The Ideal Way to Sort Music

This is intended to be an open letter to all development teams working on media player software (from open-source all the way up to big companies like Microsoft).

Following is an outline of the ideal way to sort music by default. I know I can’t be alone in feeling this way (though I probably am one of the few that actually organizes his physical musical collection the same way), yet it seems to be the last feature any media player includes.

  1. Sort everything by artist name
    1. Sort albums by release year
      1. Finally, sort individual songs by track number

If two albums exist by the same artist, then you can sort them in alphabetical order.

Most importantly, you should have the option to choose, on each individual level, whether you want the items sorted in ascending or descending order.

Recent Zune Update Offers More Games – Not Much Else

In mid-November, Microsoft released a new update to the Zune software and device firmware. The update adds three new games to the Zune device, but doesn’t offer much else. Microsoft is calling the software Zune 3.1 (though the official Zune Web site is still promoting Zune 3.0).

The updates are pretty well covered on Paul Thurrott’s blog. As I said, there wasn’t much added to the new software and firmware except for a few extra games for the device.

Boxee Goes Windows

A new version of Boxee was released yesterday. The new version is currently available on Mac, AppleTV and Windows. While this is just an update for the Mac and AppleTV users, this is the first version released on Windows.

Those of us using Linux have been told we’ll have to wait a few more days to get our update, but I’m okay with that.

I am very curious to see how Boxee performs on Windows, but I am not one of the lucky few (214, to be exact) that got an invitation to test it on Windows, yet. Hopefully I’ll get one in the next wave of invites.