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Cantata

   1.4.0  

KDE Sound Application

Score 90%
Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  2760
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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 more bugs

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 18 2012
 
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Hi again

How are you?

I have some more bugs to report:

1)every few songs i get a red warrning saying:

"problems setting volume"

it dosent happen in other mpd clients, i wonder why its popping up?

2)the kde song notificatinons lag a bit (takes a few seconds for them to appear) and when you quiclkly change tracks they stack up the current one and hide the current notification

requests:

1)could we have auto scrolling lyrics (speed set by tempo/time of song/user)

2)is it possible (like in amarok) to have the info in the playlist be user configurable..that is add file type or remove number of tracks..etc

thx again

Z


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 Re: more bugs

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 19 2012
 
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1. Cantata does not alter the volume when song changes, but it does read the MPD status. Do you have any otehr clients running that could be changing the volume? To see the messages sent between Cantata and MPD, edit mpd/mpdconnection.cpp and remove the double slashes (//) from lines 39 and 40. Then recompile.

2. Not much I can do about this, I'm just using the standard KDE notification system.

3. Auto scrolling lyrics, must admit I *hate* that feature - I don't like the text moving whilst I'm trying to read.

4. By playlist, I assume you mean the play queue? The table style play queue allows you to have more information shown - but not everything.


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 Albumartist tag support

 
 by Rasi on: Mar 18 2012
 
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Please add support for album artist tag. Albums with this tag should be shown under "Various Artists"

Mpd supports it, so it makes perfect sense to include it into cantata...


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 Re: Albumartist tag support

 
 by Rasi on: Mar 18 2012
 
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I was too fast with this request. Actually you DO support it. But an option to make those appear as Various Artists would still be nice.


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 Re: Re: Albumartist tag support

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 19 2012
 
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I'm not 100% certain what you are asking for here. Do you mean that cantata should be checking for albums which have 1 album artist, but multiple artists? And then file these under 'Various Artists'?


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 Re: Re: Re: Albumartist tag support

 
 by Rasi on: Mar 19 2012
 
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exactly


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 Dynamic Playlist

 
 by Rasi on: Mar 18 2012
 
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A dynamic playlist function would be kinda neat to have. What this does: It adds X tracks to the playlist and makes sure its always equally filled. (mpds consume mode can take care of this) remove last played song and cantata adds a new one instantly at the end of the playlist.

Advanced functionality that would be nice: filter it by artist, genre, etc... maybe even lookup similar tracks/artists on last.fm...


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 Re: Dynamic Playlist

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 19 2012
 
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wow was about to ask this myself..that would be really cool to have in cantata

z.

P.S seems like cantata has been growing rapidly in terms of users lately..thats really cool :)


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 make use of lazy loading

 
 by Rasi on: Mar 18 2012
 
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when mpds database has changed, cantata needs to fetch all the informations anew. (whyever that is, an mpd client normally does not need a copy of the database)

anyway, this can be quite slow if mpd is on another machine. maybe sync the database with lazy loading, not blocking the UI.


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 Re: make use of lazy loading

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 19 2012
 
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The UI should not be blocked when loading the database, as the MPD connection is in another thread. However, when the database is loaded Cantata then compares this with its existing copy, and checks for additions/removals - but this should be fairly quick. The only 'blocking' is probably because whilst the MPD thread is reading/processing the database it cant be sending play, etc, commands. I could resolve this by having 1 more mpd connection - one for updating the DB, and one for sending commands.

As to why the whole DB is read - that's they way it was with QtMPC (which Cantata is based upon). It does cache the DB to an XML file, so subsequent restarts should be faster. Having the whole DB does help with things like device sync - as I can then check if a file is already in the DB very quickly.


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 Kde and ReplayGain

 
 by thenktor on: Mar 20 2012
 
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I've built without KDE support and got this message:
"Building WITHOUT KDE support - Device Sync, Track Organizer, ReplayGain, and CommandLine support DISABLED"

Why is ReplayGain disabled? This is handled by mpd anyway, isn't it?


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 Re: Kde and ReplayGain

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 20 2012
 
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Cantata contains code to calculate replaygain tags, and store these back to your audio files. Without KDE support, this functionality is missing. I agree, the message could be clearer :)


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 Re: Re: Kde and ReplayGain

 
 by thenktor on: Mar 20 2012
 
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OK, thanks for explanation.


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 Feature requests

 
 by thenktor on: Mar 20 2012
 
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I also have some feature request:
1. A button for quick access to activated, e.g. opening a radio list like in GMPC
2. Make library search configurable to search all tags at once (at least artist, album and title). So I can search for "pink floyd wish" to find the "Wish You Were Here" album or track.
3. I really don't like my music player to make changes to my music folder, so I don't think automatically writing cover arts directly to the music folder is a good idea. Also my cover arts are not named "cover.jpg", but most times $ALBUMNAME.jpg/png
4. Finally a rather unimportant one: make the cover art in the upper left corner bigger, add more tag infos besides the buttons: comment, file type, bitrate

As long time Amarok user and fan this project finally seems to provide a good GUI for mpd :-)


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 Re: Feature requests

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 20 2012
 
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1. ??? Not sure what you mean by 'activated' here???
2. All tagas are searched, but how would I know that 'pink floyd' is the artist, and 'wish' was for the song? I guess using tags would help - artist:pink floyd song:wish
3. Then point cantata to a non-existant folder - that way covers will not be saved there. Perhaps for 0.6.0 I'll add an option to not auto-save downloaded covers to the library.
4. I like the cover size as is, fits with the size of the text and buttons. 'Comment' - why? At the moment Cantata ignores 'comment' - I have no need for this. File type and bitrate I could perhaps add as a tooltip, but I really dont see why this is important enough to always be present.


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 Re: Re: Feature requests

 
 by thenktor on: Mar 20 2012
 
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1. Ouch, I've forgotten a word :) I've meant quick access to activated sound outputs. GMPC has a menu entry for it and I'm using it to activate/deavtivate mpd's output to various sound cards
2. Actually it is not important which one is the artist or title. Of course a song called "Floyd - Wish you were pink" would be found, too. But still it would be more intutive to search for songs. E.g. GMPC offers a search option "any" to search all tags and it's the default behaviour of Amarok and Exaile.
3. Any chance to recognize the first image found in the album folder? ;)
4. Well, I'm using the comment tag for extended infos about the recording, e.g. "2012 remastered version", but that stuff is just cosmetic.


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 Re: Re: Re: Feature requests

 
 by zeltakc on: Mar 20 2012
 
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hya

yeah a quick access to the sound outputs would be great (and an option to assign keyboard shortcuts to quick switch the mpd outputs could be great to)

i also like the search anything option in gmpc alot. actually a tiny but off topic it would be super cool if one could tie the cantata search to krunner and add songs through krunner :)

z


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 Re: Re: Re: Feature requests

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 20 2012
 
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1. What is the real use-case? when do you need such quick access?? I have no problem adding it, just dont want to clutter the UI if I can avoid it.
2. Ah, see what you mean - seach each word individually.
3. Could do


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Feature requests

 
 by thenktor on: Mar 20 2012
 
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1. Well, I'm using one soundcard connected to my hifi stereo and one sound card connected to my headphones amp. So I can disable the output to the stereo while using the headphones.
Another use case that comes to my mind is enabling http stream output for friends while listening.
These are IMHO cool features in mpd that make mpd unique ;)


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Feature requests

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 21 2012
 
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But cantata already allows you to control/switch outputs, via the config dialog. Neither of your scenarios requires the output be accessible via a menu.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Feature requests

 
 by thenktor on: Mar 21 2012
 
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I'm doing this at least 10 times a week but I could probably write a small tool with systray icon for this task myself.



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