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Odd phrasing in iTunes Smart Playlist

Submitted by Grey_Podder on January 24, 2009 to Annoyance

A decidedly minor annoyance. Create a Smart Playlist that relies on the Year field. The choices include a year greater than or less than a given year.

The words after and before are more appropriate. Although some years may be considered greater than others, I suppose!

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Discussion (6 comments)

abitgone wrote on February 5, 2009, 10:02am

Your example above could simply be shortened to "Year is 2008".

Not sure what the confusion's about.

Grey_Podder wrote on February 6, 2009, 6:31am

I only used greater than 2007 and less than 2009 to show both the greater than and less than wording at the same time in the screenshot. I could just as easily have made it greater than 1 and less than 3000. The dates are irrelevant.

abitgone wrote on February 6, 2009, 1:18pm

But still, I'm not sure what the confusion's about. Later than/Greater than, Earlier than/Less than - the meaning is analogous.

Grey_Podder wrote on February 6, 2009, 9:44pm

Maybe my wording of the submission should be better.

In casual conversation one would not say that 2008 is less than 2009. There is no confusion — I'm not implying that someone who sees less than could become confused. The submission was about a very minor annoyance with the wording, nothing more.

gertsfert wrote on March 5, 2009, 8:01am

On one hand its clear that the designer who implemented the menu was thinking from a maths/programming perspective, (less than and greater than being mathematic symbols)

On the other hand I can see how this could be confusing (for about 5 seconds) to people who do not have a background in maths.

However to change it would be trivial and if that means less confusion then I am all for it.

polycat33 wrote on March 27, 2009, 4:21am

It's really just a gramatical thing with how years are referred to... they shouldn't be thought of as numbers, so greater than and less than aren't appropriate. They're measures of time, so before and after are gramatically correct. I absolutely agree.

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