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Qmmp Qt-based multimedia player

Qmmp, an Qt based and winamp or xmms like audio player, has reached the 1.1.10 (and 0.10.10 for Qt4) release last night.

Changes in Qmmp 1.1.10 & 0.10.10 include:

  • added feature to download playlist from https
  • increased DirectSound buffer size
  • decreased waiting time in the WASAPI plugin
  • improved plugin list in the settings dialog
  • fixed regression in the ‘jump to track’ dialog
  • fixed possible segmentation fault
  • fixed seeking in the ffmpeg plugin
  • fixed null pointer dereference in the mpeg plugin
  • fixed gcc warnings
  • fixed dithering settings
  • fixed 24 bits support in the WASAPI plugin
  • fixed segmentation fault on Ogg FLAC streams
  • fixed XPM skins support
  • fixed Qt 5.9 support in the global hotkey plugin (1.1.10 only)
  • updated translations.

Qmmp 1.10.0

How to Install Qmmp 1.1.10 (or 0.10.10) in Ubuntu:

Qmmp has an PPA repository that offers the latest packages for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, and then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa

2. Then update and install Qmmp and its plugins:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

The commands install Qmmp 1.1.10 (Qt5 version) in Ubuntu 16.04 & higher, and Qmmp 0.10.10 (Qt4 version) in Ubuntu 14.04 & Ubuntu 12.04.

For Ubuntu 16.04 and higher users who want to install Qmmp 0.10.10 (Qt4 version), run following commands instead:

sudo apt-get update 

sudo apt-get install qmmp-qt4 qmmp-plugin-pack-qt4


You can manage the PPA repository via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

To remove Qmmp music player, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

Install Sayonara Music Player 0.9.1 in Ubuntu 16.04

Last updated: September 16, 2016


Sayonara is a small and lightweight Linux music player written in C++ with Qt5 framework. It uses Gstreamer as audio backend.

Although Sayoanra is considered as a lightweight player, it holds a lot of features like:

  • Organize even big music collections.
  • ID3-tag editor
  • Equalizer
  • MP3 converter
  • Podcasts
  • Webstreams
  • Stream recorder
  • Speed adjustment
  • Dynamic playlists
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Audio track bookmarks with optional loop function



Install Sayonara player in Ubuntu:

Sayonara now is at the 0.9.1 release which features cover support in ID3 tag editor, Crossfader support, faster spectrum analyzer,, and other improvements, and also lots of bug-fixes.

To install the latest Sayonara 0.9.1 in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17, 18, do:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and add the official Sayonara PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lucioc/sayonara


2. Update and install the player via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install sayonara

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab .deb package from the PPA file archive.

3. (Optional) If you dislike the player, simply remove it via command:

sudo apt remove sayonara && sudo apt autoremove

And the PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

Install MPD Client Cantata 2.0 via PPA in Ubuntu

Last updated: January 29, 2016

MPD Client Cantata 2.0

Cantata, an open source MPD client for Linux (Qt/KDE), reached the new major 2.0 release a few days ago with lots of changes.

Cantata 2.0.0 brings some UI changes, various fixes and improvements, and now it uses Qt5 version as default build.

  • Use SQLite to cache MPD listing
  • Combine Artists and Albums into Library tab
  • Allow grouping by Genre
  • Merge Online and Streams into Internet tab
  • Merge Playlists and Dynamc Playlists tabs
  • Use ‘Composer’ tag to group albums of specified genres
  • Use mix of icon themes for flatter icon style – and use mono icons where appropriate
  • And more changes in ChangeLog file

Cantata 2.0 in Ubuntu 15.10

How to Install Cantata 2.0.0 in ubuntu:

Since there’s no easy way to install the software, I’ve uploaded both KDE and Qt5 version into PPA, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and their derivatives.

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T key. When it opens, select paste ONE of below command to add PPA:

For Qt5 version:

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

Type in your password (no visual feedback just type in mind) when it asks and hit enter to continue.

MPD 2.0 ppa

For Kubuntu KDE version:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata

2. After that, either install Cantata 2.0 via Synaptic, or upgrade it through Software Updater, or run below commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb packages from this page for KDE version, or this page for qt version.

3. (Optional) Just in case you want to remove this software and downgrade to the stock version available in Ubuntu repositories, install ppa-purge and purge the PPAs via 2 commands:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt

You may change the PPA name depends on which version you installed.

Qmmp Audio Player Logo

Qmmp, Qt-based audio player with winamp or xmms like user interface, now is at 0.9.0 release. PPA updated for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives.

Qmmp 0.9.0 is a big release with many new features, improvements and some translation updates. It added:

  • audio-channel sequence converter;
  • 9 channels support to equalizer;
  • album artist tag support;
  • asynchronous sorting;
  • sorting by file modification date;
  • sorting by album artist;
  • multiple column support;
  • feature to hide track length;
  • feature to disable plugins without qmmp.pri modification (qmake only)
  • feature to remember playlist scroll position;
  • feature to exclude cue data files;
  • feature to change user agent;
  • feature to change window title;
  • feature to reset fonts;
  • feature to restore default shortcuts;
  • default hotkey for the “Rename List” action;
  • feature to disable fadeout in the gme plugin;
  • Simple User Interface (QSUI) with the following changes:
    • added multiple column support;
    • added sorting by album artist;
    • added sorting by file modification date;
    • added feature to hide song length;
    • added default hotkey for the “Rename List” action;
    • added “Save List” action to the tab menu;
    • added feature to reset fonts;
    • added feature to reset shortcuts;
    • improved status bar;

It also improved playlist changes notification, playlist container, sample rate converter, cmake build scripts, title formatter, ape tags support in the mpeg plugin, fileops plugin, reduced cpu usage, changed default skin (to Glare) and playlist separator.


Install Qmmp 0.9.0 in Ubuntu:

New release has been made into PPA, available for all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives.

1. To add the Qmmp PPA.

Open terminal from the Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa


2. After adding the PPA, upgrade Qmmp player through Software Updater. Or refresh system cache and install the software via below commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

That’s it. Enjoy!

MPD Client Cantata 1.5.2

Cantata, a graphical MPD client for KDE and QT, has reached the 1.5.2 release. Both Qt and KDE build available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04 and Linux Mint 17 users.

Cantata started off as a fork of QtMPC, mainly to provide better KDE integration – by using KDE libraries/classes wherever possible. However, the code (and user interface) is now very different to that of QtMPC, and both KDE and Qt (Linux) builds have the same feature set.

Cantata Music Player Client

The first stable release in 2015, Cantata 1.5.2, was released a few hours ago with below changes:

  • Fix Ubuntu Touch builds.
  • When refreshing search menu, clear items first!
  • Fix setting of cover when existing cover is embedded in music file.
  • Fix OSX executable name for case-sensitive filesystems.
  • Hide ratings widgets, etc, in tag editor for devices and Mopidy, etc.
  • Use Control+Alt+Number as shortcut to toggle an output.
  • Don’t allow to set short-cuts for actions that are menus.
  • Add high-dpi support to Linux and Windows Qt5.4 builds.
  • When calculating ReplayGain, if peak value is less than 0.00001 then assume the calculation is invalid.
  • When parsing podcast RSS, if episode is marked as video (e.g. video/mp4) but the url ends in an audio extension then it is proably an audio podcast.
  • Correctly initialise search category.
  • Fix potential crashes on refresh.
  • Fix duplicate notification when Cantata is started whilst playing, or when ‘Replace Play Queue’ is used.
  • Only show output change notification if outputs menu was not previously empty.
  • Construct a new config object, rather than changing group, to avoid any race conditions.
  • If fading volume on stop, then reset volume just before stopping. Some outputs (e.g. pulse audio) only allow setting a volume whilst playing.
  • If ‘url’ entry is empty in ‘enclosure’ section of podcast RSS file, then use ‘guid’ text as url – if possible.
  • Fix copying of covers to UMS, etc, devices if song is transcoded.
  • Add an option for 64 bit non KDE linux builds to install helper apps to lib64 instead of just lib. Pass -DCANTATA_HELPERS_LIB_DIR=lib64 to cmake.
  • In tag editor, only mark rating as changed if it has been.
  • For Linux non-KDE builds, use login1 interface to detect system resuming.
  • Enable scrobble ‘love’ button even if scrobbling is disabled.
  • Don’t crash when detecting an audio CD with no tracks.
  • When playing a digitally imported (or JazzRadiom, etc) stream from the favourites section, then modify the URL if the user has a premium account (to match what existing behaviour is stream is played from the station list)
  • Workaround build issues with SpeexDSP 1.2rc2
  • Use correct stream icon in playqueue for streams with no song details.
  • Fix FreeBSD build.
  • Respect carriage returns when displaying comments in context view.
  • Fix replaygain calculation when ffmpeg is using planar formats.
  • Enable ‘save’ button when reading ratings from multiple files.
  • Fix cantata-remote script (used for Unity launcher integration) when this uses qdbus.
  • Fix display of rating in tag dialog when only 1 file is being edited.
  • Fix fetching of ratings in table style playqueue.
  • Don’t convert -ve track, disc, or years to unsigned – set to 0.
  • Bundle openSSL libs with windows builds.

How to Install Cantata 1.5.2 in Ubuntu:

Open terminal from the Dash/Menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

For KDE users, run commands one by one to install Cantata from PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata

For Qt built without KDE libraries, install Cantata from another PPA:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata