I've noticed an obnoxious trend among p2p filesharing applications such as Kazaa, that of misnamed or mangled filenames.
For example, I came across a file named "Mozart - Pachabel Canon in D.mp3".
The person who ripped this file was an idiot. He clearly saw, on the back of his CD, the word "Pachabel", probably in a different font and definitely in a different column from the title of the song, "Canon in D". Yet he incorrectly interpreted "Pachabel" as being part of the title.
Then, when naming his file, he had no idea who the composer was, and wrote "Mozart" as a catch-all (similar to the phenomenon you'll find when searching for parodies or comedic mp3s - they're all, miraculously, by Weird Al.)
A number of alternate explanations other than sheer, mind boggling stupidity have been offered. One stated his position thusly:
Mangling one track with the information from another track is probably the result of a simple error - wrong CD in the case, mixing track numbers on CD compiled from several artists, etc. This is especially plausible if the mangled information is similiar to the factual information - one pop band for another, one metal band for another, one 80's band for another, etc.I assume he is talking about compilation albums, where many artists will be featured on the same CD. According to dasunt, the person looked at the CD case, and saw "Canon in D" but accidently looked at the row above or below it when typing in the composer's name, hence the "Mozart".
However, I argue that he clearly saw "Pachabel" there, since he did include the name, and only out of sheer idiocy did he misinterpret it as being part of the song's title.
It has been suggested that such a situation
is a mix of #1 (already stated) and #2) Lack of familiarity with the media and/or the software.By 'media' he means that this person is not well-versed in classical composers, and so got confused.
However, let us suppose we have a CD with the following tracks listed so:
Even if one is unfamiliar with classic composers and their songs, one should be able to infer, from context, that one column is the composer's name and the other column is the song title.
However, this is only one example of misnamed files (albiet a common one - it seems that every classic song was written by Mozart, unless it actually was, in which case it was Beethoven or Wagner).
Consider this example. Here, someone ripped a song by Angie Martinez, and when the time came to give it a filename, wrote "Star Trek TNG - The Offspring" and included the wrong extension while they were at it. (The file in question is, in fact, the Angie Martinez song, in case you're wondering.) They typed up the description properly, including the keywords, category, and artist name - yet completely fucked the filename beyond any possible comprehension.
What about this intellectual powerhouse? He named this file "Mozart - Carmina Burana", attributed it to Mozart in the album field and the song title field. One could say he merely made a mistake, glanced at the CD too quickly, whatever. However, we then see that for the description, he clearly writes, "From Carl Orff!", indicating that he was well aware of the composer's name, and simply fucked up because he's an idiot.
Finally we have this clown. Notice that he titles the song, "Mozart - Piano Concerto #21", lists the artist as "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart", but lists the album as "Beethoven". He then names the file "Beethoven - 5th Symphony".
When I downloaded it, it was Mozart's 15th piano sonata in C major. Go figure.
So, given the contextual clues, and the fact that the titles and composers are clearly listed in a simple, easy-to-understand fashion, are we to assume that these people are just "lazy" as some suggest, or "unfamiliar with the media"? Or can we conclude that these people are idiots?
How does laziness or a lack of familiarity with the artist's work lead to such mistakes as naming a file "Star Trek.avi" when in fact it is an mp3 of Angela Martinez?
One user, in a dissenting opinion, opines:
[dasunt] You are bitching that he is a moron since he does not know the rather useless information (for 99% of the people) of the difference between classical composers, and seems to mistook an entire CD for being composed by Mozart.No, dasunt, I am arguing that even if he wasn't familiar with the composers or their works, he had enough clues to figure it out if he had the intelligence of a brain-dead tree frog, especially when Mozart is one of the composers, thus providing him at least some basis for distinguishing composer's name from song's title.
[dasunt] You are asking me to believe that he knowingly misnamed his files, or was too stupid to notice. I am arguing that most people who owned Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears CDs could tell the difference apart, and that some sort of error was probably at fault.
I agree. There was an error at fault. We call that an ID-10-T error.
Pay some attention to what you're doing, people. Naming mp3s should not be this difficult.