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Google Scan and Match Replacing Explicit Songs with Edited Content

by Todd Haselton | December 26, 2012December 26, 2012 7:30 am PDT

Google Play Music

Google’s scan and match feature of Google Music, which allows users to store content in the cloud for playback at a later time, is apparently taking explicit songs and replacing them with edited versions. In other words, you might own the explicit version of a Beastie Boys album but, when you go to stream it back on your phone, Google may only provide you with the clean version of the album. Droid-Life noticed this user’s specific complaint:

Let me out of force match!!!!!!!! Do not match my library! That’s my music that I have bought and collected for years!!! All for you to trash it??? Don’t tell me what version my music should be, sound like and what bit rate!! That is wrong!!

We’re guessing (and hoping) that Google has a fix on the way. We’ll keep you up to date if we hear more. In the meantime, what are your thoughts about this?

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...