What Does the E Mean in Spotify

Not sure what you’re listening to? Look for the “E” on Spotify – it indicates that the song contains explicit language, references, or graphic content. 

Hi there! I’m Nancy and I’ve been using Spotify for many years. Spotify is easy to use on smartphones, tablets, computers, and smart speakers. You can listen to your favorite music anytime and anywhere, create playlists, save songs offline, and switch between devices effortlessly. 

In this post, I’ll explain the importance and meaning of the “E” symbol next to a song title in Spotify.

Let’s dive in.

What Does the E Beside a Song Mean in Spotify?

The “E” beside a song or audio track on Spotify lets you know that the content may include explicit language, references, or graphic content that could be inappropriate for young children.

Just like how certain radio stations avoid playing songs with explicit content due to rules from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Spotify also aims to inform its listeners about explicit content. This feature also serves as parental control and gives individuals the chance to filter out which songs, podcasts or audiobooks contain explicit material.

Does Spotify Automatically Label Songs as Explicit? 

Spotify does not automatically label songs as explicit. The labeling of explicit content on the platform is based on the information provided by the music rights holders, such as labels and artists. These details usually tell us if a song has explicit lyrics or themes.

It’s worth noting that the accuracy of explicit labeling on Spotify may vary. Because Spotify allows content to be uploaded by various users, they cannot guarantee that all explicit material will always be correctly marked with the “E” tag. This means that there is a possibility that some explicit content may not be appropriately labeled.

Why Does Spotify Block Curse Words?

Spotify blocks curse words to make sure their platform is suitable for a wide range of people, including younger listeners.

By censoring or blocking curse words, Spotify aims to create a more inclusive and family-friendly application for users who don’t want to hear explicit language or who may be sensitive to it. This helps them meet the content regulations required of them and keep their platform suitable for users of different ages and cultural backgrounds. 

You may check for explicit versions of any content with the explicit tag, but be aware that not all explicit releases may have a clean version. Just search for the song title in the homepage search bar to find any versions that don’t have explicit tags.

How to Turn Off Explicit on Spotify

To get started, open the Shopify app on your device. On the main screen, look for the Settings icon that resembles a gear and tap on it. 

Scroll down until you find the option labeled “Allow Explicit Content” and select it to disable it. 

Once you turn off explicit content, any songs or content with an explicit tag will appear grayed out. You won’t be able to play those items, and they will be automatically skipped. 

If you have the Premium Family plan on Spotify, you have the ability to control whether explicit content is allowed or blocked for other members of the plan. This is particularly useful for parents who want to ensure a safe and age-appropriate listening experience for their children.

To do this, log in to your Premium Family plan and select the member you want to manage. From there, you can toggle the option to either allow or block explicit content for that specific member. 

Final Thoughts

Spotify offers a vast music library with millions of songs from various genres and artists. While this diverse collection is a major plus, Spotify also acknowledges that some of the content may contain explicit content. To ensure that users can safely enjoy the platform, Spotify provides labeling and allows users to set their own content preferences. 

This way, everyone can have a great experience exploring the vast music library without being exposed to explicit content.

If you have any more questions, let us know in the comments below.

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