Cantata – Feature-rich client for Music Player Daemon

Other Features

Cantata offers a good range of features, some of which are Linux only.

Here are some of its other noteworthy features.

  • Full screen mode.
  • Search for music in your library using MPD’s search mechanism.
  • USB-Mass-Storage and MTP device support.
  • Audio CD ripping and playback. Cantata reads the data from the CD and sends it to MPD via its built-in HTTP server as a WAV file.
  • Parses CUE files.
  • Gapless playback, crossfading between tracks, and replay gain, the latter normalizes the perceived loudness of audio formats such as MP3 and Ogg Vorbis.
  • Playback of non-MPD songs via a simple in-built HTTP server.
  • MPRISv2 DBUS interface. The Media Player Remote Interfacing Specification is a standard D-Bus interface which aims to provide a common programmatic API for controlling media players.
  • Scrobbling – To “scrobble” a song means that when you listen to it, the name of the song is sent to a web site (such as and added to your music profile.
  • Ratings support.
  • Multimedia keys – uses the GNOME settings daemon’s MediaKeys interface.
  • Uses Qt 5’s translation framework.

Next page: Page 6 – Configuration Options

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Song Information
Page 4 – Internet Streaming
Page 5 – Other Features
Page 6 – Configuration Options
Page 7 – Summary

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  1. It fails at the first page. What the hell do I put for ‘host’ when I want my own music on my own machine? Never been asked before on any music program.

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