Anger as Google Music's scan-and-match feature swaps explicit songs with clean versions
22:11 GMT, 28 December 2012
Users of a new Google Music feature have been left angry and disappointed after it replaced expletive-laden songs with the cleaner versions suitable for all ages.
The scan-and-match technology which had been rolled out just in time for Christmas drew early criticism from users who said the tool was weeding out explicit lyrics.
People complained that the new Google Play Music Manager feature swapped songs with explicit lyrics like Cee-Lo Green’s F**k You and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream album with the more child-friendly versions.
Glitch: The new Google music feature has drawn a number of complaints from users saying that it has replaced expletive-laden versions of songs with cleaner ones
HOW DOES GOOGLE'S NEW SCAN-AND-MATCH FEATURE WORK
Scan-and-match is a free service that scans a user’s computer, giving them online access to the songs it finds, provided Google can match those songs on its servers.
The service saves you the time of manually uploading your music to Google Music by scanning the files in your library and comparing them to songs in the Google Music library.
If your song is in the Google Music library, Google will copy it to your cloud account. If it is not in Google's library of approximately 13 million songs, Google will upload to your cloud account.
It has since appeared that this is not a result of cloud censorship on Google’s part as people have also complained that clean versions are being replaced by naughtier renditions of songs.
Google is not alone in experiencing such an issue as rival cloud storage services – iTunes Match and Amazon Cloud player – have previously received complaints about storing incorrect versions of songs too.
As a solution to the problem, Google Play, offers a ‘Fix Incorrect Match’ option that overrides the initial match.
The actual song file will be uploaded to the service instead of using Google’s matching system.
Complaints: People have found that the feature swapped songs with explicit lyrics like Katy Perry's Teenage Dream with more child-friendly versions
Google’s new scan-and-match feature for its music service aims to offer a simple solution for getting your songs uploaded to the cloud.
It scans your online music library on a given device and then uses that information to add as many as 20,000 songs to the cloud without you having to upload it.
It stores Google Play licensed versions of as many as 20,000 of your songs in the cloud.