Google Announces The Feature We've All Been Waiting For

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10.19.20 - If you’re like me and you've had a song stuck in your head but can't remember enough lyrics to search for it, you’ve probably wondered why you can’t hum to search for a song. Well, recently Google unveiled a new search feature Thursday that lets users search for songs by humming a few bars, in an attempt to help you identify the music.

The feature is now part of Google's mobile app and Google Assistant, where you can say "what's this song?" and then hum, whistle, or sing for 10 to 15 seconds. The results will include several probable songs, along with the search engine's estimation of how likely it is that each is the one you're looking for, but don’t worry, users don't need to have a perfect pitch in order to get the feature to work, according to Google.

Hum-to-search isn't a brand-new idea — SoundHound, for instance, offers a hum-recognition feature. Like many of Google's search offerings, the feature uses machine learning: Essentially, software analyzes the tune you hum (or sing or whistle), turning it into a sequence of digits that can then be compared with tons of digitized songs to find a few that appear similar. The company has been working on using artificial intelligence for music recognition for a number of years.

Source: Yahoo News