One strange difference: Windows lists “B-52’s, The” before “B.B. King” in an alphabetical listing whereas the Clip plus does the reverse. I wonder why the difference? No big deal though since there’s no effect on performance.
Winamp is also programmed to ignore all cases of “The” when sorting. Unfortunately, Sansa mp3 players are not. It has been suggested before, but has not been implemented either because it can’t be, or SanDisk doesn’t feel it’s a worthy enough feature to warrant paying the development team to do it.
You can get around this if you want to edit your ID3 tags and/or folder & file names though. Just change the Artist field (or folder/file name) from “The B-52’s” to “B-52’s, The”, and so on with all artists of bands that start with “The”.
Just be careful if you have music by “The The” on your player. That one will drive you nuts!
Although I have tagged the Artist field in their files “The B-52’s”, I have labelled the folder exactly “B-52’s, The” to preserve the integrity of the alphabetical listing in a Windows directory tree. That’s why I find it interesting that Windows orders the two folders “B.B. King” followed by “B-52’s, The”, whereas the Clip+ (in Folder mode) lists “B-52’s, The” before “B.B. King”. I just double checked and realize I had the discrepancy reversed in my earlier post. Surely something to do with the way Windows vs. the Clip+ sort non-alphanumeric characters. Windows appears to sort a “.” before a “-” whereas the Clip+ does the reverse. Curious, but not earth-shattering.
Edit: Just checked MediaMonkey, and its alphabetical listing is consistent with Windows’: “B-52’s, The” is sorted before “B.B. King”. I also checked my Fuze and it lists these two folders the same way the Clip+ does.
Message Edited by BigJohnL on 06-03-2010 06:38 AM