Sunday, April 01, 2012

Browse composers, sort artists by ignoring "The"

People who like classical music often tag their music with different tags for artist and composer: While the composer of  "Orchestral Suites BWV 1066" is J. S. Bach, the artist may be "The Academy of Ancient Music".
So consequently it should be possible to browse for either the artist or the composer - the new version 4.1 makes this possible.
This feature depends on the ability of your music server to browse by composers. Personally I use the Firefly Media Server which works seamless.
Listeners of popular music rarely use the composer tag, but they may have another problem: Ignore the "The"! Is "The Cult" listed between "Crowded House" and "Cyndi Lauper" or between "Tangerine Dream" and "Thin Lizzy"? With this version you may now customize the behavior using the Preferences screen: Tap on Browsing and then on Artist List Sort and choose the option you like.

Because the preferences menu got somewhat overloaded over the time I decided to split it into several screens.