Google has added a new feature to its Search app that allows you to hum a song stuck in your head and then use the company’s machine learning algorithm to try to identify it.
In the Google app or using the Google Search widget, tap the microphone icon and say “what is this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Then start humming the song for 10-15 seconds. When done, the Google app returns results showing the most likely options based on the song.
Then you can choose the best match and explore information about the song and the artist, watch any accompanying music videos or listen to the song in your favorite music app, find the lyrics, read analyzes and check other recordings of the song when it is available.
You can also whistle or sing the melody, and the app uses its machine learning models to “transform the sound into a number-based sequence that represents the song’s melody,” which it then compares to existing songs.
Google says it trains models on sources, including people singing, whistling or humming, as well as audio recordings, ignoring things like instruments and voice quality to zone in on the numerical order. You do not have to use perfect pitch for it to work, and the results were impressively accurate in our tests, so if you have a frustrating brain norm that you just can not identify, this is the easiest way to put yourself out of your misery.
The feature is currently only available in English on iOS, but Google says it hopes to expand it to more languages in the future.