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Mark iTunes tracks with an 'explicit' tag Apps
One thing that has bugged me for a while is that you can't manually tag your music as clean or explicit. I have young kids at home, and it would be handy to filter content based on such a tag.

After hunting around, I found a piece of free software called Lostify that lets you edit the m4a tags. The only problems remaining are that you need to convert your library to AAC (if you haven't already), and there is still no option in Smart Playlists to filter by content rating. Still it could come in handy.

[robg adds: Lostify is a GUI for the command-line tool AtomicParsley. We mentioned AtomicParsley in this hint (and the comments mention Lostify as well, but I felt it worth sharing as a separate tip.]
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Mark iTunes tracks with an 'explicit' tag
Authored by: dutchieman on Jun 19, '07 08:00:02AM

Wouldn't this be possible with just adding the string "explicit" in the 'Grouping' field for the respective songs? I have abused that field for this purpose before ;-). You can then do an explicit substring match on Grouping in a smart playlist.



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Wrong approach
Authored by: ttt on Jun 19, '07 10:30:59AM

Labeling things just makes it easier for kids to find "bad" stuff when you're not looking. I mean, you wouldn't go saying that your solution to keeping kids away from your old Playboy magazines was to put them with all your other magazines in a box marked "Naked Naked Naked", now would you? The more parental thing to do is just don't make them available on the "family" account, or perhaps going so far as to give each child their own account. When you have kids of a number different ages and interests, giving them their own space on the computer goes a long way.



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Wrong approach
Authored by: finnpage on Jun 19, '07 10:45:14AM

I think you miss the point entirely. I would love this so that I could set my "party shuffle" or other random playlist without having to worry that my young kids (or my in-laws for that matter) would be hearing inappropriate content. They don't use the machine themselves - they only listen to the music I put on. Kids that are old enough to play with the computer (especially unsupervised) are old enough to hear any music I might own.



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Wrong approach
Authored by: ttt on Jun 19, '07 12:30:48PM

No, I also get the new point you've changed it to, and digging at the explicit tag is still unnecessary to accomplish it. If you want to avoid certain songs, just put them on a "Do Not Play" playlist that is used to filter any other playlist using a smart playlist. This method is useful for "good" songs as well as "bad", like being able to have a "Christmas" playlist that you use to skip holiday songs for the other 11 months out of the year. It is far less complex to do than what is given in this hint and actually accomplishes what you want.



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Wrong approach
Authored by: cshuman on Jun 19, '07 12:26:40PM

I use the comments field and it's not to keep the kids out. It's to allow me to choose a playlist without explicit lyrics while I'm working in the house and not have to run to the computer and turn down the volume every time there could be a questionable lyric.

The real problem is that I can't create a smart playlist based off of the lyrics field.

Chris

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Mark iTunes tracks with an 'explicit' tag
Authored by: aczunig on Jun 19, '07 10:36:25AM

This is great but it makes a new file marked tagged and you have to manually add this "new track" to your library. Meaning all your ratings and playcounts are now reset since it's a new file itself



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Mark iTunes tracks with an 'explicit' tag
Authored by: aczunig on Jun 19, '07 10:43:35AM

Nevermind... there's an option to overwrite your existing file. GREAT!



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Mark iTunes tracks with an 'explicit' tag
Authored by: dsymonds on Jun 19, '07 03:49:35PM

I was under the impression that tracks marked as "clean" were merely versions of the "explicit" tracks with the naughty bits removed or bleeped-out. Tracks that are suitable for children probably shouldn't have either.



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Mark iTunes tracks with an 'explicit' tag
Authored by: Eravau on Jun 20, '07 10:45:08AM
Having downloaded several songs from the iTunes store marked Clean that most definitely didn't have an Explicit version (e.g., some Christian praise music), I can truthfully say that this isn't necessarily the case. iTMS has some songs marked Clean that shouldn't have any marking at all. I don't know for sure if that is the case with certain Explicit tags or not.

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Mark iTunes tracks with an 'explicit' tag
Authored by: network23 on Jun 20, '07 11:22:55AM

Why not just add a term to the comment field? I have all the songs I don't want my kids to hear marked as 'blocked', and my Smart Playlist excludes any songs with that word in the comment field.

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Mark iTunes tracks with an 'explicit' tag
Authored by: BMarsh on Jun 21, '07 06:16:34AM

I just used the comment field to indicate "not work safe" (use your own wording)
then in any smart playlists I want to be "work safe" I have it exclude songs that have "not work safe" in the comments

I made an applescript at one point that allows me to select many songs, and add the "tag" to all of them in one shot, but you can also do it manually by selecting all such songs known, and editing the comments
(this can wipe out existing comments, the script I had made added the comment to any existing comments, I'd post the code here, but no longer have the script after my previous PowerMac was stolen, and haven't gotten around to recreating it yet)



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