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KDE Sound Application

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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  3439
Submitted:  Dec 21 2011
Updated:  Oct 30 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. Show correct separators for windows builds.
2. Supply TagLib 1.9.1 for windows builds.
3. Convert filename to UTF16 before passing to TagLib for windows builds.
4. When emiting signal to say cover is loaded, need to adjust size by pixel ratio.
5. Fix updating of toolbar coverwidget if cover is downloaded after song has started.
6. Fix compilation when online services disabled.
7. Fix dynamic playlists with no include rules.
8. Re-add option to show artist images in tree and list views.
1. Add missing libtag.dll to windows setup.

1. Remove cover size setting, set automatically.
2. Artist images only shown in grid view.
3. No images, or icons, shown in basic tree view.
4. Remove GUI option to control saving of scaled covers. This is enabled by default, and can be toggled via the config file.
5. Don't re-load view when sort changes.
6. Simplify view config pages.
7. Use QUrl with server details to build HTTP address used to compare MPD http file paths against.
8. Store song ratings in MPD's sticker DB. Ratings stored using 'rating' key and values 0 to 10. In the UI, ratings are show as 5 stars.
9. If we fail to download a cover, don't keep trying next time song is played.
10. Simplify toolbar cover widget, no border.
11. Allow preference dialog to shrink smaller. If screen size is less than 800px, then views page is re-arranged to allow much smaller dialog, category selector uses smaller icons, and headers are removed.. You can check this setting by calling cantata as follows: CANTATA_NETBOOK=1 cantata
12. Support MPDs "find modified-since" with MPD 0.19 and newer. If a number is entered it is taken to be 'modified since X days in past', otherwise a date should be entered (e.g. 01/12/2001 to find all tracks since 1st Dec 2001) Cantata will first try to convert from your locale date format, default date format, and then ISO date format.
13. Show covers in search results.
14. Show performer in cover tooltip if this is set and different to album artist.
15. Always large action icons for grid view.
16. Increase gap between add and play icons in grid view.
17. Disable volume fade on stop by default - this is really something MPD itself should implement.
18. Remove 'Add albums in random order' from view context menus.
19. Reorganize playqueue context menu.
20. Use 'Metadata' and not 'Tags' as metadata/tags view in context song pane.
21. Minor changes to song progress slider.
22. Show covers in playlist tree and list views.
23. Use read-only editable combo for filename in tag editor, so that text can be selected.
24. Also read /com/canonical/desktop/interface/scrollbar-mode to determine if overlay scrollbars have been disabled.
25. Add note about 'AlbumArtist' tag to initial settings wizard.
26. Use QDesktopWidget::logicalDpiX()/96.0 to set DPI scale factor.
27. Expand ~/ to QDir::homePath() when read from UI.
28. Save QDir::homePath()/ as ~ in config file, and convert when read.
29. Allow all bar title and artist columns to be hidden in playqueue.
30. Add option to disable song info tooltips.
31. Only show icons in message widget buttons if style uses icons for dialog buttons.
32. Add option to have separate play queue search action - enabled by default.
33. Revert back to storing scaled covers as JPG. PNG is taking too much space, especially with retina displays.
34. Read ArtistSort, AlbumArtistSort, and AlbumSort from MPD. If found, use these to sort items.
35. Add 'Full Refresh' action - cuases caches to be removed, and models to be completely refreshed.
36. Add actions to mark podcast as episode as listened or new.
37. Add action to cancel podcast downloads.
38. Download podcasts sequentially.
39. Configurable limit to auto podcast downloading.
40. When starting, remove any previous partial podcast downloads.
41. Don't make media keys backend configurable, auto detect the best one.
42. Remove Gtk combo popup size hack.
43. Fix Qt5 translations.
44. Add button to status bar to eanble/disable playback of MPD HTTP output stream.
45. Show notification when outputs changed.
46. Connect MPRIS stopAfterCurrent signal to correct action.
47. Add prev/play/pause/etc actions to Unity launcher, and to windows taskbar entry.
48. Fix current track highlight in grouped view under windows for header item.
49. Use same selection drawing for all views.
50. Fix size of collapsed window in windows builds.
51. If run under Unity or OSX, then place close buttons on left.
52. Fix auto-marking of played downloaded podcasts when connected via a local socket.
53. Fix playback of local files by inbuilt HTTP server.
54. In catata-tags.exe set unhandled exception handler, to prevent windows crash dialog appearing.
55. If a command fails to be sent to MPD, and the socket is in an error state, then reconnect and update status and playqueue.
56. For windows builds, when window is not focused, draw sidebar selection as a darkened background.
57. If MPD supports https, then there is no need to convert SoundCould URLs.
58. If playlist is loaded and replaces playqueue, then start playback of first track.
59. Custom/thin scrollbars for context view.
60. If fail to read a Gtk setting from DConf then try GSettings.
61. Send a message (default to 'status') at least once every 30 seconds to keep command connection alive.
62. Fix inconsistent default cover sizes.
63. French translation - thanks to Jaussoin Timothée.
64. Seek 5seconds when control (or command for Mac) and lef/right arrow keys are pressed. (Seek setting may be changed via config file - refer to README for more details.)

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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
Score 50%

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
Score 50%

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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