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Is Google replacing your tracks with censored versions?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Dec 2012 16:54 User comments (8)

Is Google replacing your tracks with censored versions? Whether by coding or by glitch, it appears the Scan and Match feature of Google Music is replacing your explicit music with 'clean' versions.
Scan and Match tags your music that you are uploading to Google Music, and allows you to stream the files from their own catalog, thus saving you hours (or days) of uploading time and bandwidth.

Many users have begun complaining, however, that their tracks are being defaulted to censored versions, which remove cursing or other "vulgar" language.

The same issue hit Apple iTunes users when they company implemented a similar matching tech, infuriating users who prefer to have their music as they like it and not controlled by others.

Google has not said whether they will amend the technology.

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8 user comments

125.12.2012 17:53
ronni dosti
Unverified new user

i like the product

225.12.2012 22:30

Probably the issue being the labels prefer you always listen to the censored ones they choose for you, so those are considered to be the 'right' match. Same thing on Youtube and other sites that allowed labels to run things, try searching for a song with 'dirty' lyrics without implicitly searching for the dirty or uncensored version, and you only get the censored version. They even go so far to mark the uncensored versions 'pirated', and issue DMCA's against users uploading them.


I'll stick my foot up your ass.

326.12.2012 9:35

WTF!!!!!

426.12.2012 13:46

Hmmm........perhaps a quick upload of Ice-T's "Body Count" will tell me definitively whether or not this is being done..........or the new "Drink, Drank, Drunk" from Hellyeah

526.12.2012 16:28

It seems to be a move made by Bible thumpers when they accidentally heard their children's/grandchildren's music. Don't see any other reasons why. Can't tell me that our superiors of law don't listen to uncensored music because they do!!


Chance prepares the favored mind. Look up once in a while and you might learn something. - BLUEBOY

626.12.2012 18:19
SmaryJerry
Unverified new user

This just sounds like a technical hurdle due to the nature of the service. Basically Google Music may only check part of the file, the part that is the same in both versions, then by default decide to match it to the uncensored version. I would be surprised if they didn't have an option to switch that file to the explicit version.

726.12.2012 22:55

This is why you don't use "big brother" music services. Any service that monitors what you download and play is going to screw you over in the end.

86.1.2013 14:53

Originally posted by SmaryJerry:
This just sounds like a technical hurdle due to the nature of the service. Basically Google Music may only check part of the file, the part that is the same in both versions, then by default decide to match it to the uncensored version. I would be surprised if they didn't have an option to switch that file to the explicit version.
Absolutely wrong. They're not checking the file, they're checking the meta data and the signature. This is completely intentional. Most likely a testing ground for NSA censoring tehcnology.

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