Service Lets You Hum-to-Search for That Song When You Can’t Remember the Lyrics or Name of the Song

You Can Now Hum-to-Search for That Song When You Can't Remember the Lyrics

There is this song that is stuck in your head, you can remember the tune, even whistle or hum it, but cannot recall the lyrics or name. No need to fret. Google has you covered, as there is now a feature known as Hum-to-Search, designed to resolve such crises It is available on Android and iOS as well as in Google Assistant.

When announcing the new feature, Google’s product manager, Krishna Kumar, said, “We all know how frustrating it is when you can’t remember the name of a song or any of the words but the tune is stuck in your head.” “Google can now help you figure it out – no lyrics, artist name or perfect pitch required.”


Though new for Google, the technology that identifies songs through whistling, singing, or humming rather than lyrics has been around for more than a decade in the music app SoundHound.

To access the Hum-to-Search feature on iOS and Android, open the latest version of the Google app, tap the mic icon, and say ‘what’s this song?’ Alternatively, you can use the Google Search widget and follow the same procedure.

You can also use the feature on Google Assistant by saying ‘Hey Google, what’s this song?’ followed by humming the tune. The Google algorithm will identify potential song matches and serve them up to you. You then get to choose the best match and explore whether it is the right song, or whether the lyrics, artist, and or video match.

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According to Kumar, a song, just like a fingerprint, has a unique identity, so when a user hums, whistles or sings for about 15 seconds into the search feature, Google’s machine learning algorithm changes the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody.

The sequence then identifies the song based on a variety of sources such as humming, studio recordings, and humans singing. In addition, the sequence eliminates outside noises including accompanying instruments.

If you do not have a perfect voice, there is no need to worry as this is not a singing competition. The results you will get will depend on the tune. Once the app returns the results which, include music videos, available covers for the song, and song analyses, you pick the song that seems to match the query you submitted. You also receive a link to enable you to listen to the song on the mainstreaming services.

 

The Hum-To-Search feature is available in 20 languages but Google is hoping to add more languages going forward.

Cool, right? So, no more pulling out your hair trying to remember lyrics, just hum.

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