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Alexa, you need some child friendly settings… quickly.

Today, I another experience of running to the Echo to stop it from singing something not wholesome. Taking care of a baby, I’ve had a chorus stuck in my head from Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”…

…I love you baby, and if quite alright, pretty baby, and if it’s quite alright, I need you baby…

Voice-first devices are magical at being able to near instantly satisfy this craving. Except when they’re not…

Me: Alexa, play I love you baby

Alexa: Playing Sample of I Love You Baby featuring Black Rob by Puff Daddy

Alexa plays explicit music

Me: Alexa, STOP!

… after checking Google App on Android…

Me: Alexa, play can’t take my eyes off of you

Alexa: Playing Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

Alexa plays Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Lauryn Hill

Me: Alexa, stop!

Me: Alexa, play Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli

Alexa: Playing Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli

Finally, success.

Quick and correct music playback is where Google Home has an edge, and they advertise this:

However, it’s easy to see that Amazon is trying to improve. Asking the same request will provide at least three different responses. In the meantime, censoring explicit songs might be an easy win for Amazon, especially that it’s promoting children’s Skills.

And now to play us out, ladies and gentlemen… Frankie Valli.

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