Thank you all for the responses, a good healthy reasoned debate.
So as I was cooking last night, Amazon was playing away and I had it just playing via a playlist recommendation.
As this was through the Sonos into three rooms in the house, background music largely.
And there we hit the problem.
Because I don't have the "choice" (that we all agree is the missing element in what is a great service provision), to filter out explicit songs... I was left very quickly trying to hit the off button.
I'm not for one moment suggestion sensorship, or banning music (Mike Read springs to mind with Frankie Relax, and how the next week it was rightly at No1.), quite the opposite.
I firmly believe artists must be able or even encouraged to push boundaries. That's what makes music / film/ life....interesting and varied.
Afterall who can remember how Punk rock pushed every boundary and changed culture, for when the Sex Pistols first used a certain word live on TV? yet today it appears with regularity. Now is that a good or bad thing... well that's not for me as one individual to judge what other people think or want.
But as subscribers to a Kids/ Family marketed product.. ..Amazon come on, you should provide us as the end customer the ability to "choose".
Unfortunately it comes down to what is “explicit”. Radio stations have no filter e.g. Shabba Ranks lyrics were somewhat “explicit” without using swear words.
explicit can only be added by the record company in the metadata, but what is it? I found the Shabba Ranks lyrics far more offensive than the odd f word being thrown about but that is just me. The f word was not on Radio 1 but the VERY sexually explicit lyrics of Shabba Ranks were. Sort those conundrums out. And a fairly recent FKA Twigs song was extremely graphic.
@CombatWombat.... having the choice to filter explicit content is not censorship by the way. Because a person can choose, or not, to filter it. Amazon Music is also not the internet by the way. Its an app that streams music. So allowing my child to listen and discover new music is not allowing them the freedom to browse the internet.
It is not enough for me to create playlists. How would one browse and discover new and old music, unless I create a playlist of every non-explicit track?
What is needed is a choice to filter explicit music like Apple have. Then everyone is happy. Why would you disagree with that?
And since when is listening to music only for adults?
Apologies, filtering is just another word for censorship.
If you have a service (Apple) that meets your needs then I strongly suggest you embrace and support it. I have no experience of it and have no idea how they elect to "filter" music.
I do not disagree with filtering - if that is what you want. I do disagree with filtering (or in my words censorship) if that is not what I want. I respect that you want something and have found a source for it (Apple) fine, stick with it. Please do not try to impose your/their censorship on a different service that does not recognize the need to tell you what you can and can not do.
As is usually the case in such discussions, I fear that we shall never be able to accept or support each others viewpoint. I can respect you have one, it's just not something I can understand. I hope that you can obtain the service you need from another service provider and I really hope that Amazon continue to keep their fingers out of proscribing what the world can read, watch and listen to. Respect and regards, CW
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Whilst I agree in principle that what a child listens to is the parents responsibility now there are Alexa devices that respond to anyone voice when using these it is impossible to control what anyone listens too. If Alexa was capable of recognising individual voices then a child profile would be possible.
@CombatWombat you do not have to worry and therefore keep going on about censorship as what Amazon need to do will not affect you or anyone else's music experience as what they need to do would be a per user choice. Its quite simple so have no idea why you keep going on about censoring. Nothing will be censored for you or anyone who does not want to filter their music using a filtering checkbox. If the checkbox to filter music is not checked as default, and put in some settings screen somewhere, you wouldn't even know it existed as you wont be looking for it as you do not want to filter your music. So don't worry about it and let us who do want the option to have it implemented. Why you are against giving the people the choice and want to force everything onto us is strange.
@bob, this is why its becoming more worrying. With Amazon Echo and other voice recognition devices becoming more and more popular in peoples homes, more and more children will hear and see even more explicit content. Parents are always one step behind trying to find ways to block explicit content from their kids, yet the providers just keep releasing more and more non-filtered devices and means to access content. We should not be playing catchup, but companies like Amazon should be including this in everything they do.
I'm sick of playing catchup. I'm sick of spending hours, days finding out how to protect my children from swearing, violence, porn, to find there's some new device on the market taking off that makes it easy for kids to gain access, and yet another difficult process for me to filter it.
@CBRetrieverI have emailed them and they do not seem very interested in child protection, hence coming on the forum. I will try several different avenues and probably need to keep banging on about it to get heard if you want a change.