Dropping "The" in Artist Listing

Winamp has a feature (by default) in which it ignores the word “The” or “A” in it’s listings when it is the first word of an artist or group. Artists like The Beatles or The Charlie Daniels Band for example are alphabetically listed under “B” for Beatles, or “C” for Charlie Daniels, rather than the glut of “T” entries that occur in the Sansa menus.

One doesn’t always remember that the band or group they may be searching for has a “The” at the beginning of it. And even if they do, the sheer number of groups with this prefix in their name makes for some long searching in the Artist menu scrolling through all the “T’s”.

I don’t know if this would be possible to incorporate this into a firmware update or not, but it sure would be a welcome feature. Possibly optional at the user’s choice?

@tapeworm wrote:

Winamp has a feature (by default) in which it ignores the word “The” or “A” in it’s listings when it is the first word of an artist or group. Artists like The Beatles or The Charlie Daniels Band for example are alphabetically listed under “B” for Beatles, or “C” for Charlie Daniels, rather than the glut of “T” entries that occur in the Sansa menus.

 

One doesn’t always remember that the band or group they may be searching for has a “The” at the beginning of it. And even if they do, the sheer number of groups with this prefix in their name makes for some long searching in the Artist menu scrolling through all the “T’s”.

 

I don’t know if this would be possible to incorporate this into a firmware update or not, but it sure would be a welcome feature. Possibly optional at the user’s choice?

Excellent idea, if it doesn’t mean having to alter all those **bleep** tags :wink:

Oh no!!  What would happen if you loaded a song by The The?

I guess, it it simply listed hte remaining “The”, we’ll be just fine then.  I agree, as I have a zillion “Thes” in my database display too.

Bob  :smileyvery-happy:

Yes, this should be a standard feature of any player these days, and should apply to album and song tags too. To be clear, I think the “The” should still be shown, but ignore for sorting.

Message Edited by pelago on 12-12-2008 11:33 PM

This feature would be awesome. I have a ton of albums, artists, and songs lumped together under “A” and “The”. Automatic sorting would be very, very nice.

Everybody seems to forget that there are other languages in the world besides English. :wink:

If this gets implemented, I would expect it to work for all supported languages, some of which have quite complicated grammar rules. Remember: Localization-is-always-not-as-easy-as-it-seems™.