With modern cars, such as the iKia, coming with iPhone docks integrating the iPhone into the car's music and navigation systems, drivers with kids are faced with a stark reality: either select all of the songs that are 'safe' for kids to listen to and put them in their own play-list, not play music in the car, or accept that occasionally, their kids will hear profanity in the music.
"A lot of modern music has swear words in," said App World! editor, Mac Buck. "I don't have any kids, but I'd imagine that having them singing along to Lily Allen, P!nk or My Chemical Romance is going to cause friction in the car."
With play-lists taking an age to construct, and not having music in the car a complete non-starter, AppIT, a British App company from Milton Keynes has finally come up with the solution: Censor Sensor.
"At it's heart," said Buck, "is a pretty good music player, with all the standard facilities aficionados have come to expect. Shuffle, album art, easy downloads, remote control, all easily accessible. The buttons are bright and clear and intuitive."
Where Censor Sensor differs from other music players is that it listens to the next bit of the song before you do.
"If you turn on the censor function," said Buck, "it will insert 'bleep' into the song when it detects a profanity."
According to Buck, the applelet works pretty well, and no profanity gets through.
"I think they've erred on the side of caution," he said. "Whilst no profanity gets through, when I played a James Blunt song through the app, it bleeped the entire album. Either it doesn't understand his accent, or the app has taste."