Curious sorting

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Howard Brazee, May 18, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Howard Brazee

    #1
    Sorting by name, I notice the following order:
    (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
    16 Candles
    The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) [Live]
    A-O-L
    A Day in the Life

    So apparently "The" is ignored, but "A" isn't ignored in this sort.


    Why is this?
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

    siurpeeman

    #2
    i think "the" is ignored, because you have bands like the beatles, the cure, the smashing pumpkins, etc. it makes sense to ignore the "the" instead of having a bunch of bands in the "t" section that don't belong. and i think they made apply to all the fields and not just artist/band.
     
  3. macrumors member

    #3
    <grammar lesson>

    When sorting, you typically omit articles (e.g., the word "the") from the beginning of phrases. The word "the" is the only definite article of the English language. "A" and "an" are not always articles (e.g., "a dollar a day") so there is no simple way to distinguish when they should be omitted, hence, they are not ignored.

    </grammar lesson>
     

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