How To Install Cantata 1.4.1 Music Player Daemon On Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivatives

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Cantata is a music player, working with KDE, or as a Qt4 application. Cantata has the most important features of a modern music player. The latest version available is Cantata 1.4.1, coming with the below changes and fixes:

  • Remove unused var warning when compiling without online services.
  • Remove some moc/QObject warnings in KDE builds without streams or http server.
  • Update current song to scrobble, even if disabled, so that when enabled we can scrobble.
  • Seems like MPDSribble itself is broken with regards to sending “love” status, so remove MPDScribble from list of scrobblers.
  • replies are XML, so decode these properly!
  • Don’t log scrobbler session key to debug file.
  • Remove extra margin in podcast settings dialog.
  • When adjusting track numbers in tag editor, start from first actual track.
  • Only enable ‘center on current track’ action if there is a current track.
  • Use comma to split multiple genres in tooltip and table views.
  • Don’t URL encode scrobble keys, just values.
  • If now playing has been sent, track has not been scrobbled, then when track is played after beeing paused for more than 5 seconds resend now playing.
  • Rescrobble, and re-send now playing, if track is repeated.
  • Exceptions are required for all non Qt5 builds.
  • Fix crash in settings dialog when some system-tray options removed.
  • Use QIcon::fromTheme to set system-tray icon.
  • Fix compilation with older ffmpeg versions.
  • Fix compilation with taglib versions older than 1.8
  • Use KDE cmake macro to enable exceptions in KDE builds
  • Don’t alter text of ‘Other Views’ tab in preferences dialog if streams, online, and device support are disabled – as there are still 2 views; folders and search.

For a full list of changes, see the changelog for yourself.

In this article I will show you how to install Cantata 1.4.1 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Because it is available via PPA, installing Cantata 1.4.1 MPD on the listed Ubuntu and Linux Mint systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the cantata package. Like this:

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

Optional, to remove cantata, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove cantata


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