As music streaming becomes the way people are listening to music more and more around the world, Spotify are getting their platform ready for kids.
Spotify have begun rolling out an explicit content filter to block out any explicit or offensive content from their music streaming service. Spotify’s recently introduced explicit filter is available for individual users with plans to bring it to family plans as they continue testing the feature.
The feature is currently limited, particularly in comparison to other streaming services with filters for offensive content. Currently the feature can only be used by Premium users on the mobile app but Spotify are bringing their content filter to “more devices coming soon!”. The filter will only apply when playing from the phone, for example it won’t carry over to your desktop listening or apply when using Spotify Connect to stream through devices and speakers.
Users have been requesting a filter for explicit music and content on Spotify for years and whilst Spotify have acknowledged their requests they have until now ignored the feature. Rivals like Apple Music and Pandora have offered explicit content filters for a while now, attracting parents who want to allow their kids to stream music but not listen to explicit artists or tracks – an audience Spotify have been missing out on.
Spotify are late to the game in their content filter options and should look to roll it our beyond Premium on mobile as soon as possible. The first music streaming service just for kids was revealed last month which could become the go-to for parents with a service fully built around child-friendliness, parental control and with a cheaper price tag than most of the big streamers.
For Premium Spotify streamers on mobile you can set your explicit content filters on by going to Your Library, then Settings, tapping on Explicit Content and selecting to switch Allow Explicit Content off. This will grey out any explicit tracks you comes across making them unplayable.