Where Are All The Curse Words In iTunes Radio?

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Apple finally announced its long-rumored iTunes Radio service yesterday at WWDC, and even though it doesn’t officially launch until this fall, we’ve been taking it for a spin in the iOS 7 beta. Initially, iTunes Radio has left us fairly impressed, except for one huge omission: all the curse words are missing.

When you stream music via iTunes Radio stations, all songs with profane lyrics are streamed in an edited edition, even on user-created stations. We’re not just talking about radio edits where more family appropriate lyrics are dubbed in. Nope, iTunes Radio just strips out the whole word so you’re left with awkward gaps in the song as your favorite artist chokes out a horrific blast of profanity.

During our time playing with iTunes Radio we haven’t come across a single explicit track that isn’t censored, so if you love to bath in the crass lyrics of hiphop’s greatest living legends, you’re out of luck. 

We’re not sure if this is how iTunes Radio will always function or if it’s just a bug similar to the censoring bug Cult of Mac discovered in iTunes Match last year. Changing parental control settings doesn’t appear to have any effect on the censorship at this time, and there are no toggles for unedited music streaming in the Music app settings either.Where Are All The Curse Words In iTunes Radio?

We reached out to Apple this morning about the notable absence of profanity from iTunes Radio, but haven’t heard back yet. We’ll let you know if they give us any new details.

Update: We’ve heard from a number of beta testers that iTunes Radio is playing explicit tracks for them. Our continued testing has found that the bug is intermittent, but there  are still long periods where iTunes Radio will stream censored tracks without reason.

  • Shane Bryson

    iTunes Radio has NO, I repeat, NO advantage over Pandora and most definitely no advantage over Spotify. If this is Apple’s answer, they are in deep trouble. Pandora is going to be going the way of the dinosaur if it doesn’t adapt to Spotify’s model and iTunes Radio is even more restrictive than Pandora. Sorry Apple, you blew it.

  • iPhone4Jay

    if you remember from past beta version of iOS. The same thing happened with iTunes Match. It was missing curse words on the first couple betas it was released. I’m sure this will change quick enough.

  • dcdevito

    Google Music All Access is 100x better. In addition to radio stations, you can add ANY album, track, artist and add it/them to YOUR library – and listen to them whenever and wherever you want. No need to buy any songs as long as you pay for the service. You can also add anything to a playlist – GMusic will also integrate your All Access songs with your purchased/included songs together. Pandora, Spotify and iTunes Music can’t compete – at all.

  • Shane Bryson

    Google Music All Access is 100x better. In addition to radio stations, you can add ANY album, track, artist and add it/them to YOUR library – and listen to them whenever and wherever you want. No need to buy any songs as long as you pay for the service. You can also add anything to a playlist – GMusic will also integrate your All Access songs with your purchased/included songs together. Pandora, Spotify and iTunes Music can’t compete – at all.

    On the contrary, Spotify can compete against Google Music on every level and mostly kick it’s ass.

  • dcdevito
    Google Music All Access is 100x better. In addition to radio stations, you can add ANY album, track, artist and add it/them to YOUR library – and listen to them whenever and wherever you want. No need to buy any songs as long as you pay for the service. You can also add anything to a playlist – GMusic will also integrate your All Access songs with your purchased/included songs together. Pandora, Spotify and iTunes Music can’t compete – at all.

    On the contrary, Spotify can compete against Google Music on every level and mostly kick it’s ass.

    Not for the reasons I mentioned, it surely cannot. It is a bit complicated an interface, but once you get the hang of it it truly is 100x better. I had to show a few people in person and once I did they saw the light

  • GenXerguy

    On the Apple TV beta there is a setting for explicit on or off

  • asimonwalsh

    iTunes Radio plays a mix of explicit and clean songs for me. Explicit songs are marked by an “E”. Take a look at a screenshot I just took. https://www.dropbox.com/s/wc25yfltadazj6e/Photo%20Jun%2011%2C%2011%2058%2027%20PM.png

  • Skywaytraffic

    This is simply not true. I’ve yet to hear an edited song on iTunes Radio. Dropping shits and fucks all over the place.

  • gcfio

    iTunes Radio has NO, I repeat, NO advantage over Pandora and most definitely no advantage over Spotify. If this is Apple’s answer, they are in deep trouble. Pandora is going to be going the way of the dinosaur if it doesn’t adapt to Spotify’s model and iTunes Radio is even more restrictive than Pandora. Sorry Apple, you blew it.

    Pandora and Spotify have yet to prove that this is a money making solution. I don’t see Apple going to this model. I think they are intent on providing a Pandora service on a global level with the ease of buying songs at your fingertips. I love Spotify, but google and apple have deep pockets and both of them have an entire music store behind the radio service. Pandora and Spotify don’t make money off most of their customers.

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