Cantata MPD Client Reaches 2.0.1, PPA for Ubuntu 16.04

June 4, 2016 — Leave a comment


A bug-fix release for Cantata 2.0, a graphical client for the music player daemon (MPD), was announced one day ago with various fixes and improvements.

Cantata originally started as a fork of QtMPC, mainly to provide better KDE integration. However, the code (and user interface) is now very different, and it can be compiled with KDE support, or as a pure Qt application for Windows, Linux, and OS X.

cantata in kubuntu

Cantata 2.0.1 release highlights:

  • Fix possibly missing save play queue icon.
  • Use 2.0 API for finding similar artists in dynamic playlists.
  • Fix listing of CUE files.
  • Only honour ‘startHidden’ setting if also configured to use system tray.
  • Don’t allow copying of cue file tracks to devices.
  • Fix playback of AudioCDs
  • Fix incorrect AudioCD cover
  • Fix wrong/missing ratings in toolbar.
  • Fix compilation with Qt5.7
  • Fix drag’n'drop of non-loaded playlists.
  • Use a single-shot timer to timeout obtaining current cover.
  • Fix AudioCD playback when MPD’s curl is using IPv6
  • see more in its release page.

How to Install Cantata in (K)Ubuntu:

Besides building from the source tarball, you can install Cantata 2.0.1 from my personal PPA. Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 15.10 are supported.

1. Add PPA

For KUbuntu user, open terminal emulator and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata

Type in password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

For non-KDE user, run the command below instead to add the Qt version:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt


2. Install / Upgrade Cantata.

If you have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater (or Update Manager) and you’ll see Cantata 2.0.1 available in the update list after checking for updates.

Or run the commands below one by one in terminal to update and install the client:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install cantata

3. To remove Cantata 2.0.1, use Synaptic Package Manager or just run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove cantata && sudo apt autoremove

You may also remove the PPA by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software.

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