some users, (not me, but some), don't want to have exemptions made. they don't want the articles ignored.
what bothers me about the winamp implementation, is that they hardwire making "the" a mandatory exemption, and ONLY that article. at slim, they let the user specify any or no articles. also, it would be good to say "ignore it in artist fields, but not album fields" or whatever, again letting the user decide.
i realize more perfs lead to more complexity, and this is not a big deal to me, but i think its doable, since its been that way at slim for years.