Blip! Apple is making software to censor all the curse words in your favorite saucy tunes

Blip! Apple is making software to censor all the curse words in your favorite saucy tunes
If you like your music peppered with insults and course words like a hot, spicy dish of Sichuan Hot-Pot, you might not like where Apple is going with its latest patent. Apparently, the gang at Cupertino has been working on technology to automatically scan songs that are streamed online and edit out any swear words in the lyrics, real-time. What the *blip*! The patent was filed in September 2014 and proposes a system for detecting and marking explicit sections of tracks, then editing them out. Swear words could be replaced with a beeping noise or non-explicit lyrics.

Being the mastermind behind iTunes and all, Apple knows that censoring tunes with blips, screeches, and silences really sucks. Which is why the system can also detect the music behind the lyrics and simply silence the swear words, generating background music so that the track appears to continue seamlessly. That sounds way nicer! Apple’s tech also applies to audio books. For example, explicit sentences can be filtered out to make the content suitable for minors.

For better or worse, there’s no sign that Apple will actually start censoring music on iTunes or its Apple Music streaming service anytime soon. Beats 1, its free online radio station, is already restricted to non-explicit edits of songs, however. Of course, Apple has been remarkably strict with the kind of content that makes it onto iTunes and the App Store. Back in 2010, Steve Jobs famously made it clear that the App Store would remain a porn-free zone, snarkily remarking that “folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.”

Anyway, if Apple does implement this, we suspect it will only a matter of time before a skilled coder/jokester puts together an app that does the opposite, turning harmless pop lyrics into profanity-inejcted fests of slam poetry.

via Business Insider



1. Carlitos

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

As long as it can be disabled idc. If there is one thing that annoys me is when Play Music censors my songs and i have no way to disable it

11. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

does that really happen??? I mean, I haven't use Play Music and I wouldn't know, but every Google service has a way to disable "Safe" content... even Google Now

12. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Yes! I've noticed this on PM as well. My own uncensored music became edited, stuff that was on a CD that I uploaded. Not cool, not cool, u have know idea how not cool that sh!t is

3. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

f**k Apple! (edit) Shit! Fuck PA! They've gone censor on me! :P (reedit) WTF? I can't tell Apple to go fuck themselves but I can tell PA? What kind of bot are they hiring? P.S. Before I get banned, I'll say in my defense that this is a tongue in cheek post. I don't

4. Unordinary unregistered

You need help.

6. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Yes I do. I can give you my bank account number if you are willing to lend a hand. Or a grand.

17. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

LMAO!!!!! You got me here dying with laughter.

5. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

...have more time to edit my post! :(

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If it can be disabled then I can see how this could be useful but if it can't, well Apple music will be dead to me.

9. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

This would be awesome for businesses that want to stream music in their store, like I do. ITunes radio (rip) and Pandora radio fail to censor all songs even when explicit music is turned off.

10. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Nudity and cursing, the 2 things Americans should not be exposed to (see their public TV policies for example). But violence? Mostly NP. Unexplainable (double) standards.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Unless they weren't breastfed, everyone has seen boobs before. OMG! That means we're exposing babies to boobies! Everyone, stop breastfeeding or you'll end up raising a deviant sex offender! But it's OK if you beat someone to death with a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat or rip out their throat, just don't curse when you do it. ;-)

13. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Lol now apple wants to control what you listen to. They control what you can do with your phones and then it will be your music.

15. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

And here i thought freedom of speech and expression was supposed to be a big thing in America? But of course Apple is actually an Irish company so...

16. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

All these people saying Apple wants to control what you listen to, can you even think for a moment and see what the use-case might be for this? I can see how this could be used in a public area or a business or parents wanting to control their children's listening habit, etc. I doubt they (Apple) would enforce this on everyone and not give any control to disable it.

18. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

...really? as if censorship in general wasn't already messed up beyond belief.

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I can see a use of this, for those parents who want to be irresponsible of the content their kids listen to without worrying about kids getting spoiled with all them curse words...thanks but no thanks, I'd rather be responsible.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

seems interesting, I want to hear eminem's "fack" or other songs with this... *beep* *bep* *beeep* *beep* *beeeep* *bep* *beep* *beeep* *beep*..

27. gaming64

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Eminem>All the other rappers

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