WMP 11 no longer automatically displays the length, size and duration of the current playlist in the

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by BoazBoaz, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. BoazBoaz

    BoazBoaz Guest

    a.. WMP 11 no longer automatically displays the length, size and duration of
    the current playlist in the lower status bar.
    Anything I can do to "fix" this. I need it in order to plan my burnning.
    BoazBoaz, Dec 28, 2006
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    Dale Guest

    You cannot fix it.

    You can, however, click a track in the playlist - to be sure the focus is in
    the playlist - and then press CTRL-A on the keyboard. Then, and do this
    quickly, look down at the right of the media controls near the bottom, and
    you'll see how many items you have selected and the total time of those
    items. You have to look quickly because it will, moronically, go away in a
    few seconds.

    In order to get the total file size, you'll have to go to Windows Explorer
    and, unless the tracks are listed sequentially within one folder, add the
    file sizes with a calculator.

    This is all an example of what the Windows Media Player product team calls
    "simplification of the user interface".

    Dale, Dec 28, 2006
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    BoazBoaz Guest


    BoazBoaz, Dec 29, 2006
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    Dale Guest

    Now that made me laugh out loud for real! You're right - that works. If I
    follow those ridiculously lengthy steps and then stop my playlist I can get
    the number of items and the length. How stupid is that?

    And, along with that, why show just minutes and not minutes:seconds?

    That was a good find, Chief. It's just too bad Microsoft has made it so
    ridiculously non-intuitive. So much for the Windows Media Player team's
    goal of simplifying the user interface in WMP 11.

    Dale, Dec 31, 2006

  5. Yeah I hope that too. In many ways, it wasn't rushed out to coincide
    with Vista - rather it was applied a little too enthusiastically to XP

    You can imagine the cries of annoyance if it was a Vista only program
    - everybody would be going "I can't believe M$ want me to pay to
    update to Vista to get WMP11" so it's probably the better side of a
    bad deal.

    I can guarantee there would be 10x the number of posts of people
    thinking they were missing something if it was Vista only...

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jan 2, 2007
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    omron Guest


    And it seems to me, that there would plenty of room to display no. of items
    and total duration of playlist next to that button.

    I really miss that feature too.
    omron, Jan 10, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    You're right, Chief, about that Edit button. Those buttons down there make
    no sense at all! They're often times not even all the way to the right,
    they're sort of off center to the right and totally unassociated visually
    with their intended purpose. Another bad UI problem from the Windows Media
    Product team. The sad thing is that the part they seem to have put their
    development emphasis on, DRM and online stores, don't work much better than
    the eye candy they added to suck us into the DRM and online stores. This is
    very typical of spyware and adware. They often end up doing nothing well,
    even their spyware and adware functions.

    Dale, Jan 12, 2007
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    fs_fan Guest

    Now I see I can "count" the items and know it's playing time. But what about
    the size im MB. For example, if I wanto to know what's the size of my
    Library? This is because my music files are spread around some folders, so is
    isn't easy to count the by hand...

    However, I find WMP11 more user-friendly and overall better than the
    previous version.
    fs_fan, Feb 16, 2007
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    Dale Guest

    You think its more user friendly? Well, wait until you get your adding
    machine out because that's the only way you're going to get a total size in
    MB of a play list. Windows Explorer and an adding machine. Bring extra
    rolls of paper.

    Dale, Feb 16, 2007
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    Doug Guest


    Doug, Feb 16, 2007
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