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Cantata

   1.3.4  

KDE Sound Application

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Cantata
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Homepage:  Link
Downloads:  2536
Submitted:  Dec 21 2011
Updated:  Apr 8 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:

1.3.4
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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.

1.3.3
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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.

1.3.2
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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.

1.3.1
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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.

1.3.0.1
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1. Fix duplicate translations - causes KDE builds to fail.

1.3.0
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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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 Congratz on release

 
 by zeltakc on: May 10 2012
 
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Awesome Awesome release

By far the most complete and advanced MPD player out there..wow im blown away..

thx alot

Zeltak


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 Scrobbler

 
 by Plutoky on: May 12 2012
 
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Any chance of adding last.fm scrobbling support? Pretty much the only thing I am missing right now, everything else is neat :D


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 Re: Scrobbler

 
 by CraigD on: May 17 2012
 
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There is an entry in the TODO about adding a interface to mpdscribble. If I add scrobbling support, this is how I would do it. However, this is not a top priority for me, as its not something I would ever use.


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 download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 16 2012
 
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Hi !

Thank you for this really nice mpd client. I am wondering how to proceed to download the covers from internet, as mentioned on the requirement list (found on http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/Client:Cantata ) ?
Could you please explain the procedure ?
Thank you,
Aoz


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 Re: download covers ?

 
 by CraigD on: May 17 2012
 
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Cantata *automatically* downloads covers, you do not need to do this. Any downloaded covers will be saved as 'cover.jpg' or 'cover.png' within the folder containing the track - if you have write permission to the folder. Otherwise it will save it in ~/.cache/cantata/covers/<artist>/<album><.jpg/.png>

If you have any existing covers within you music folders, cantata should pick these up first before downloading.


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 Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Thanks for the quick answer.

Actually, I have got "cover.jpg" files within all my music folders (and one folder per music album). But, for some of them, Cantata does not display the cover. Is there a maximum resolution allowed for the covers ?

Another point is that each time an album is compound by 2 CDs, only one of the 2 CDs has it cover displayed (even if I copy the same cover.jpg file within the 2 folders). Any explanation for that ?

Finally, could you tell us where cantata downloads the covers ? Could it be tunable ?

Thank you !


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 Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Thanks for the quick answer.

Actually, I have got "cover.jpg" files within all my music folders (and one folder per music album). But, for some of them, Cantata does not display the cover. Is there a maximum resolution allowed for the covers ?

Another point is that each time an album is compound by 2 CDs, only one of the 2 CDs has it cover displayed (even if I copy the same cover.jpg file within the 2 folders). Any explanation for that ?

Finally, could you tell us where cantata downloads the covers ? Could it be tunable ?

Thank you !


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 Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Thanks for the quick answer.

Actually, I have got "cover.jpg" files within all my music folders (and one folder per music album). But, for some of them, Cantata does not display the cover. Is there a maximum resolution allowed for the covers ?

Another point is that each time an album is compound by 2 CDs, only one of the 2 CDs has it cover displayed (even if I copy the same cover.jpg file within the 2 folders). Any explanation for that ?

Finally, could you tell us where cantata downloads the covers ? Could it be tunable ?

Thank you !


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 Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Thanks for the quick answer.

Actually, I have got "cover.jpg" files within all my music folders (and one folder per music album). But, for some of them, Cantata does not display the cover. Is there a maximum resolution allowed for the covers ?

Another point is that each time an album is compound by 2 CDs, only one of the 2 CDs has it cover displayed (even if I copy the same cover.jpg file within the 2 folders). Any explanation for that ?

Finally, could you tell us where cantata downloads the covers ? Could it be tunable ?

Thank you !


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 Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Thanks for the quick answer.

Actually, I have got "cover.jpg" files within all my music folders (and one folder per music album). But, for some of them, Cantata does not display the cover. Is there a maximum resolution allowed for the covers ?

Another point is that each time an album is compound by 2 CDs, only one of the 2 CDs has it cover displayed (even if I copy the same cover.jpg file within the 2 folders). Any explanation for that ?

Finally, could you tell us where cantata downloads the covers ? Could it be tunable ?

Thank you !


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 Re: Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by CraigD on: May 18 2012
 
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In order for Cantata to see your cover.jpg, you need to have entered the correct MPD music folder in the 'Server' settings page. When MPD plays a song, it tells cantata the relative path. e.g. 'AC-DC/Stiff Upper Lip/01 Stiff Upper Lip.mp3' Cantata removes the filename, and prepends the folder set in the config dialog. So, if this folder was set to '/home/Music' - cantata would look for '/home/Music/AC-DC/Stiff Upper Lip/cover.jpg'

As for downloading covers, these are fetched from last.fm.I have no current plans to change this, but please feel free to submit a patch.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Thanks for the explanations & sorry for the 5 cloned message above...


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Ok, I had a look on my installation and I have seen that I have set on my cantata client the "MPD music folder in the 'Server' settings page". But as soon as my mpd server is not on the same computer as my cantata client, and as the cantata client seems to look for the covers on the local file system, it does not find them.

It is not a cantata issue, but as I do not mount the mpd server file system on my client computer, how could I set the music folder over the LAN ?

Thank you !


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Ok, I had a look on my installation and I have seen that I have set on my cantata client the "MPD music folder in the 'Server' settings page". But as soon as my mpd server is not on the same computer as my cantata client, and as the cantata client seems to look for the covers on the local file system, it does not find them.

It is not a cantata issue, but as I do not mount the mpd server file system on my client computer, how could I set the music folder over the LAN ?

Thank you !


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 18 2012
 
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Ok, I had a look on my installation and I have seen that I have set on my cantata client the "MPD music folder in the 'Server' settings page". But as soon as my mpd server is not on the same computer as my cantata client, and as the cantata client seems to look for the covers on the local file system, it does not find them.

It is not a cantata issue, but as I do not mount the mpd server file system on my client computer, how could I set the music folder over the LAN ?

Thank you !


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by CraigD on: May 19 2012
 
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If the music is not local, then cantata cannot access the local covers, so it will attempt to download them from last.fm. Cantata will send last.fm a query containing the album artist and title, and use whatever last.fm replies with. The result will be cached to ~/.cache/cantata/covers/<album artist>/<album>.jpg


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 Re: download covers ?

 
 by AozRoon on: May 19 2012
 
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I think I found a bug.

The server files list & tags are saved by cantata in "~/.cache/cantata/library/serverIP.xml".

But it seems not to be automatically updated whenever a file's tag is updated on the server(and keeping the same file name & location).

By erasing the xml file on my client, the files I had recently retagged (to complete their data) on the server have now their covers !



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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: download covers ?

 
 by CraigD on: May 19 2012
 
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The XML contains the last-update time of the MPD database. When the XML is loaded it is compared to this, if it is older then a full load from MPD should occur.

In order for the MPD database to be updated, you need to use an MPD client (Cantata, gmpc, mpc, etc.) to instruct MPD to update. (You can do this in catata by presseing the 'Refresh Database' button in the library page).



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 Play MPD http stream in Cantata?

 
 by bosi1024 on: May 20 2012
 
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Hi,

I would like to request a feature:

MPD is able to stream audio using its builtin http server. I'm using MPoD on my Ipod Touch to control my MPD and listen to its stream. it would be nice to have such a feature in Cantata as it would allow me not to use a seperate media player.

As a matter of fact I hacked in a small Phonon media player into Cantata 0.7 which allows me to listen to a configurable stream of my choice.

This is just a really messy hack and needs a lot of improvement to run seamlessly, but for a first try, it works.

If you are interested I can send you a patch.

Best regards


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 Re: Play MPD http stream in Cantata?

 
 by CraigD on: May 20 2012
 
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Sounds like an interesting idea. Please feel free to send me the patch - either via email (my address is in the AUTHORS file), or create a bug report on the googlecode page and add it there.


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 Problem with volume

 
 by yuri-karadzhov on: May 22 2012
 
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I have succesfuly build cantata 0.7, but when I run it the volume is muted and the error "problems setting volume" appear when I tried to unmute it (no output in console).

Kubuntu 12.04 KDE 4.8.3 (mpd is running on 6600)


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 Re: Problem with volume

 
 by CraigD on: May 22 2012
 
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What is the mixer_type set to in /etc/mpd.conf? If its "hardware" try changng this to "software" - and restart mpd (sudo /etc/init.d/mpd restart)


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 Re: Re: Problem with volume

 
 by yuri-karadzhov on: May 22 2012
 
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Thank You! It works!

Advise: if you want to build DEB package with checkinstall, you need to create an empty file called RUNTIME in cantata ROOT directory.

so after make you should type:
touch ../RUNTIME
sudo checkinstall --fstrans=no --install=no --pkgname=cantata --pkgversion "0.7.0" --default
dpkg -i cantata_0.7.0*.deb

it doesn't include dependency however (I'm trying to separate build-dep and dep now)


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 Re: Re: Re: Problem with volume

 
 by CraigD on: May 22 2012
 
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...is this the Qt-only build? 0.7.0 contains a CMakeLists.txt error in the Qt-only section where RUNTIME is listed where it should not be. This will be (actually already is) fixed in 0.7.1


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Problem with volume

 
 by yuri-karadzhov on: May 22 2012
 
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The only build option I use is
-DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix`
and as I understand it is KDE build by default (I didn't use -DWANT_KDE_SUPPORT=NO)


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 Added support for playlists to cantata

 
 by trap000d on: Jun 3 2012
 
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I've added playlist files (asx, cue, m3u, pls, xspf) support to cantata. Here the patch for last svn revision:
Index: mpd/mpdparseutils.cpp
===================================================================
--- mpd/mpdparseutils.cpp (revision 1197)
+++ mpd/mpdparseutils.cpp (working copy)
@@ -426,6 +426,15 @@
} else {
static_cast<DirViewItemDir *>(currentDir)->insertFile(parts.at(parts.size() - 1));
}
+ } else if (line.startsWith("playlist: ")) {
+ line.remove(0, 10);
+ QStringList parts = line.split("/");
+
+ if (currentDir->type() == DirViewItem::Type_Root) {
+ static_cast<DirViewItemRoot *>(currentDir)->insertFile(parts.at(parts.size() - 1));
+ } else {
+ static_cast<DirViewItemDir *>(currentDir)->insertFile(parts.at(parts.size() - 1));
+ }
} else if (line.startsWith("directory: ")) {
line.remove(0, 11);
QStringList parts = line.split("/");
Index: mpd/mpdconnection.cpp
===================================================================
--- mpd/mpdconnection.cpp (revision 1197)
+++ mpd/mpdconnection.cpp (working copy)
@@ -34,6 +34,7 @@
#include <QtCore/QDebug>
#include <QtCore/QThread>
#include <QtCore/QStringList>
+#include <QtCore/QFileInfo>
#include "debugtimer.h"

// #define DBUG qWarning() << "MPDConnection" << QThread::currentThreadId()
@@ -397,7 +398,14 @@

QByteArray send = "command_list_begin\n";
for (int i = 0; i < files.size(); i++) {
- send += "add ";
+ QFileInfo fi( files.at(i) );
+ QString ext = fi.suffix ( );
+ if ( QString::compare(ext,"asx", Qt::CaseInsensitive)==0
+ ||QString::compare(ext,"cue", Qt::CaseInsensitive)==0
+ ||QString::compare(ext,"m3u", Qt::CaseInsensitive)==0
+ ||QString::compare(ext,"pls", Qt::CaseInsensitive)==0
+ ||QString::compare(ext,"xspf", Qt::CaseInsensitive)==0
+ ) {send+="load ";} else { send += "add ";}
send += encodeName(files.at(i));
send += "\n";
}


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 Re: Added support for playlists to cantata

 
 by xdarklight on: Jun 4 2012
 
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Hi Aleksandr,

thanks for the patch.
I'd put the patch in a new ticket at http://code.google.com/p/cantata/issues/list
Craig does not always follow the comments here, but creating a new ticket makes sure that he gets your patch
(and as a bonus the patches formatting does not break when you attach it to a ticket).

Regards,
Martin


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 Re: Added support for playlists to cantata

 
 by CraigD on: Jun 6 2012
 
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Thanks for this, I'll add apply it for 0.8.

Martin is correct though, its easier to track things if you create a bug/wishlist item on the googlecode page.


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