Google introduces ‘search buzz’ for songs you don’t remember
If you’ve ever had a song in your head but can’t remember enough lyrics to search for it, Google has a solution: hum to search.
The tech giant just unveiled a new search feature that lets users search for songs by humming a few bars, in an effort to help you identify the music.
the functionality is now part of the Google mobile app and the Google Assistant, where you can say “What’s this song?” (Add a “Hey Google” on Google Assistant first), then hum, whistle or sing for 10 to 15 seconds.
The results will include several probable songs, as well as the search engine’s estimate of the likelihood that each is the one you are looking for.
Users don’t need to have a perfect pitch for the feature to work, according to Google.
The feature was announced Thursday, along with several other new search-related features, at an online event hosted by the company.
Google says the feature will first be available in English on Apple’s iOS and in more than 20 languages on Google’s Android mobile platform.
Hum-to-search isn’t a brand new idea – SoundHound, for example, offers a hum recognition feature – although it’s new to Google.
Like many Google search offerings, the feature uses machine learning.
Essentially, the software analyzes the melody you hum (or sing or whistle), turning it into a sequence of numbers that can then be compared to tons of digitized songs to find a few that sound similar.
The company has been working for several years on the use of artificial intelligence for music recognition.
The functionality can be in high demand.
Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google who featured it at the Google streaming event on Thursday, said people ask Google “what song is playing” nearly 100 million times each month.