Google added a new feature to their search app that lets you hum a song that’s inside your head and then try to identify it using the company’s machine learning algorithm.
In the Google app or using the Google search widget, tap the microphone icon and say, “What’s this song?” or click the Find a Song button. Then start humming the melody for 10-15 seconds. When you’re done, the Google app will return results with the most likely options based on the melody.
You can then choose the best match and find information about the song and artist, view related music videos or listen to the song in your favorite music app, find the lyrics, read the analysis, and view other recordings of the song if available.
You can also whistle or sing the melody, and the app uses its machine learning models to “convert the audio into a number-based sequence that represents the melody of the song” which it then compares to existing songs.
Google says it trains the models on sources, including people singing, whistling, or humming, as well as audio recordings, ignoring things like instruments and vocal quality in order to engage with the numerical sequence. You don’t have to use a perfect pitch for it to work, and the results were impressively accurate in our tests. So, if you have a frustrating brainworm that you just can’t identify, this is the easiest way to keep you away from your misery.
The function is currently only available in English on iOS. However, Google hopes to expand it to other languages in the future.