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List of Musicians for Inclusion in Predictive Text - Song-Ming Ang
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Dear Nokia, List of Musicians for Inclusion in Predictive Text I would like to offer a suggestion for your company, which is to include the names of commonly mentioned musicians into the word list of the Predictive Text function. As an avid ...

Dear Nokia,

List of Musicians for Inclusion in Predictive Text

I would like to offer a suggestion for your company, which is to include the names of commonly mentioned musicians into the word list of the Predictive Text function.

As an avid fan of music, the names of musicians come up regularly in my text messages to others. However, many names of musicians, even canonical ones like The Beatles and Elvis Presley, are not pre-included in the Predictive Text word list. Naturally, I am disappointed. Many of such bestselling artists of all time have sold more than 100 million records. (The Beatles and Elvis have both exceeded 1 billion.) These musicians are a part of many people’s lives, and I feel that mobile phones, a representative technology of our times, should reflect the importance of these artists.

Anyhow, more often than not, my typing of a musician’s name ends up in a half-spelt word and a beep; I then have to backtrack, spell out the name syllable by syllable, and then save the word into the word list. I am sure many other users around the world have encountered the same experience.

I have thus taken the liberty to compile a list of popular musicians whom I think you should pre-include in the Predictive Text word list. This list is based on two criteria:

  • Bestselling artists of all time
  • Artists of most downloaded albums and songs of the past ten years

Whereas the bestselling artists of all time (The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, etc.) would naturally be popular to the general public, I have also included the most downloaded albums and songs of the past ten years. This is to reflect the greater probability of how currently popular artists would very likely be included in text messages.

In addition, I would like to offer a few more reasons why such names should be included:

  1. Proper nouns and names already feature in Predictive Text, and it makes sense to include common names like ‘Celine’, ‘Lionel’, and ‘Stevie’, which are currently excluded.

  2. ‘Dolly Parton’ shows up at ‘Folly Parton’; ‘Lionel Richie’ as Limod Shagge; ‘Tupac Shakur’ as ‘Turba Pickup’. Although there is some entertainment value here, I think it would be prudent to let these musicians have their dignity.

  3. Foreign words such as ‘Iglesias’ are understandably lacking in Predictive Text, but ‘Iglesias’ is such a common Spanish word (Churches) that the inclusion of it may foster a better understanding of non-English cultures.

  4. Similarly, even though ‘Zeppelin’ is a German word, it has been absorbed into the English vocabulary as a common word for ‘airship’. Since such words are already in the English mainstream, Predictive Text should reflect them.

I hope that you can consider implementing my suggestion as it could result in massive time (and frustration) savings for your users around the world. I look forward to hear from you what you think, and if you would implement my suggestion. Thank you.

Best Wishes,

Song-Ming Ang 25 Apr 2010

Top Selling Musicians of All Time Not Included in Predictive Text

The Beatles (stops at The Beat?) Led Zeppelin (stops at Led Yes?) Jimi Hendrix (stops at Jim? Generiz) Bob Marley (stops at Bob Maple?) Fleetwood Mac (stops at Fleetymme) Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (stops at Armsaw) The Allman Brothers (stops at The Alloc?) Bruce Springsteen (stops at Bruce Primistedo) Funkadelic (stops at Funk?) Dixie Chicks (Fixie turns up) David Bowie (stops at David Anxie) Jethro Tull (stops at Levi? Vul?) Beastie Boys (stops at Adapti?) Creedence Clearwater Revival (stops at Breede?) Frank Zappa (stops at Frank Warra) Blondie (Bloodie turns up) Lynyrd Skynrd (Lynxpf Plyms? turns up) Janis Joplin (stops at Janis Los?) Elvis Presley (stops at Elvis Prep?) Eric Clapton (stops at Eric Blast?) John Coltrane (stops at John Boltsane) Frank Sinatra (stops at Frank Shoctsc) Tupac Shakur (Turba Pickup shows up) Aretha Franklin (Crevic Franklin) Marvin Gaye (Marvin Gaze) Stevie Ray Vaughan (Queuie Ray Taughbo) Duke Ellington (Duke (Elliogu?) Simon and Garfunkel (Simon and Hard?) The Ramones (The Scoones) Abba (Cabb) Celine Dion (Beliod Finn) Julio Iglesias (Hikesibs) Barbra Streisand (Abrasa Surfis?) Boney M (Annex M) Depeche Mode (Deseche Mode) Dolly Parton (Folly Parton) Lionel Richie (Limod Shagge) Luciano Pavarotti (Lucia? Qatar?)

Artists of Most Downloaded Songs and Albums Within the Last 10 Years Not Included in Predictive Text

Lady GaGa (Lady Gag?) Jason Mraz (Jason Orb?) Fergie (Desige) Akon (Alon) Avril Lavigne (Burgl Laugh?) Daughtry (Daughts?) Rihanna (Pig?) Nelly Furtado (Melly Dustado) Mika (Mila) Timbaland (Vincalaod) Michael Buble (Michael Bucke) Eminem (Eminen) Kanye West (Jan? West) Enya (Fox?) John Mayer (John Mazes) Christina Aguilera (Christina Civiles?) Elton John (Flunn John) Miley Cyrus (Mile? Cyrus) Kesha (Lesic) Flo Rida (Flo Piec)

Dear Nokia, List of Musicians for Inclusion in Predictive Text I would like to offer a suggestion for your company, which is to include the names of commonly mentioned musicians into the word list of the Predictive Text function. As an avid ...

Dear Nokia,

List of Musicians for Inclusion in Predictive Text

I would like to offer a suggestion for your company, which is to include the names of commonly mentioned musicians into the word list of the Predictive Text function.

As an avid fan of music, the names of musicians come up regularly in my text messages to others. However, many names of musicians, even canonical ones like The Beatles and Elvis Presley, are not pre-included in the Predictive Text word list. Naturally, I am disappointed. Many of such bestselling artists of all time have sold more than 100 million records. (The Beatles and Elvis have both exceeded 1 billion.) These musicians are a part of many people’s lives, and I feel that mobile phones, a representative technology of our times, should reflect the importance of these artists.

Anyhow, more often than not, my typing of a musician’s name ends up in a half-spelt word and a beep; I then have to backtrack, spell out the name syllable by syllable, and then save the word into the word list. I am sure many other users around the world have encountered the same experience.

I have thus taken the liberty to compile a list of popular musicians whom I think you should pre-include in the Predictive Text word list. This list is based on two criteria:

  • Bestselling artists of all time
  • Artists of most downloaded albums and songs of the past ten years

Whereas the bestselling artists of all time (The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, etc.) would naturally be popular to the general public, I have also included the most downloaded albums and songs of the past ten years. This is to reflect the greater probability of how currently popular artists would very likely be included in text messages.

In addition, I would like to offer a few more reasons why such names should be included:

  1. Proper nouns and names already feature in Predictive Text, and it makes sense to include common names like ‘Celine’, ‘Lionel’, and ‘Stevie’, which are currently excluded.

  2. ‘Dolly Parton’ shows up at ‘Folly Parton’; ‘Lionel Richie’ as Limod Shagge; ‘Tupac Shakur’ as ‘Turba Pickup’. Although there is some entertainment value here, I think it would be prudent to let these musicians have their dignity.

  3. Foreign words such as ‘Iglesias’ are understandably lacking in Predictive Text, but ‘Iglesias’ is such a common Spanish word (Churches) that the inclusion of it may foster a better understanding of non-English cultures.

  4. Similarly, even though ‘Zeppelin’ is a German word, it has been absorbed into the English vocabulary as a common word for ‘airship’. Since such words are already in the English mainstream, Predictive Text should reflect them.

I hope that you can consider implementing my suggestion as it could result in massive time (and frustration) savings for your users around the world. I look forward to hear from you what you think, and if you would implement my suggestion. Thank you.

Best Wishes,

Song-Ming Ang 25 Apr 2010

Top Selling Musicians of All Time Not Included in Predictive Text

The Beatles (stops at The Beat?) Led Zeppelin (stops at Led Yes?) Jimi Hendrix (stops at Jim? Generiz) Bob Marley (stops at Bob Maple?) Fleetwood Mac (stops at Fleetymme) Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (stops at Armsaw) The Allman Brothers (stops at The Alloc?) Bruce Springsteen (stops at Bruce Primistedo) Funkadelic (stops at Funk?) Dixie Chicks (Fixie turns up) David Bowie (stops at David Anxie) Jethro Tull (stops at Levi? Vul?) Beastie Boys (stops at Adapti?) Creedence Clearwater Revival (stops at Breede?) Frank Zappa (stops at Frank Warra) Blondie (Bloodie turns up) Lynyrd Skynrd (Lynxpf Plyms? turns up) Janis Joplin (stops at Janis Los?) Elvis Presley (stops at Elvis Prep?) Eric Clapton (stops at Eric Blast?) John Coltrane (stops at John Boltsane) Frank Sinatra (stops at Frank Shoctsc) Tupac Shakur (Turba Pickup shows up) Aretha Franklin (Crevic Franklin) Marvin Gaye (Marvin Gaze) Stevie Ray Vaughan (Queuie Ray Taughbo) Duke Ellington (Duke (Elliogu?) Simon and Garfunkel (Simon and Hard?) The Ramones (The Scoones) Abba (Cabb) Celine Dion (Beliod Finn) Julio Iglesias (Hikesibs) Barbra Streisand (Abrasa Surfis?) Boney M (Annex M) Depeche Mode (Deseche Mode) Dolly Parton (Folly Parton) Lionel Richie (Limod Shagge) Luciano Pavarotti (Lucia? Qatar?)

Artists of Most Downloaded Songs and Albums Within the Last 10 Years Not Included in Predictive Text

Lady GaGa (Lady Gag?) Jason Mraz (Jason Orb?) Fergie (Desige) Akon (Alon) Avril Lavigne (Burgl Laugh?) Daughtry (Daughts?) Rihanna (Pig?) Nelly Furtado (Melly Dustado) Mika (Mila) Timbaland (Vincalaod) Michael Buble (Michael Bucke) Eminem (Eminen) Kanye West (Jan? West) Enya (Fox?) John Mayer (John Mazes) Christina Aguilera (Christina Civiles?) Elton John (Flunn John) Miley Cyrus (Mile? Cyrus) Kesha (Lesic) Flo Rida (Flo Piec)