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Currently, in South Korea, all of the songs that are rated 'explicit' in other countries are all rated 19.
This means that if a song has just one curse word, that song gets blocked for ages under 19.
And since pop songs have quite a lot of swearing, I, as a student, won't be able to listen to a lot of songs if I get Spotify.
This makes a lot of great songs (mostly songs that are available for all ages in other countries) unavailable for students.
For example, Ariana Grande's 'positions' album is all rated 19 except for two songs.
And no, other platforms in South Korea don't put age restrictions like this.
Really really explicit songs, such as WAP, are blocked for ages under 19. But normal songs that contain just a bit of swearing are available for all ages.
Spotify's own weird way of putting age restrictions stops a lot of students from switching from other Korean platforms to Spotify.
Please change Spotify's Korean age restriction system to be similar to other Korean platforms and let Korean students get access to all the good music.
Attached below is a screenshot of Ariana Grande's Positions album on Spotify and two most popular Korean music platforms called Melon and FLO.
(notice how almost the whole album is rated 19 in Spotify but available for all ages on Melon and FLO?)
FLO (Korean music platform)
Melon (Korean music platform)
Updated on 2021-06-10
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