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Total time of MP3 tracks

  1. #11


    The OP wants a single "cumulative" calculation for the total playtime of all selected files. So, if he has selected 20 files, that are 2 minutes each in duration, he wants to see 40 minutes (somewhere), with no manual addition/calculation involved. Now, I gave it my best shot in a previous post but there is always room for improvement; yes?

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  2. #12


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I just found the answer. Select a number of files, right click, select Properties then Detail. It gives the total Length for the files selected.

    Jim
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  3. #13


    UK
    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Hi guys

    Thanks for all the advice

    Norepli is correct i jusy want a "cumulative" total for the selected files and i see Phone Man had come up with the same answer thanks to both of you.

    This was easy in windows 7 it was just displayed at the bottom of the windows explorer screen, i wounder why it does not do this i windows 8
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  4. #14


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by sam49 View Post
    This was easy in windows 7 it was just displayed at the bottom of the windows explorer screen, i wounder why it does not do this i windows 8
    Complete guesswork on my part... but I believe that one of the design goals of Windows 8 was to make it use less power and increase battery life.

    The "total length of audio" is probably not used 100% of the time by most people with folders full of MP3 files, so instead of calculating that sum every time it ends up at one of those folders, it only does it when asked.

    It's less convenient for you of course, but probably saves power when taken across all Windows users.
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  5. #15


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Details Pane


    Turn on the "Details pane" in File Explorer (it's a sidebar now) and then select the mp3 files.
    It should show you the total run time of the selected files (it does in W7).

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  6. #16


    UK
    Posts : 15
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Turn on the "Details pane" in File Explorer (it's a sidebar now) and then select the mp3 files.
    It should show you the total run time of the selected files (it does in W7).
    Click on picture for animation.

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    Hi lehnerus

    That's it brilliant thank you.

    Let me explain why I wanted this feature back, I have loads of audiobooks almost all are MP3 files some with chapters of various lengths, so only 2 or 3 minutes long and with a total book playing time of 15 or 16 hours long.


    I am building an index with the author name, book title, and total playing time, and to manually count several hundred files to get the total playing time is out of the question.

    Thanks for all the help
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