Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Google Music users angered as explicit lyrics are replaced by 'clean' edits

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Google Music has been criticized after users of the cloud based storage system found that songs with explicit lyrics in them were replaced by more family friendly versions. 

The music service recently revealed its scan and match feature, which allows users to scan their music catalogue and give them online access to the songs it finds, provided Google can match those songs on its servers. The service is free, however, users have been disappointed to discover that edited versions of songs such as Cee Lo Green's 'Fuck You' and 'Teenage Dream' by Katy Perry appear on their account when they have scanned the original versions complete with swear words.

Google Music has approximately 13m songs stored on its servers. Users can upload around 20,000 songs to their personal account for remote access. The issue of clean songs replacing explicit versions has also been a problem for the iTunes Match and Amazon Cloud services. It is not an act of censorship – users who have scanned clean versions of songs have found that the explicit versions have appeared on their account.

Meanwhile, Google Play recently came under fire from a record industry body, which says the service "doesn't make sense". The internet giant launched the new service in November 2012. It aims to compete with iTunes and provide a legal alternative to illegal downloading and pirated music.

Google has been accused of failing to bury links to illegal music downloads and torrents in their search engine's results. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) say the lack of action undermines artists.

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