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Cantata

   1.4.0  

KDE Sound Application

Score 90%
Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  2809
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.




LicenseGPL
Source(1.4.0)
MS Windows(1.4.0)
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 Debian amd64 package

 
 by elric80 on: Apr 13 2012
 
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Thanks Craig for your continued work on this awesome app!

I made a binary package for Cantata that STILL needs some polish, yet installs files just fine. Built on sid, works fine on wheezy, and I guess it'll be fine with Ubuntu.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/430223/cantata_0.6.1-1_amd64.deb


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 more thoughts

 
 by zeltakc on: Apr 15 2012
 
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Hya again

I have some more thoughts if you dont mind :)

1) mpd has a new queue-like function (song priority):

http://git.musicpd.org/cgit/master/mpd.git/commit/?id=b159bc0c5f64dd4030f18cfa38539c5851d5157d

would it be possible to add it either with a shortcut or with the cool hover like add/play button. here is a mockup:

http://ompldr.org/vZGR4MQ

2) is it possible to add the song info hover like in the album view (the box with the file type etc) for the playlist view as well (i often want to know if the song is flac/mp3 etc)

3)concerning the backdrops, if you think it wont work for lyrics can you maybe consider a middle pane (ala amarok/gmpc?) Gmpc already has this implemented and its works really well, as it darkens the fanart and uses white text, see screen:

http://ompldr.org/vZGR4bw

this could be a user option (weather or not to have the pane present)

4) As for the global keyboard shortcut to focus on the search filter in the library, i didnt mean a key to launch cantata (its always in the background on my PC), rather of a way to bring it up and auto focus on the filter box in the library view in order to quickly search the album/song and quickly add it to the playlist. For example see in screen:

http://ompldr.org/vZGR4dw

i would press the keyboard shortcut and it would bring me to (1) the filter box, then id press tab/other key and i could use the up/down key to press play (enter) or add (alt-enter) etc (2)..

this could also be just a command line argumant and i can assign it to a key shortcut through khotkeys if that easier. any thoughts?

thx again

Z.


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 Re: more thoughts

 
 by CraigD on: Apr 16 2012
 
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1. I'll think about this. But in your screenshot how would you set the priority? Also, would you not want the priority displayed in the playqueue?

2. Done for 0.7.0

3. Dont like the idea of a central info pane - its one of the first things I re-arranged with Amarok when it was possible. I will think about adding support, but its not a high priority for me. [ Patches always welcome :-) ]

4. I've extended the DBUS interface for 0.7.0. To raise cantata window:

qdbus org.kde.cantata /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 Raise

to show library page, and focus in search field:

qdbus org.kde.cantata /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 showPage library true

The view is the next 'tab' stop down, so that already works. As for adding a song with 'Enter', etc, you can already assign keyboard short-cuts to the add/replace actions.


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 3 requests about album arts

 
 by thenktor on: Apr 17 2012
 
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Hi, I think the new version (0.6.1) has improved much, thanks for that :)
And I have another 4 requests:
1. In library view there should be a place holder for the album art that is shown while the arts are loading. The place holder should have the same size like the album arts. At the moment the search results are moving further down as soon as the album arts appear.
2. Make size of the album arts in the grouped album view (playlist) configurable, too.
3. Add an bigger maximum size for all album arts
4. On hovering the album art in the upper left corner a higher resolution image could be shown (e.g. 500 px)

Thanks and keep up the good work!


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 Re: 3 requests about album arts

 
 by CraigD on: Apr 18 2012
 
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1. The default 'cd' icon should be used when the cover is loading. This is the case for me at least. I have, however, noticed that if you change the size of the covers - this default icon is left at its previous size. This may be the error you are seeing.

2. Tricky. At the moment, the first row is 'Header + 1st track'. This fits nicely with the cover size, increasing the size would disrupt this.

3. Why? It uses enough memory as is!

4. I'll think about this.


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 Re: Re: 3 requests about album arts

 
 by thenktor on: Apr 18 2012
 
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1. OK, I should check this with another icon theme. For me it did not show any cd icon. But still it will be a problem if icon size changes.

2. I understand. Maybe the header can have more than one line? E.g. the album year in the second line. This would increase the tiny size.

3. I have plenty of memory and I love album arts :D OK, this is not really important.


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 Re: Re: Re: 3 requests about album arts

 
 by CraigD on: Apr 18 2012
 
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1. I lied, sorry! Just tested, and it does adapt to change in icon size.

2. Dont like the idea of using a 3rd line. What I /might/ do is draw the album cover behind the playqueue. So that its drawn beneath (e.g.) the first 5 entries.

3. I'll add an extra-large setting (64 pixels for library, 160pixels for albums?)


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 Amazing music player

 
 by vishzilla on: Apr 23 2012
 
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My friend, you have just hit the sweet spot. KDE trully deserves such an app.


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 Search and git repo

 
 by mzalewski on: Apr 23 2012
 
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I'm not sure if comments here are preferred way to contact with maintainer, but I wanted to drop two feature requests:

1. It would be great if there could be more advanced search function. Right now Cantata search in every tag it has in database. Sometime it is slow and it finds many unwanted results. Narrowing search string to specific tags and combining them together (like: "find every song with 'garden' in title and 'rose' in artists") could be really useful. As for user interface, maybe put little arrow on right side of search box - after clicking, it would expand advanced search (in a way very similar to gmail's new web interface). Or make search bar keyword-aware (e.g. artist:roses title:garden), preferably with automatic keyword completion. Or just open new window with advanced search settings ;) .

2. How about public git repo? There are few free sites, like github or gitorious.org. I believe that contributing to this great project would be made easier this way. Of course source packages of final versions could still be posted here.


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 Re: Search and git repo

 
 by CraigD on: Apr 23 2012
 
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1. Will think about this

2. Not too keen on git, but I have uploaded the svn repository to googlecode: https://code.google.com/p/cantata/

Please feel free to contact me via email, and feel free to submit patches :-)


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 Play queue fix

 
 by ber0es on: Apr 24 2012
 
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I suggest to change the view of play queue, so cover pic won't overlap with song selection and play arrow (https://www.dropbox.com/s/4i3wz9x6eji4v9b/snapshot50.png). May be the good way would be to use 2 lines against cover pic to display album info (https://www.dropbox.com/s/srf4xgolesed3b3/snapshot51.png).


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 Re: Play queue fix

 
 by CraigD on: Apr 24 2012
 
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No. I dont like the 1st track taking 3 lines. I like the play queue as is.


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