Google’s Scan-and-Match Service: Users Find Explict Songs Replaced with Clean Versions

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Remember when music wasn't portable and there weren't problems? Image by  Ferrari + caballos + fuerza = cerebro Humano 

Remember when music wasn’t portable and scratches were the only problems? Image by Ferrari + caballos + fuerza = cerebro Humano 

Google made a new scan-and-match service for music available to customers on December 19, 2012.

However, not even a month later, users are reporting that the service is censoring music – those with explicit songs on their computer are finding that Google Play’s scan-and-match is only choosing clean versions of those songs for cloud storage.

What Is Scan-and-Match?

Google’s new service allows customers to upload their songs to the cloud. Users can upload 20,000 songs for free and then play them through various Android devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

Imagine trying to upload 20,000 songs to the cloud manually – therein lies the benefit of using a service like this.

The service will automatically scan a customer’s music, whether they use Windows Media Player or iTunes to store and play files.

The service then automatically locates online versions of the song, and saves them onto the cloud. It is quick and simple, but the service will only upload songs that are available through Google’s library of songs, which has about 13 million songs in the database.

Swapping Explicit Songs for Clean Versions

The Verge has reported that users are complaining about explicit songs being replaced by clean versions. While this could be seen as a good thing for parents with young children, many people want the original versions of songs that they already have saved on their computer. Even worse, however, the Verge has also reported the opposite is happening. Users with the clean versions are finding the scan-and-match service offers up the explicit version!

This issue only affects those that use the scan-and-match service. If you manually upload your tracks to the cloud, you’ll always have the same version as on your computer.

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