Cantata 1.1.3 Released, Install / Upgrade in Ubuntu 13.10, 13.04

Last updated: October 10, 2013

Cantata MPD 1.1.3

The music player daemon (MPD) Cantata has released version 1.1.3 with bugfixes and better online services. This tutorial shows you how to upgrade in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring and their derivatives such as Linux Mint 15/16.

As you may know, Cantata was started as a fork of QtMPC, the code is now very different. It 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.

What’s New in Cantata 1.1.3:

  • fix selection order of items – and order added to playqueue.
  • Updated translations: German, Spanish.
  • Add Russian translation, thanks to Julia Dronova.
  • Online services support does not require taglib.
  • Fix changing of Music folder for ‘Personal’ mpd collection.
  • Use QDesktopServices/QStandardPaths to ascertain default music folder for ‘Personal’ collections.
  • If no icon is to be used on a message-box button, then ensure the icon is cleared.
  • Fix display of album year in playqueue for KDE builds.
  • If we recieve an error from MPD via status, then display this in the main window.
  • Don’t react twice to every volume change. Volume was changing in 10% increments, whereas it should have been (and is now) 5%
  • Bind increase volume, decrease volume, and mute actions to main window, so that shortcuts work.
  • Fix number display in replaygain dialog in Qt-only builds.
  • When reading default MPD music folder, ensure this has a trailing slash.
  • Only enable ‘Edit Song Tags’ on playqueue if MPD music folder is readable.
  • Slightly improve tag-guessing from tracks without tags. Now the following are acceptable:
    Artist/Album/TrackNo TrackTitle.mp3
    Artist/Album/TrackNo. TrackTitle.mp3
    Artist – Album/TrackTitle.mp3
    Artist – Album/TrackNo TrackTitle.mp3
  • Fix artist and album genres.
  • Show albums by artist, etc, even if wiki/ search fails.

Upgrade Cantata in Ubuntu:

The new release has been built into Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, just update your system and install it via Ubuntu Software Center. Or run commands below:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install cantata

For Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands to upgrade from Kubuntu-backports PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata


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