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iTunes Match explicit lyrics bug being investigated by Apple

Apple is reportedly investing a bug in iTunes Match that replaces music containing explicit lyrics with "clean" versions from the iTunes Store. Cult of Mac had this to say about the bug:

iTunes Match had successfully filtered out all the profane and derogatory words by changing the tracks to clean versions of the albums, which pretty much ruined my jog because I was really really wanting to sing along and drop 50 “F-bombs” a minute. Maybe this is just a rare glitch in iTunes Match’s system, but it’s a travesty tantamount to treason in my eyes and I want it fixed.

9to5 Mac now says Apple has acknowledged the problem, but hasn't come up with a fix just yet.

A 9to5 reader emailed Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services about the issue a couple of weeks ago and received a response from one of Eddy Cue’s engineers. According to the engineer, Apple is currently investigating the issue and working on a fix. Apple has no interim workaround for users of the iTunes Match service, the email elaborated.

So don't be surprised the next time you fire up some 50 Cent only to find that all the swear words have been removed. Apple is aware of the issue and is working towards a resolution. In the meantime, you'll just have to go about your rap-listening sessions in censored manner.

Source: Cult of Mac via 9to5Mac

Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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There are 16 comments. Add yours.

Darnell says:

Thank God. This has been the only bad thing about Itunes Match. Other than that it's great.

Johnathan says:

That and the inability to make genius playlist on the iOS device.

Rayman2170 says:

Yes this bug annoyed me. That and some songs not matching up even though I know it's in iTunes. Apple needs to implement a "Think we make a mistake?" button where it shows other versions of songs, or be able to manually match a song to one in the iTunes catalog and have it do a deep scan of the track and match them that way. Or maybe an "all explicit" button where it will automatically choose the explicit version of all matched songs.

RC46 says:

Scared me for a second. Just checked and all my explicit songs were matched correctly.

anthonok says:

Had this happen. So annoying and catches you off guard. Also had the random tracks in an album not being matched but the rest of the album is.

dloveprod says:

Oh no, I hate clean versions of songs.

Craigbrian says:

NO DO NOT FIX THIS please, if you do there will be more violent people out there. swearing is one of the first things that start fights see so here

9thwonder says:

Man i would be livid if i uploaded all 12000 songs in my rap collection and they got ruined like this. That said one of many reasons why i just put it all in google music instead.

Justin T says:

Finally. This is the only thing that bugs me about the service. I have a lot of rap songs and it irks me when I hear my song which was previously raw and uncensored have all the cusswords taken out.

Jonathan Seals says:

I submitted this to their feedback page not even a week ago.... (cool face) :P

cinco312 says:

WTF? I never noticed this but I haven't really been listening to anything lately. I just checked my Biggie and Tupac stuff and all the curses are gone! All the underground stuff obviously isn't. All my Jay-Z stuff is fine, which is weird. I gotta do more testing now.

Christian says:

I will be happy when they fix this! Although profanity is looked down upon, you don't get the same feeling when listening to any album with censored lyrics.
It's prior restraint!

Sammyk says:

I recently discovered this problem and it is driving me CRAZY!! I want the versions that I'm used to on my iPod! Can't stand the censored versions...

ITIL certification says:

Tremendous things here. I'm very glad to peer your post. Thank you a lot and I'm looking forward to contact you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

ron smith says:

Cleaning up my music files that have been matchesd is aservice I really didnt want to pay for. I cannot believe that this is still an issue after such a long time , please advise if you are any nearer finding a solution/fix/ or even temporary workaround. disapointed