Thank you both very much for your help. I took richard's idea first since that's what I saw when I revisited this thread. I don't quite understand how the $min function works and I'd rather not invest the time to experiment with it seeing as the $strcmp is just about as efficient (uber-redundant). The important thing is that I at least got the string made though right? So here's my final code for the fade dealy://**************************

//********** Countdown

//**************************

//Color

$puts(10_color,158E21|2177A5)

$puts(9_color,168420|2891C8)

$puts(8_color,177B20|3EA3D9)

$puts(7_color,17711F|4EAADC)

$puts(6_color,18681F|61B4E0)

$puts(5_color,195E1E|71BBE3)

$puts(4_color,1A541D|7BC0E6)

$puts(3_color,1B4B1D|86C6E8)

$puts(2_color,1B411C|96CDEB)

$puts(1_color,1C381C|A8D6EE)

//String mess

//10

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),10)),$get(10_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),10)),$get(10_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),10)),$get(10_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),10)),$get(10_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),10)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//9

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),09)),$get(9_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),09)),$get(9_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),09)),$get(9_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),09)),$get(9_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),09)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//8

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),08)),$get(8_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),08)),$get(8_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),08)),$get(8_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),08)),$get(8_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),08)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//7

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),07)),$get(7_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),07)),$get(7_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),07)),$get(7_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),07)),$get(7_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),07)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//6

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),06)),$get(6_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),06)),$get(6_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),06)),$get(6_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),06)),$get(6_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),06)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//5

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),05)),$get(5_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),05)),$get(5_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),05)),$get(5_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),05)),$get(5_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),05)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//4

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),04)),$get(4_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),04)),$get(4_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),04)),$get(4_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),04)),$get(4_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),04)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//3

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),03)),$get(3_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),03)),$get(3_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),03)),$get(3_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),03)),$get(3_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),03)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//2

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),02)),$get(2_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),02)),$get(2_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),02)),$get(2_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),02)),$get(2_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),02)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

//1

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),01)),$get(1_color)$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' ',)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),01)),$get(1_color)[$get(artist) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),01)),$get(1_color)[$get(album) - ],)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),01)),$get(1_color)[$get(title)] ,)

$if($and(%_isplaying%,$strcmp($num(%_time_remaining_seconds%,2),01)),A0EBE1%_time_remaining_seconds%,)

$if(%_isplaying%,$ifgreater(%_time_remaining_seconds%,10,438B7C$num(%_playlist_number%,$len(%_playlist_total%)).' '[$get(artist) - ][$get(album) - ][A0EBE1$get(title)] ,))

Once again, I appreciate the prompt feedback. So now for another one of my questions, "-check mark appears on left when track has been submitted to audioscrobbler".

Thanks in advance for your continued support