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Downloads:  2535
Submitted:  Dec 21 2011
Updated:  Apr 8 2014


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.


1. Fix adding songs to playqueue with priority when playqueue is not empty.
2. When loading covers, if load fails, check to see if this is because of an incorrect extension. e.g. load a .jpg file with PNG type, and vice versa.
3. Fix showing of time-slider when Cantata is started minimized to system tray and MPD is playing.
4. Remove unused 'Back' action.
5. Don't treat albums with artists such as 'AlbumArtist ft Other' as multiple artist albums.
6. Fix updating of playqueue sidebar tooltip and icon.
7. Add playqueue action to main window, so that shortcut works.
8. When using track organizer, also try to move artist images, backdrop images, and playlist files.
9. After altering filename scheme from track organizer, save settings.
10. Don't set year or disc in tag editor for 'All Tracks' unless they are non zero.
11. In tag-editor, when obtaining values to use for 'All Tracks' entry, don't ignore empty fields.
12. When determining album year, ignore playlist files!
13. If MPD database is refreshed whilst listview is not at top level, then reset view to top level.
14. When TrackOrganizer is called after TagEditor, only perform MPD update once.
15. When editing filename scheme, after inserting a variable set cursor position to after newly inserted text and give focus back to line edit.

1. If Cantata is started whilst an instance is also running, raise window of current instance. (Linux only fix)
2. Add song to playqueue from albums page when double-clicked.
3. Fix display of online-service track album-artist in copy dialog.
4. Ensure library is loaded the very first time Cantata is run (ie. after connected to MPD via initial settings wizard).
5. When song is updated in context view, abort any current network jobs.
6. Fix expand all / collapse all actions. Expand all will only expand 1 level for main browsers.
7. When reading lines from user mpd.conf file, read as utf-8.
8. Reset devices and online-services models when artist-view cover size changes.
9. If downloading online-service track listing fails, then stop loader and show error.
10. Use new location of Jamendo DB listing.

1. In cover/artist dialog, when attempting to save an image into Cantata's cache folder - ensure the 'covers' sub-folder is created.
2. When saving artist image from cover dialog, if set to save in MPD folder and song's path does not have 2 folder elements then save in cache folder. Cantata will only save artist images, and backdrops, in MPD folder if the folder structure is (e.g.) Artist/Album/Track.mp3
3. Use case-insensitive sort of folder view items when adding to playqueue.
4. When determining the 'basic' artist of a track, if albumartist is set and artist is not, then use albumartist.
5. For the web-links in the context view, replace ampersand and question mark characters in artist names with the relevant URL encoding.
6. Use CMake to locate X11 libraries and headers.
7. Set minimum size for initial settings wizard.
8. If buddy of a checkbox or radio is clicked, then toggle check or radio.
9. Disable context-view cancel actions until a job is created.
10. When searching models, also search composer field.
11. Fix enabling of "Initially collapse albums" in playlists settings tab.
12. Fix grouped playlist view initial state when set to initially collapse albums.
13. Fix calculating size of song files when copying off a device that has been previously scanned, and its contents cached.
14. When copying from a CD, check that we have enough space for track that was encoded with a 1:18 ratio. Just a sanity check really.
15. Fix song notification mem-leak (Linux only).
16. When transitioning between backdrops in cover view, draw old at correct position.
17. Dont load library twice at start-up when cache has been deleted current tab is artists or albums.

1. Fix collapsed context-view selector buttons text when using a dark background.
2. Apply some Fedora patches.
3. Fix MPD HTTP stream playback.
4. Fix painting of Gtk thin scrollbar style on comboboxes.
5. When waiting for replies from MPD, use Qt's standard timeout value of 30s. While the socket is still connected, Cantata will wait up to 4 times the timeout value. Therefore, the actual timeout has increased to 2minutes!
6. If a sidebar view has focus, but sidebar is collapsed, then find action should activate playqueue search widget.
7. FreeBSD 10 compile fixes.
8. Fix scaling of context view background when size of view changes.
9. Elide text of context view selector buttons, if insufficient space.
10. Only show mopidy note in copy/remove dialog if connected to mopidy.
11. Fix broken en_GB translation.
12. Fix folder-view path parsing. If two folders only differed in the last character then Cantata would have placed the contents of the second into the listing of the first.
13. Explicitly link to pthread.
14. Do not allow 'auto-hide sidebar' and 'playqueue in sidebar' to be active at the same time.
1. Fix duplicate translations - causes KDE builds to fail.

Main new features in this release:
1. Basic undo/redo for playqueue.
2. Search tab - searches performed via MPD. This tab is hidden by default.
3. Optionally cache scaled covers, to improve loading of albums view. (Displaying of covers should be faster after 1st run, when the scaled contents are saved)
4. Only start internal HTTP server when required, and stop after last non-MPD track removed from playqueue.
5. If listallinfo fails then use lsinfo recursively to retrieve the music collection. listallinfo requires more memory with MPD 0.18, and has been reported to fail for large collections.
6. Cache folder listing (as per music collection), if folders view is used.
7. Better support for Mopidy (requires Mopidy 0.18, or newer)

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 Debian amd64 package

 by elric80 on: Apr 13 2012
Score 50%

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.


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 more thoughts

 by zeltakc on: Apr 15 2012
Score 50%

Hya again

I have some more thoughts if you dont mind :)

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


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


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:


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:


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


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 Re: more thoughts

 by CraigD on: Apr 16 2012
Score 50%

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
Score 50%

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
Score 50%

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
Score 50%

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
Score 50%

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
Score 50%

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
Score 50%

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
Score 50%

No. I dont like the 1st track taking 3 lines. I like the play queue as is.

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