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23 April 2005 @ 16:48
Someone said we sounded like the Replacements  

Here are some of the ways in which the iTunes Store informs me that "they've never heard of this Canadian band":

  1. Your search did not match any results. Did you mean Neospastics?
  2. Your search did not match any results. Did you mean Souldiggers?
  3. Your search did not match any results. Did you mean Wonderbeans?
  4. Your search did not match any results. Did you mean Bosstones?
  5. Your search did not match any results. Did you mean Cartoon Factory?

(For the amusement of readers who have heard of these Canadian bands, I'll let you figure out which ones I was searching for rather than simply telling you. Isn't that nice of me?)

In comparison to many spelling checkers I've seen, their mechanism for suggesting alternatives seems to be much more willing to ignore material at the beginning of the word in order to match a large chunk later on. For example, Microsoft Word, given the search term that elicited response #4 from iTunes, thought I might have intended to write about a progestational chemical or perhaps a unit of length named after a Swedish physicist, but not about anything beginning with any letter other than A. Of course, iTunes is drawing from a list of band names rather than a list of English words, so it's difficult to make really informative comparisons.

 
 
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