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Identifying “explicit” songs from the iTunes Music Store

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Q: When shopping for music in iTunes, I notice that some songs are labeled “Explicit.��? Is there a way to retain that label when you purchase these songs? I would like to keep track of which songs that I have purchased that have “Explicit” lyrics.

- Anonymous

A: No, this label does not transfer by default from the iTunes Music Store, and there’s no option to allow this to happen. Our suggestion would be to keep track of your “Explicit” tracks by simply placing the word “Explicit” in each song’s “Comments” field. Then, a smart playlist can be built that collects all Explicit songs together (or keeps them out!). Granted, this certainly involves more manual labor than you were hoping, but you may find that a few simple manual tag additions made each time you purchase new music is worth the additional criteria you can use to further organize your music.

Jerrod H. is an iLounge Contributing Editor, with frequent contributions to our iPod 101 and 201 tutorials, plus occasional hardware and software product reviews.

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I agree with the last question; there should be an Explicit tag available in iTunes.  I believe that the tag already exists in the ID3 specificaitons. 

Furthermore, there should be a menu option on the iPod to skip/hide Explicit songs from both existing playlists and browsing. 

Presently, I have to set up lots of individual “clean” playlists in order to try to duplicate this functionality on my iPod, but I don’t always have the list I want.

Posted by thenightfly42 in TX on September 16, 2005 at 11:14 AM (CDT)


I am trying to use the Remember Playback Position.  I have books and podcast on my iPod.  I go to info and check “remember playback position.”  I sync my iPod, listen to part of the podcast, stop, play a song, then go back to the podcast.  It starts from the beginning.  Isn’t it supposed to bookmark the file where I left off?

Posted by j1c4o2n5si in TX on September 17, 2005 at 9:50 AM (CDT)


Hello,I have several used ipods all 3rd generation playerswhich I bought on Ebay and fixed.i have a 15,20 ,40 GB ipods.all three came with music on them.The 15 GB is allready isnstalled on my computer with 5 GB of music on it(some of which I installed)and my 15 GB ipod still has about 9 GB still not used on the player!My other 40 GB ipod has about 20 GB of music allready on its Hard drive when I bought it!I am wondering if I can somehow download this 20 GB of music(from my 40 GB player) into my itunes library?When I tried to download the music from my 40 GB ipod a notice comes up on my computer screen saying this ipod is not readable?The notice sayes I should also reformate it for use on my PC?-When I click on update on the screen the ipod shows it initizes then gives me only one itunes obviously doesnt recognize my 40 GB ipod player since there is no name N/A,serial number N/A,software version N/A,Capacity N/A-no information shows about my 40 GB ipodif I were to register this 40 Gb ipod (provided i get the Serial number etc) would that help me download this music to itunes?I do not want to reformate my 40 GB ipod and loose all this music that is allready installed on this ipod.Is there any way to get the music into or on my computer or my external 80 GB Hard Drive and then get the music into i tunes?I was hoping to get all of my music into I tunes but Itunes is only 15 GB in total size.Any help,suggestions,info,tutorials you can provide would be appreciated Thanks Ray at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by Raymond7up in TX on September 18, 2005 at 10:01 PM (CDT)


Is there any news on the larger ipods shrinking too?

Should I wait a couple of months (around the holidays) to buy one or just get one now.

Share any news or rumors you might have.


Posted by xuanca in TX on September 21, 2005 at 1:10 AM (CDT)


The explicit fix is fine and good, except that you can’t add to the info when you purchase, and if you buy a lot of music at once, you immediately lose track of which are explicit and can’t go back to find out which ones they were.
I was also looking for this option because I like to play my pod at my desk at work, but don’t want any explicits to play out loud and possibly offend my coworkers.

Posted by cherno in TX on September 21, 2005 at 4:04 PM (CDT)


I have had My Ipod since July. It stopped working while I was traveling and I assumed that the battery was dead. I have plugged it into my PC to charge but it is not powering up and itunes does not recognize my ipod as being present. It is as if it has died. Is there something I should do to regain power?

Posted by tonymh in TX on September 26, 2005 at 10:37 PM (CDT)

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