by CraigD on: Nov 10 2013
 
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Ideally Cantata prefers afrtist.png/artist.jpg - but the way covers are searched for is detailed in the README.

When you say its not shown in the contet view - do you mean the context view background, or in the artist column? The artist column will use the same mechanism to get the image as the artist page - so this should (and for me does) work.

For the context view background, this image is not used - backgrounds are retreived from fanart.tv, or discogs if this fails - this is because these provide larger, wide-screen images. If both of these fail, Cantata should create a backdrop from the album covers.


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 Re: Re: Re: got it

 
 by zeltakc on: Nov 10 2013
 
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hya

Yeah i mean the context view. it does work really well in the artist column. I usually manually download the artist image with HD quality (and store it in the root artist folder). thats why i thought it would be using that but i understand now the content view pulls from the Internet, its not a big issue but perhaps allow an option to first look for available artist image in root folder and use that if available before fetching on-line? also if image isnt available perhaps add an option to save in root artist folder to complement the save cover/lyrics

ill move the rest of the feature/bug discussion to google code as you suggested

thx

Z


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 2 feature requests

 
 by Rasi on: Nov 9 2013
 
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libmpdclient got these 2 new features which would be cool to have in cantata:

first of all: sort library by modification time:
http://git.musicpd.org/cgit/master/libmpdclient.git/commit/?id=899d7edd245b6ab705e54f8748fc9ae021f83711

and 2nd: show custom tags:
http://git.musicpd.org/cgit/master/libmpdclient.git/commit/?id=d180dcbe8beec1cbab591978bd99cd9d432ab142


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 Re: 2 feature requests

 
 by zeltakc on: Nov 9 2013
 
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Wow

Great news from MPD. i have related ideas/requests to this so ill just raise them here, would really like to hear your thoughts on these CraigD.

1.make cantata keyboard friendly as much as possible:
currently its pretty usable but some areas are lacking for mouse free operation:
-add hotkey to focus play queue area and artist/album? perhaps the current keys to switch to context,artist etc will also focus the selected area?

2. building on what rasi reported/requested i think it would be finally great to have:
a) enhancements to the dynamic player using play dates (IE, not played in last X weeks, added in 2003 etc etc) and maybe ratings (see below) with new tag options
b)ratings-add a simple 5 level rating or rating numbers perhaps using the free desktop standard (FMPS_Rating)

https://gitorious.org/xdg-specs/xdg-specs/source/575138ee6db957618631de56940540d1bcdf8525:specifications/FMPSpecs/specification.txt

3) vertical interface that better works with 16:9 laptop screens IE have the play queue on bottom of the artist/context

4) button to open Google search in browser for lyrics with current playing song+artist for lyrics that cant be found and edited manually

thx alot, again if i can help in any non coding way (i am to dumb to code :)) let me know!!

Z


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 Re: Re: 2 feature requests

 
 by CraigD on: Nov 10 2013
 
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Please use https://code.google.com/p/cantata/ for bug reports/feature requests.

1. Easy enough to do, and I suppose this makes sense :-)

2. You have asked for this before, and the response still stands. Until you can *query* for tracks by rating, last-played, or last-modified then this is a no go. The dynmic mode is a separate helper script - and this would need to be abe to query mpd - e.g. to find tracks by Abba with a rating>=3.5 'find artist "Abba" rating-gt 3.5' AFAIK, this is not supported.

3. I'll think about this, but I'm not convinced of its usefulness. Why not just place the playqueue in the sidebar?

4. You can already change the search terms - right click on the lyrics view, and select "Search"


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 Re: Re: Re: 2 feature requests

 
 by CraigD on: Nov 10 2013
 
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1 is now implemented in trunk - which will be 1.2.0.


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 Re: 2 feature requests

 
 by CraigD on: Nov 10 2013
 
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First of all, Cantata does not use libmpdclient - so these are not directly applicable.

However, not sure what use these are goint to be. What is Cantata going to use last-modified for?

Until you can search using these fields, I dont see the usefulness.


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 Re: Re: 2 feature requests

 
 by Rasi on: Nov 10 2013
 
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I thought this is obvious :)
Sorting by modification time will always have newly added albums on top, which makes it easier to find those albums you havent listened much yet.


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 Re: Re: Re: 2 feature requests

 
 by CraigD on: Nov 10 2013
 
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Yes, but what is the real point? I know which albums I've recently added, getting Cantata to display this is pretty pointless. Plus, it'd mean more data to store in Cantata's cache - slowing the read down, etc.

If you cannot query MPD using these - as in 'find artist abc added_gt 01/01/2013' then I dont see much use. If you could, then the feature would be usefull for a dynamic playlist - so that you could play new tracks, etc.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 2 feature requests

 
 by Rasi on: Nov 10 2013
 
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Well i buy LOTS of music and finding those inside my library is a pain. ncmpcpp does the sorting for quite some time now and its a lifesafer...


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 Great Work

 
 by hbdee on: Nov 15 2013
 
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This is my favourite player now. It's fast, has the right features without being bloated, is intuitive, and it looks slick. I've been looking for a good player for a while, so thanks for your work.


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 Streams won't play in 1.2.0

 
 by dys4ya on: Dec 19 2013
 
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Just tried installing 1.2.0 and streams won't play. Error message is mpd error: failed to decode <stream.address> .

Downgrading back to 1.1.3 and all is fine. Any clues as I really like cantata.


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 Re: Streams won't play in 1.2.0

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 19 2013
 
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Just tried, and my streams play ok.

Which stream is failing? Is this a KDE, Qt4, Qt5, or Windows build? Are you behind a proxy?


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 Re: Re: Streams won't play in 1.2.0

 
 by dys4ya on: Dec 20 2013
 
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Nothing from the streams list or favourites would play i.e. Soma, Shoutcast, Sky.fm. Tried removing all the config files and restarting but no good: 1.1.3 plays 1.2.0 doesn't (streams that is, everything else is fine).

This is what I get: http://im9.eu/picture/cant - no useful info from running cantata in a term.

Its a QT4 (KDE) build, no firewall or proxy


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 Re: Re: Streams won't play in 1.2.0

 
 by dys4ya on: Dec 20 2013
 
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Another small piece of info, if a stream was left on the playlist from 1.2.0, starting 1.1.3 and trying to play it fails. It needs to be reloaded from the left panel then plays OK.


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 Re: Re: Re: Streams won't play in 1.2.0

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 20 2013
 
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Most radio station URLs point to .pls or .m3u files - and MPD will not play these. So, Cantata will download the first 1k of data of a stream - and check if it is a playlist (pls, m3u, etc). If so it dsecodes this, and looks for an actual stream URL. If it finds one, it send this to MPD, otherwise it falls back to the original URL.

For some reason the above is not working for you in 1.2, but is in 1.1.

Please do the following:

1. Remove any items from MPDs play queue.
2. Stop Cantata
3. Restart Cantata as follows:

CANTATA_DEBUG=512 cantata

4. Load your stream as before.
5. When the error occurs stop Cantata

Cantata should now have logged some debug info into ~/.cache/cantata/cantata.log Please email this file to me. My email address is in the AUTHORS file.

Also, in future please open a bug report for issues. Thanks.


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 Re: Re: Re: Streams won't play in 1.2.0

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 20 2013
 
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Actually, please use the following to start Cantata instead:

CANTATA_DEBUG=4608 cantata


...this will log more info.


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 Re: Streams won't play in 1.2.0

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 19 2013
 
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...also, how are you adding the stream? From a saved favourite, or just adding the URL to the playqueue?

If its from a favourite, what name have you given the station?


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