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Old 03-11-2008, 04:50 PM
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Why do iTunes and iPod alphabetize differently?

On iTunes, a podcast I get called "The Ben & Dave Show" is alphabetized by "B" ignoring the leading article. On my iPod it's alphabetized by "T" using the leading article. Why the difference?
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:46 PM
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iTunes has a custom sorting feature, but it's a fairly recent addition. How old's your iPod? The custom sorting works on my 5.5G (the Video from before the recent "Classic" update).
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Old 03-11-2008, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Garfield226
How old's your iPod?
Video iPod purchased December 2006.
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:02 PM
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Are you talking about a Playlist or the music Library?
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by flex727
Are you talking about a Playlist or the music Library?
I'm talking about the list of audio and video podcasts to which I subscribe. Music --> Podcasts to reach the list, which is alphabetized using the article where the same podcasts in the iTunes library do not alphabetize by the article. Similarly Videos --> Podcasts alphabetizes using the article on the iPod but not in the library. Let's see what else...

Artists: Article ignored on both iPod and iTunes
Albums: Alphabetized by article on iPod, article ignored in iTunes
Songs: Alphabetized by article on iPod, article ignored in iTunes (and songs starting with numbers are in order by the entire number, not a digit-by-digit basis)
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Old 03-11-2008, 07:02 PM
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Actual technical details are hard to come by for the iPod, however: "The 80 GB iPod secretly contains 1 MB ROM and 64 MB of RAM."
The unit supports 21+ languages. I expect they had to deal with severe space limitations when writing their sorting algorithms.

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Old 03-11-2008, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Garfield226
iTunes has a custom sorting feature, but it's a fairly recent addition. How old's your iPod? The custom sorting works on my 5.5G (the Video from before the recent "Classic" update).
Even my 3G iPod (four-and-a-half years old and the original battery still works!) ignores leading articles in the artist list--The Beatles, The Bangles, and The Byrds all appear in the Bs. Titles, however, get alphabetized by the article.

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