Install MPD Client Cantata 1.3.3 in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10

Last updated: March 26, 2014

Cantata, yet another client for the music player daemon (MPD), has recently updated to version 1.3.3 with improvements and bug fixes.

As you may know, cantata was originally 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.

Cantata 1.3.3 in Ubuntu 13.10

Changes in Cantata 1.3.3:

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

Install Cantata in Ubuntu:

I’ve uploaded the latest build of this MPD client to my PPA. It’s available for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusy, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy and their derivatives.

To install it, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata

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