Meaning of "Now" in "Now Playing"

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Swifty, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Swifty

    Swifty Guest

    I have an Auto Playlist that contains around 13,000 tracks. I add it to
    the "Untitled Playlist" and start playing it. It appears in "Now
    Playing", but there seems to be only a few dozen entries in "Now
    Playing". So is "Now Playing" more like the "Forthcoming attractions" at
    the cinema, just showing the stuff that's likely to be on in the next
    few weeks?
    Swifty, Oct 9, 2008
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  2. Swifty

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Does it play fine?

    Showing 13,000 tracks instantly is kind of flawed from a performance
    scenario, so I'd suspect it's loading chunks on an as-needed basis.
    Otherwise it'd have a heart attack during that initial 13,000 item load.
    zachd [MSFT], Oct 15, 2008
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  3. Swifty

    Swifty Guest

    It seems to play fine. I'm not sure I've ever left it running long
    enough to reach the end. I'd often wondered how it managed to load the
    list so quickly.

    I was just curious about the disparity between the length of the list
    (~13,000) and the size of the slider in the scrollbar (about 25% of my
    display). Today, the slider is tiny (probably the smallest its allowed
    to go) and the number of entries in my "Now Playing" is huge. It is
    usually like this. I have no idea why it was different a couple of days
    ago; I hadn't done anything different from my normal routine.

    Incidentally, I've found a way to update the "Date last played" entry in
    "Now Playing" (when it doesn't do it automatically). I just re-rate the
    track to exactly the same number of stars (by clicking on the right-most
    highlit star), and the "Date Last Played" entry updates.
    Swifty, Oct 16, 2008
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