Fix For Google Scan-And-Match Censoring Revealed

By Khurram Aziz email: | Dec 27, 2012 08:14 PM EST

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Google Music's new scan-and-match service is reportedly replacing explicit songs with clean versions and vice versa. Fortunately, there's a fix for that now.

Google recently launched its free music scan-and-match service similar to Apple's iTunes Match. It scans a user's computer and searches Google's servers for matching songs that can be streamed online without uploading music files. Google is offering the service for free compared to the $25 a year Apple charges.

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However, soon users began complaining that they are seeing their explicit songs being replaced with "clean" versions of the same and some even reported that the opposite was happening - "clean" versions were being replaced with profanity-laced songs. It's a similar problem Apple's iTunes Match users experienced following its launch.

Thankfully, there is a simple fix. In Google's Music Manager, which is the software that scans and matches your music, go to your music library on Google Music and find the song that has been incorrectly tagged. Then right click on it and choose "Fix incorrect match." it will tell the software to upload the original version of your song and ignore the incorrect match. However, there isn't a way to fix multiple songs at the same time, so you will have to fix each song individually. It can be a tedious task.

Google Music officially launched in the U.S. in Noember 2011, allowing its users to upload up to 20,000 songs for free and then stream them online anywhere.

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