Google Assistant Plays Censored Versions of Songs

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Google Assistant Plays Censored Versions of Songs

BenAVL
Newbie

Plan

Premium

Country

USA

Device

Samsung S9 SM-G960U

Operating System

Android 9 Pie

My Question or Issue

When I use voice commands through Google Assistant to play music on Spotify, it sometimes defaults to censored/edited versions of the song. If I use the mic button from within Spotify, it plays the original version of the music.

I have "allow explicit content" set to ON in my settings.

There is no Google Assistant setting that looks relevant. 

Example album: Aesop Rock's "Impossible Kid"

Recreation steps: 

1. Search for "Impossible Kid" by typing in album in search bar from Spotify. Explicit content shows first. Plays normally.

2. Tap search in Spotify, then tap mic icon and say "Play Impossible Kid". Explicit content shows first. Plays normally.

3. Say "Okay Google" and wait for tone prompt. Then say "Play Impossible Kid on Spotify" or "Play Impossible Kid" or "Play the album Impossible Kid" etc., and the clean, censored version of the album plays. This is most easily noted on track 3 at around the 0:40s mark. "I should give a sh-t less".

 

Would be great to have a fix to this, but also, no music should default away from its original version. The setting from within the app(s) should be to block explicit content as preferred, not allow explicit as preferred. Not only will this solve tertiary problems caused by inverse sorting (fewer songs need to be edited than don't), but it doesn't seem to assume that music requires censorship.


Either way, please fix or provide steps.

7 Replies

dmsuperman
Music Fan

I still have this exact problem all the time. Spotify app will list explicit first and play the unedited version, but Google home will only play censored versions. I have music restrictions turned entirely off in my Google home

KisMi
Casual Listener

I think more people are having this issue then are talking about it.  This has happened to me several times in the couple of years that I've been using Google Home devices.  It will get fixed then it pops back up.  There are explicit setting in the Google Home app and in Spotify.  For me, I have both set to play explicit versions of music with no filters.  But albums I listen to without any issue will stop playing the explicit version and only play the clean version.  I think it is a joint issue between both Google Assistant and Spotify.  I think it has to do with the coding of the request.  It is very frustrating the only way I can play songs is by casting them through the Spotify app versus using voice commands which is a little irritating especially if you are sending requests while in the shower.  I understand we have to protect innocent ears but there has to be a more efficient way to satisfy all users.

kash20
Visitor
Yeah I have the same problem happening as well. One thing that I noticed that is if you manually play the Explicit version of the song and then ask Google Home to play the same song, then it doesn't switch to the radio version, but of course, doing this isn't practical since you have to play the song manually.

For songs where there's no clean version available on Spotify, I have no problem in playing the explicit version, e.g. "**bleep** the police - NWA". But songs with radio edits default to radio edits.

A workaround that Spotify can do is allow a user to hide radio versions of songs if they have no problems with only the explicit versions of the songs.

Mihail
Moderator
Moderator

Hey folks,

Thanks posting here in the Community! We'll gladly help you out.

 

As a first step, it's a good idea to check if you have the playback of explicit content activated for both Spotify and  your Google device. You can learn how to do this for the Spotify app here. With Google this option can be toggled in the settings under Digital Wellbeing and parrental controls. You should afterwards restart all devices where the issue comes up, so that the new information is synced with the servers.

If you're experiencing this with Google Home and Google Nest devices, we recommend that you also relink your Google and Spotify accounts. This support article has the necessary steps listed. 

Hope you find this useful. Keep us posted how you get on.

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Terrylee23
Visitor

I'm sorry but none of these articles resolves this issue, I have no search filters in Google home under digital wellbeing.

No matter what if I ask this Google to play a song it is defaulting to censored music.

 

I want an option to filter all clean songs. Seriously who wants to listen to that anyways? Make those optional and enforce them on child accounts if that's a thing.

 

Please. 

Jeremy
Moderator
Moderator

Hi there @Terrylee23,

 

Thank you for your reply and confirmation.

 

Can you perform a clean reinstall of the app? This will make sure there's no old cache files causing this.

 

On another note, does this occur on one specific device or multiple devices?

We'll keep an eye out for your reply.

 

Cheers!

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r_ilang
Casual Listener

Digital wellbeing settings in the Google home app will allow you to chose content filters for videos and music on all of your Google devices. 

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