Curious sorting

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

  1. Howard Brazee macrumors 6502

    Howard Brazee

    Oct 24, 2006
    Lafayette CO
    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 Day in the Life

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

    Why is this?
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    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. glennp macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Washington, DC
    <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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