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Cantata

   1.4.2  

KDE Sound Application

Score 90%
Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  3054
Submitted:  Dec 21 2011
Updated:  Sep 28 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:

1.4.2
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1. When guessing song details from filename (due to missing tags), remove any extension - not just three letter extensions!
2. In tag editor, only show '(Various)' hint for the 'All tracks' entry.
3. Also capitalise composer in tag editor.
4. Resize device properties dialog when changing transcoder.
5. Initialise sidebar icon sizes before constructing.
6. Display multiple genres as separate entries in playlists page genre combo.
7. Resize cover in grouped view if it is too wide.
8. In context view, when creating links to similar artists compare artists names case-insensitively.
9. Fix downloading of podcasts when url is redirected.
10. If 'force single click' is disabled, then double-click on icon view will not add artist/album to playqueue but navigate into.
11. When using Cache config page to clear disk cover/scaled-cover cache, also clear memory cache.
12. Allow to change stream, and online-service, filter search category without closing current search field.
13. Fix combo-box text changed signal for Qt5 builds.
14. Don't have double spacer when cover-widget is hidden.
15. Fix crash in context view if song tracks changed quickly.
16. Better method of setting disabled opacity for monochrome icons.
17. Fix parsing of podcast RSS files containing "content" tag.
18. Set user-agent for podcast URL queries, otherwise requests can fail.
19. Use https://googledrive.com/host/XXX and not https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=XXX for stream provider URLs, etc. Seems like the drive.google.com URLs have download limits.
20. Fix crash when changing buttons of dialogs in Qt builds.
21. Fix setting of played state for podcasts.
22. Fix display of unplayed podcast episode counts.
23. Check if downloading podcasts in closeEvent() as well as quit()
24. If initial settings wizard is canceled, ensure that it is shown at next start.
25. Ignore empty station names in shoutcast and dirble.
26. Fix potential crash when parsing cue files.
27. Replace any of (/ ? < > \ : * | ") with underscore when creating cover file cache names under windows.

1.4.1
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1. Remove unused var warning when compiling without online services.
2. Remove some moc/QObject warnings in KDE builds without streams or http server.
3. Update current song to scrobble, even if disabled, so that when enabled we can scrobble.
4. Seems like MPDSribble itself is broken with regards to sending "love" status, so remove MPDScribble from list of scrobblers.
5. Last.fm replies are XML, so decode these properly!
6. Don't log scrobbler session key to debug file.
7. Remove extra margin in podcast settings dialog.
8. When adjusting track numbers in tag editor, start from first actual track.
9. Only enable 'center on current track' action if there is a current track.
10. Use comma to split multiple genres in tooltip and table views.
11. Don't URL encode scrobble keys, just values.
12. If now playing has been sent, track has not been scrobbled, then when track is played after beeing paused for more than 5 seconds resend now playing.
13. Rescrobble, and re-send now playing, if track is repeated.
14. Exceptions are required for all non Qt5 builds.
15. Fix crash in settings dialog when some system-tray options removed.
16. Use QIcon::fromTheme to set system-tray icon.
17. Fix compilation with older ffmpeg versions.
18. Fix compilation with taglib versions older than 1.8
19. Use KDE cmake macro to enable exceptions in KDE builds.
20. Don't alter text of 'Other Views' tab in preferences dialog if streams, online, and device support are disabled - as there are still 2 views; folders and search.
21. Only remove cached scaled covers if updated via cover dialog.
22. If auto-splitter hide is disabled, then restore sizes.
23. ReplayGain settings only valid for MPD v0.16 onwards.
24. Don't center align context view headers and images - as this does not always work for images.
25. Attempt to align song view selector with header.
26. Remove 'Add albums in random order' from search view context menu.
27. Remove mention of streams from initial settings wizard file settings.
28. Fix updating of playqueue background when option changed in preferences dialog.
29. Fix reading of playqueue, and context, backdrop settings.
30. Fix uneven view heights when touch friendly setting is enabled.

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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 only lyrics pane (again :)) and other cornucopia

 
 by zeltakc on: Dec 23 2013
 
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Hya CraigD

first of all happy holidays!

i know ive asked this before but i would like to ask again for an (option) to have just lyrics in the song information pane pane. i know you can decrease the size of the panel to just show lyrics but its very limiting (especially on wide screens) where i have 90% of the pane for the playlist and the lyrics as a small strip , IE:

https://paste.xinu.at/c7m/

- also i love the new design of cantata! I created monochrome icon themes for both gmpc and gmusicbrowser, examples:

https://paste.xinu.at/y2CbBA/

https://paste.xinu.at/nsIJ5/

if you like them i can send you the full svg/png images, i think some icons could fit in well in cantata and or can be used as an extra theme


-also can cantata read lyrics from id3 tags (for the files that have them)?


- kinda off topic, have you heard of beets?
http://beets.radbox.org/

its fantastic and works really well with MPD, im starting to dive into it and loving it so far

thanks alot again

best wishes

Z.





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 Re: only lyrics pane (again :)) and other cornucop

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 23 2013
 
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1. Option to have context always collapsed into a single pane is now in trunk. However, even in 1.2.x each pane is resizable via a splitter, so you can just hide the ones you dont want.

2. Thanks, but I'm not sure where I'd use the monochrome icons.

3. Cantata can already read lyrics from ID3 tags - but you cannot update them.

4. I have heard of beets, but have never used it.


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 Some ideas..

 
 by zeltakc on: Dec 23 2013
 
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Thx CraigD

built from trunk and works great
since its the holidays and i have some spare (kids and wife allowing :)) time, and i really would like to contribute to cantata, i made some mock-ups of some ideas/usability refinements i think could benefit cantata, i wont get offended if you think it sucks or dont care for them much, just throwing out some ideas :)

1) it would be nice to have the backdrop image resize to fit current size of the window to avoid issues like this:
https://paste.xinu.at/3daDc/

2) horizontal view: would be nice to allow the user (if possible) to swap the vertical view ot horizontal view, here is a simple mock-up i created:

https://paste.xinu.at/AOla1t/


3) Add Bottom bar with small icons option. as you can see in the screenshot below, using the normal icons with the bottom bar looks really bad

https://paste.xinu.at/3daDc/

4)save/load backdrops to artist root location and not folder- currently as far as i understand it saves the same backdrop in each album folder which creates redundancy?

if you find this suggestions annoying/bizarre/uselss etc totally understand and will just bug you with normal feature requests in the future

take care

Z


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 Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 23 2013
 
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1. Agreed - and I had thought about this for a future relelease.

2. Not 100% convinced. Looks awful to me. However, as always, patches are welcome :-)

3. Your screenshot does not show the bottom bar. Anyway, this 'bottom bar' was only ever added when I attempted an android port (which I aborted, as it just didnt work very well)

4. Backdrops are saved in artist folder. e.g. if you have

mpd_dir = /var/lib/mpd/music
file: /var/lib/mpd/music/Artist/Album/File.mp3

...then backdrop.jpg will be saved into /var/lib/mpd/music/Artist. The exception to this is for Various Artists albums, these backdrops are saved in user's cache folder.


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 Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 23 2013
 
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Bottom and top bars with small icons now implemented in trunk.


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 Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 23 2013
 
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...and in trunk, context view backdrop now resizes.


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 Re: Re: Some ideas..

 
 by zeltakc on: Dec 24 2013
 
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Thx alot, wow thats cool. i did find 2 bugs in trunk after the changes

1) about~ 30% of the time the backdrops are wrong, see example

https://paste.xinu.at/jfy/

the artist is iron maiden but it pulls down depech mode
also does cantata use the artist backdrop in the root folder if available? i know now it can save it there but can it read from there (and if not would you mind adding that feature?)

2)resizing works but it splits the image when a certain size is met (see same above screenshot), wouldnt it be better and more aesthetic to just stretch the image?

can you confirm these bugs?

thx

Z



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 Re: Re: Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 24 2013
 
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1. Weird, I have never seen this. All I can suggest is that you run Cantata from a command line using:

CANTATA_DEBUG=4160 cantata

...this will cause the context widget, and network accecss, to gbe logged to ~/.cache/cantata/cantata.log The details of this should help fixing. Also, please report bugs via Cantata's bug tracker.

See the README file for details of how cantata saves/loads backdrops, covers, etc. (Section 5)

2. Stretch the image? You mean distort the aspect ratio? No way, that'd look terrible!


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Some ideas..

 
 by CraigD on: Dec 24 2013
 
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...instead of tiling, the image is now draw in the centre. Better?


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Some ideas..

 
 by zeltakc on: Dec 25 2013
 
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hehe yeah much better :) and posted the log as requested on the bug tracker on google code

best

Z


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 Suggestion

 
 by bvbfan on: Jan 4 2014
 
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First of all great app. Why name is Cantata with C we are KDE user and i really like all names to start with K especially C names, in this order C++ must be K++ :)
Vkontakte.ru may will be great feature.


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 Re: Suggestion

 
 by bendersteed on: Jan 7 2014
 
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Probably because this isn't purely a kde app. It can be built against kde libs but then again it can be built as a pure qt app so Kantata would be kinda misleading. My 2c though, I'm not the developer.


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 This MPD client is superb

 
 by therealpxc on: Jan 25 2014
 
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Hey, Craig! I just wanted to drop by to tell you (and any of your committers, if applicable— spread the word and the love!) that I'm really impressed with Cantata.

I'd used MPD before in the past (2009-2010), and decided to reinstall it when I reconfigured a cabinet-bound, old laptop I sometimes use to play music at parties. I had no idea such a fine MPD client even existed! There's truly no contest.

I look forward to dancing and listening with my friends at our next party, and for all of us taking turns showing each other our favorite music without unplugging and replugging the speakers over and over. I've already much enjoyed using the many streams you've made easily accessible from your app, and especially the radio streams (I love NPR's Weekend Edition in the mornings). The SoundCloud capability of this app is great for spontaneous listening to tracks not in my collection, too!

I haven't been this delighted by the discovery of a new application since (perhaps fittingly) I tried Amarok 1.3.8 for the first time! I guess that makes Cantata part of a long and honorable tradition of excellence in KDE music players. ;-)

Thanks for all the care you've taken in building an application that manages to be elegant even as it is so feature-rich. I hope it sees many more years of such care, because it's really a joy to use. :-)

— Patrick C.


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 Re: This MPD client is superb

 
 by CraigD on: Jan 27 2014
 
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Thank you for your kind words, glad you like the program :-)


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 pthread error

 
 by viron on: Feb 28 2014
 
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Doesn't seem to want to compile with glibc 2.17 pthread. Throws DSO error and end of compilation as follows:

Linking CXX executable cantata-replaygain
/usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.8.2/../../../../i486-slackware-linux/bin/ld: /usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.8.2/../../../libavcodec.a(pthread.o): undefined reference to symbol 'pthread_join@@GLIBC_2.0'
/usr/lib/gcc/i486-slackware-linux/4.8.2/../../../../i486-slackware-linux/bin/ld: note: 'pthread_join@@GLIBC_2.0' is defined in DSO /lib/libpthread.so.0 so try adding it to the linker command line
/lib/libpthread.so.0: could not read symbols: Invalid operation
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
make[2]: *** [replaygain/cantata-replaygain] Error 1
make[1]: *** [replaygain/CMakeFiles/cantata-replaygain.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2


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 Re: pthread error

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 1 2014
 
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Please try 1.3.1 - I've modifed the build to explicitly link against pthread.


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 Lyrics from tags

 
 by imruska on: Mar 2 2014
 
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You said that Cantata can read lyrics from ID3 tags, I have a few files that have lyrics in USLT tags (ID3 2.3.0), but Cantata does not show them (1.3.0.1, openSUSE), It only tries to retrieve the lyrics from various on-line sources.
It would also be great if you could implement displaying Lyrics stored in other files such as Flac files.


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 Re: Lyrics from tags

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 2 2014
 
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Cantata *DOES* read from USLT in id3 tags - but only if it can access the file.

Also, it reads lyrics from LYRICS tag for FLAC, Opus, Vorbis, and Speex files.


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 Lyrics from tags

 
 by imruska on: Mar 6 2014
 
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Oh, yes, you are right. The problem was that my collection was not complete. I had to do a database refresh and Cantata shows the embedded lyrics. Thank you very much.


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