When browsing the Apple Music catalog of music, you might see an artist or song title with an “e” after it. This little e doesn’t stand for anything; it’s just a standard character that is often added to song titles on streaming services to help users find the music they want faster. The little “e” symbol stands for “explicit” and means the song has explicit lyrics. The presence of this symbol on an artist or album means that it has content that may not be suitable for all listeners.
Examples include swearing, sexual or violent references, or other potentially offensive material. Suppose you have young children at home or are generally cautious about listening to explicit content; this blog can help you filter out explicit songs in your library and ensure your kids don’t have access to anything unsuitable for their age group.
How to Filter Out Explicit Music on Apple Music
If you want to ensure that you only have access to clean songs while using Apple Music, you can create a filter to block explicit content. Go to the “For You” tab and tap on “Library” (this tab is found in the bottom menu). Inside the Library tab, tap “Mature Content” and create a filter to block explicit music.
You can also do this from the device’s settings app. Tap on “Account,” then “Apple Music” or “Subscriptions.” From there, tap “Mature Content” to create the same filter. This way, you can ensure that any explicit content is hidden on Apple Music.
Finding Explicit Content in the Music Catalog
As we mentioned earlier, the presence of an “e” in a song title means that the content is explicit. Skip this section if you’re looking for clean music. But if you’re curious how to tell if a song contains explicit content, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- When it comes to genres, most likely, the song is explicit if it belongs to Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, or Rock categories.
- Explicit lyrics may also be present in songs under the categories like Electronic, Jazz, or Latin.
- If you see the “e” on a song you’re unsure about, you can always click the “e” to go to that song’s detail page and see if it’s marked as explicit.
- You can also use the “Trends” section in the Library tab to see which songs have the most “e” symbols. This can help you figure out what kind of music is usually explicit.
How to Tell if a Song is Explicit or Not and How to Create a Playlist
If you’re curious whether a specific song has explicit content or not, you can click on the song title to see the “More” menu on the right side of the screen. There you will find the “Lyrics” option.
Swiping right on a song will bring up the “now playing” screen, where you can rate the song on a scale of one to five stars and share a link to the music on social media.
Tapping the “playlist” button from the now playing screen will create a list of your existing playlists. You can tap “+” from here to create a new one. You can also tap and hold on to a song to add it to a playlist.
Suppose you’re listening to a song and want to add it to a playlist; you can long-tap the “now playing” icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to quickly add it to a playlist.
You can use Siri to control music as well. You can tell Siri to “play” a specific song, “pause” the current song, “shuffle,” “resume” the current music, or “next” to a particular song. You can also swipe left on a song to remove it from the current playlist quickly.
Filtering Out Explicit Content with Mature Content Filters
Did you know that you can filter out explicit content with the mature content filter? As we mentioned, you can create a filter to block explicit content. This is especially helpful if you have kids and want to ensure you only have access to clean songs.
When you create the filter, you can choose to block content that has been marked as explicit or inappropriate for general audiences.
You can also tell Apple Music to block all sexual references, explicit language, or violent content. The filters are flexible, and you can apply them to your entire Apple Music library or only to playlists or artists you choose.
Playing Apple Music Content with the Little “E”
If you want to play an artist or song with explicit content, you can turn on the “E” symbol next to the name of the song, artist, or album. This will allow you to play the music with explicit content. If you want to turn off the E, you can click on the X next to the song’s name.
If you want to turn off the E for your entire library, you can go to the “Settings” section on your device. From there, select “Music” and turn off the option “Show Content Descriptions.” This will turn off the E for your entire library.
Getting Rid of Apple Music App on an iPhone
If you don’t want to use the Apple Music app on your iPhone, you can easily get rid of it. Open the “Settings” section on your device, tap on “General,” and select “Shut Down.”
Once the shutdown process is complete, you’ll be able to delete the Apple Music app from your iPhone. If you want to keep the app but want to stop using it, you can go to “Settings,” tap on “Account,” select your Apple ID, and click on “Subscriptions.” From there, you can turn off Auto-Renewal and have the app deleted in 30 days.
In the meantime, you can open the “Settings” app and go to “Apple Music.” There, you can toggle off the “Show Apple Music” button. When the app is closed, it will no longer consume data. This is useful if you’re on a metered cellular connection.
When you want to open the Apple Music app again, you can press the “Home” button and tap the app icon. The app will open with no data usage.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s Apple Music?
Apple Music is typically a combination of global-like radio programming and subscription-based music streaming created by Apple. You just pay a subscription fee and gain access to over 90 million songs in the library.
You must use your Apple ID and the password to listen to Apple Music.
The Bottom Line
When browsing the Apple Music catalog, keep an eye out for the “e” after the song title. This lets you know that the song has explicit content. You can use this information to help you decide which songs to play and which to skip. Suppose you have young kids at home or are generally cautious about listening to explicit content; you can use filters to block out explicit songs and ensure that you only have access to clean music. For the best experience, ensure you’re familiar with the types of content you filter out and make adjustments as necessary.