Archives For November 30, 1999

After 10 years of development, the Qt based graphical MPD client Cantata finally discontinued.

Cantata is a free open source graphical client for MPD, features multiple MPD collections, highly customizable layout, MPRISv2 DBUS interface, Jamendo, Magnatune, SoundCloud, and Podcasts support.

The source code of the project has been archived for a period of time after version 2.4.2. By releasing Cantata 2.5.0, the developer finally announced that the development of Cantata has now ceased!

Cantata 2.5.0 removed some features that are not working, including stream providers, Google and Spotify image search, and SoundCloud support. There are also various bug-fixes and some new features:

  • Increase number of album tracks shown in context view to 500
  • Remember and restore main window position.
  • Add support for MPD’s “Partitions”
  • Allow queue to be sorted by path.
  • Add “Refresh” action to hover actions for podcasts.
  • Add Grouping tag support to playlists and play queue.

How to Get Cantata 2.5.0:

The source code is available to download at the link below until you switching to another player.

I’ve tried to make the release package into PPA, but with no luck! It seems that there’s bug due to code clean-up. I don’t known about C++, and the project now does not support reporting bugs anymore. So, there may be no update for Cantata 2.5.0 in my PPA.

Just a quick update for users of the modern GTK3 twitter client ‘Corebird’ that PPA now supports for Ubuntu 15.04. And for users of Cantata MPD client, a QT built without KDE libraries available in PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, and Ubuntu 15.04.

Corebird is a native GTK+ twitter client which is still in active development for Linux. Now Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10 users can run below commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) one by one to install the app:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install corebird

Or download the .deb package directly if you don’t want to add PPA from this page.

The PPA also supports Ubuntu 14.04 LTS/Linux Mint 17, but you need Gnome3 Staging PPA for the dependencies, see the PPA description.

Cantata is a music player client which started off as a fork of QtMPC, mainly to provide better KDE integration but also support Qt4 /Qt5.

For KDE, run below command to add ppa for Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.10:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata

For Qt (Qt4) without KDE libraries, use another ppa instead (supports: ubuntu 14.04/14.10/15.04):

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

After adding one of the PPAs, run commands to install cantata:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cantata