Restrict access to items in Music on Mac
You can restrict access to explicit content in the iTunes Store or prevent access to the iTunes Store itself. To change access, you must be an administrator of your computer.
Restrict access to explicit content
In the Music app on your Mac, choose Music > Preferences, then click Restrictions.
If you can’t make changes, click the lock and type your administrator password.
Note: If you unlock the pane but options are dimmed, it’s because the Screen Time Content & Privacy Restrictions are turned on. See Set up content & privacy restrictions in Screen Time on Mac.
To block access to specific Music features, including the iTunes Store, select one or more of the tickboxes in the Disable section.
If you want to set privileges for a store in a different country or region, choose it from the “Ratings for” pop-up menu.
Select one or more of the tickboxes in the Restrict section.
The restrictions available depend on which store you use. In the US iTunes Store, you can prevent anyone using your computer from previewing or buying:
Click the lock.
Make sure you protect your password. Anyone who knows an administrator password for your computer can change access settings.
More about parental advisory labels
Advisory for the iTunes Store: The following is derived from the Recording Industry Association of America Parental Advisory website. The Parental Advisory is a notice to consumers that recordings identified by this logo may contain strong language or depictions of violence, sex or substance abuse. Parental discretion is advised.
The use of the Parental Advisory Label isn’t a determination of whether a recording is or is not appropriate for particular listeners. Rather, the non-removable label is a “heads up” to parents (and consumers, retailers and wholesalers) that parental discretion is advised when purchasing the particular recording for children or when listening to the recording in the home.
The following issues may have been considered in making a determination regarding application of the label.
Whether, in light of contemporary cultural morals and standards and the choices and views of individual parents, the recording might be one that parents may not want their child to listen to.
Context is obviously important: Some words, phrases, sounds or descriptions might be offensive to parents if spotlighted or emphasised, but might not offend if merely part of the background or not a meaningful part of the lyrics.
The context of the artist performing the material, as well as the expectations of the artist’s audience, is also important. In addition to profanity, “depictions of violence, sex, or substance abuse” must be considered when making a determination regarding the application of the Parental Advisory Label.
Lyrics are often susceptible to varying interpretations. Words can have different meanings. Also, words cannot be viewed in isolation from the music that accompanies them. Lyrics when accompanied by loud and raucous music can be perceived differently than the same lyrics when accompanied by soft and soothing music.
Labelling is not a science; it requires sensitivity and common sense. Context, frequency and emphasis are obviously important; isolated or unintelligible references to certain material might be insufficient to warrant application of the label.
These guidelines apply to the case of a single track commercially released as well as to full albums (whether released in the form of a CD, cassette or any other configuration) and music videos.