Interesting phenomenon I'm running into with the Apache::MP3 localization: many (maybe even most?) of the translators are saying that while "Artist", "Year", "Play all" are just great to translate into their language, they are very hesitant about how and whether to translate "bitrate" or even "track number" or the like. They all say things like "well, anyone who would understand a transation of the term would also understand the English", and then they differ on whether they then say "so here's the translation anyway" or instead "so I've just left it in English". It's very interesting that English has that strange position in world languages (and world cultures) where people can just say "enh, don't bother translating that, it's fine just being left in English".
Another thing I didn't anticipate: race conditions! I've now got two different Swedish translations, two different Spanish ones, and I think three different Portuguese ones, because people answered my email at the same time!
So far, when I've asked various translators about the points in which other translators' text differs from theirs, about 40% of the time they say "Either way, that's exactly the same", about 40% of the time they say "Ohyeah, that other guy's way sounds better!", and about 20% of the time they say "Ew! The way the other guy did it sounds really really weird!". It's very weird and intriguing being totally blind to the differences between the translations -- for example, like whether the best way to translate into Spanish the idea of random/shuffled order is as "aleatorio" or "aleatorizado". I can tell that both get the idea across, but I've no sense of the different tone of each.
New language in the mail today: Apache::MP3 in Malay! Whee!