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Cantata 1.3.0 Music Player Released with 87 Fixes [Ubuntu Installation]

Cantata, a Qt-based music player for MPD (Music Player Daemon), has reached version 1.3.0 just yesterday, and a fix for compiling it in KDE, 1.3.0.1, was put out a few moments ago. This release comes with 87 fixes and improvements. Some major changes and new features include:

  • add option to control start-up state: visible, hidden or remembered from previous run
  • undo/redo support for play queue
  • many interface fixes and improvements
  • add remove duplicates functionality to playlists and play queue
  • read lyrics from the LYRICS tag in FLAC, Vorbis, Opus and Speex files

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Overall, Cantata suffered major overhauls on all levels. The interface has suffered lots of fixes and improvements; communication with MPD was improved too; playlist and play queue handling also suffered fixes.

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Installing Cantata 1.3.0 in Ubuntu 13.10

Installing from the PPA
Open the terminal and type the following commands to install Cantata from the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cantata

Installing from Source
Make seems to give the following error on Ubuntu 13.10 with Cantata 1.3.0 (this was fixed in Cantata 1.3.0.1):

lconvert: could not exec '/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/qt4/bin/lconvert': No such file or directory
make[2]: *** [translations] Error 1
make[1]: *** [po/CMakeFiles/translations.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2

However, the binary is successfully built, available in the build directory and you can run Cantata as ./cantata.

Cantata 1.3.0.1 was released few moments ago with a fix for compiling it. Follow the next steps:

Download the source tarball from here and uncompress it:

tar -xjf cantata-1.3.0.1.tar.bz2

Next, install the dependencies:

sudo apt-get build-dep cantata

You will need the source repositories enabled for this to work.

Finally, change the working directory to cantata-1.3.0.1 and type the commands:

mkdir build && cd build
cmake ..
make
sudo make install

To install as normal user in a different prefix, use this:

mkdir build && cd build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$HOME/usr
make
make install

Cantata offers a wealth of options, as well as Internet services like Jamendo and support for podcasts:

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