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Amount of time elapsed 2 votes (18.18%)
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The Final Dakar
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Jul 29, 2013, 12:04 PM
 
I remember my first CD player. Being able to see how much time was remaining on a track was great. Once I had itunes, I constantly set the display to show time remaining. So my question is, does anyone find showing time elapsed useful when listening to music? That's all my current car stereo displays and I find it utterly worthless. It would seem to me without context its would be useless for most people, unlike time remaining where you know how long til the song is over.

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Jul 29, 2013, 12:26 PM
 
For songs, I don't much find either useful, unless I want to start at a certain point. For podcasts and audio books, time elapsed is useful for finding your place again... time remaining is good in the car if you arrive at your destination before a chapter is over, to gauge whether you sit in the driveway and finish the story or save it for later.
     
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Jul 29, 2013, 12:44 PM
 
You're missing the "I don't care how long the song is." option.
     
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Jul 29, 2013, 12:49 PM
 
Both are usually completely irrelevant, but if I need to know the time within a track, whether I need elapsed or remaining depends upon what I need the time for.
     
The Final Dakar  (op)
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Jul 29, 2013, 12:54 PM
 
Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
You're missing the "I don't care how long the song is." option.
No, I'm not. If you can't think of a theoretical situation where you'd prioritize one, your imagination is lacking.

Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Both are usually completely irrelevant, but if I need to know the time within a track, whether I need elapsed or remaining depends upon what I need the time for.
I was curious f you'd demolish my OP. This was the best case answer I could I asked for.
     
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Jul 29, 2013, 02:30 PM
 
The only time I've ever been concerned about how long a song is was so I could mix it with a C25k track.
     
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Jul 29, 2013, 03:29 PM
 
It was very useful back in the day, when we made mix tapes.
     
The Final Dakar  (op)
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Jul 30, 2013, 11:18 AM
 
Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
The only time I've ever been concerned about how long a song is was so I could mix it with a C25k track.
The only time in recent memory I used it was some song felt like it had gone on too long and I was like "How long have i been going through this?"

Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
It was very useful back in the day, when we made mix tapes.
True dat, but that was 20 years ago. We're in the digital era now.
     
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Jul 30, 2013, 02:11 PM
 
I've always preferred "time remaining" but I have no legitimate reason why.
     
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Jul 30, 2013, 02:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
I've always preferred "time remaining" but I have no legitimate reason why.
Some people are just naturally awesome.
     
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Jul 30, 2013, 02:43 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
No, I'm not. If you can't think of a theoretical situation where you'd prioritize one, your imagination is lacking.


I was curious f you'd demolish my OP. This was the best case answer I could I asked for.
     
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Jul 30, 2013, 04:51 PM
 
I haven't listened to a CD in ages. This combined with the fact that my iPhone displays Time Elapsed and Time Remaining simultaneously means I'm beyond such mundane concerns.

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Jul 30, 2013, 05:33 PM
 
Is CD before BC or after AD?
     
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Jul 30, 2013, 05:59 PM
 
after AC/DC.
     
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Jul 30, 2013, 06:56 PM
 
I prefer time remaining and switch it every chance I can. It is similar to having the toilet paper face a certain way.
     
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Jul 31, 2013, 01:16 PM
 
I prefer Time Remaining. That way if a song sucks, I know how much longer I have to endure listening.

Of course this makes no sense if it's your own music, cause you probably wouldn't have songs that suck so hard in your own collection.
"Faster, faster! 'Till the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death." - HST
     
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Jul 31, 2013, 01:22 PM
 
Originally Posted by boy8cookie View Post
Is CD before BC or after AD?
Beginning of the consumer digital era.

Originally Posted by abbaZaba View Post
I prefer time remaining and switch it every chance I can. It is similar to having the toilet paper face a certain way.
There's a right and wrong way to have the toilet paper facing.

Originally Posted by osiris View Post
I prefer Time Remaining. That way if a song sucks, I know how much longer I have to endure listening.

Of course this makes no sense if it's your own music, cause you probably wouldn't have songs that suck so hard in your own collection.
Well I find I'm not always in the mood for any song in my library.
     
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Jul 31, 2013, 01:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Well I find I'm not always in the mood for any song in my library.
Ah yes, that's when it's time to upgrade your library!
"Faster, faster! 'Till the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death." - HST
     
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Jul 31, 2013, 01:35 PM
 
I hoard songs, and then am annoyed when they come up on shuffle. Even if I don't much like it, I can't bring myself to trash it... but unlike dusty albums that sit in dark corners waiting to be played, in iTunes they pop up randomly. I have to set my playlists to ignore certain genres altogether.
     
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Jul 31, 2013, 01:50 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
There's a right and wrong way to have the toilet paper facing.
In your hand, yes.

On the roll: if you have a mischievous cat or kid, it's probably a good idea to have it roll down on the side facing the wall.
     
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Jul 31, 2013, 04:02 PM
 
Sometimes its very important to know how long a song is.

Hudson Hawk - Swinging On A Star - YouTube
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Jul 31, 2013, 04:11 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
In your hand, yes.
Wait, what?


Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
On the roll: if you have a mischievous cat or kid, it's probably a good idea to have it roll down on the side facing the wall.
You need to use the spray bottle on your kid properly.
     
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Jul 31, 2013, 06:50 PM
 
The trick is to use the right concentration that will knock them out without permanently maiming them.
     
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Aug 1, 2013, 09:58 AM
 
If it's Eric Clapton's song Cocaine, then time remaining would be great, so I know how long I have to suffer through that waste of a song.
     
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Aug 1, 2013, 06:05 PM
 
You're right. You really should be listening to the J.J. Cale original.

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Aug 5, 2013, 09:06 PM
 
Jumping into this late but: Time elapsed. No question. I understand wanting to see the time remaining in principle under certain circumstances but can't fathom tracking song times differently than actual time as a general rule. I.E. it is 18:06 right now, NOT -05:54. Keep it standardized, dammit!
     
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Aug 7, 2013, 11:13 AM
 
Remaining, for films/vids as well.
     
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Aug 7, 2013, 11:30 AM
 
I applaud the NN for being on the right side. This time.
     
   
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