Apple’s iTunes Radio Filters Don’t Always Filter

May 22, 2014

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Last fall, Apple launched iTunes Radio, a streaming radio station to Pandora and Grooveshark. iTunes Radio touts having a music filter. It was intended that a listener’s playlist would automatically block explicit songs from playing.

Users have the option of disabling the filter for those who want to allow explicit content. To disable or enable that feature, a user simply taps the “i” located at the top of the station’s screen, then indicates whether they would like to allow or disable explicit tracks.

For parents who want to keep music clean “permanently,” on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, go to the app “Settings,” choose “General,” then “Restrictions.” Here, you have to enable Restrictions with a password, if you’re a first-time user. Once the password is entered, scroll down to “Allowed Content” and uncheck “Music and Podcasts.” This automatically changes the filter to “clean” and prevents the ability to enable explicit tracks in iTunes Radio.

Despite these precautions, Apple’s noble attempt to supply a censored radio station hasn’t proven very successful. Since the release, listeners have complained about issues regarding censorship. One specifically shared that they had purposefully left the filter on and still had uncensored songs stream on the station. On the other hand, those who did want to hear the original, uncensored song heard censored tracks.

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