iTunes Match Is Ruining The Lives Of Customers And Rappers By Censoring Explicit Tracks



Nothing helps me turn my swag on more than when I’m listening to rap music during my morning jogs. Swimming in a tidal wave of beats fused with magically crass lyrics, I get this uncontrollable tick that slowly mutates into spasms of weird arm movements as I trot along. I think it’s called “crunking”, but I’m not sure. All I know is I need my terribly cheesy rap music to survive my jogs, but today I loaded up songs on my iPhone using iTunes Match and there was a subtle but devastating difference in the tracks I listened to: all the curse words were gone!

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.

To be fair to Apple, this weird change only occured on a couple of the rap songs I downloaded to my iPhone from iTunes Match, but there is definitely a problem here. My downloading skills are top notch, but I still double-checked to see if the files in my iTunes Library were the clean versions of those tracks. They weren’t. iTunes Match got something wrong when it scanned my library and matched it up in iCloud which resulted in my favorite rap artists getting censored.

Here are four tracks I can confirm have been “cleaned up” by iTunes Match:

  • Kanye West’s “Hell Of A Life” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Kanye West’s “Power” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Jay-Z’s “Can I Live” from Reasonable Doubt
  • Ice Cube’s “Jack N The Box” from Raw Footage

All of those songs above have had their obscenities removed and replaced by clean radio-edit versions of the same songs. Which might be great for some, but I need those obscenities, Apple! Give them back.

I know a lot of people have a big bone to pick with rap music and the way it rots the minds of youth and degrades women, but I like it, dang it. I want to hear about how many hoes Jay-Z is pimpin’ on that boat, and just how muthaf**kin cool Kanye West thinks he is. Listening to the clean version of a rap-album is worse than suffering through a Nicolas Cage movie and there’s something enchanting about the way Three Six Mafia can rhyme “shit” with just about any word in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary. If I paid for the explicit version of an album, I fully expect to be able to utilize iCloud to have the filth streamed to me whenever my heart desires without it being censored. Hopefully I’m the only person who has had this happen to them, because I get teary-eyed thinking about what life would be like living in a world where N.W.A’s songs sound like they were written by Wayne Brady.

What about you? Have you had any weird glitches with iTunes Match? Tell us about it in the comments.


Update: 9to5Mac says Apple has acknowledged this is an issue, and is working on a fix.


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