Have you ever had a song stuck in your head but had no idea what it was? You may not even know any of the lyrics, which makes it difficult to search. This has happened to me more times than I care to think about. But those days are gone because now you can hum songs to Google Search. And it gives you results.
The new feature is available on both iOS and Android in the Google app or with Google Assistant. Using it couldn̵7;t be easier, either – press the microphone and then search for a song. Hum, sing or whistle what is in your head. Search then uses machine learning to do its best to find a matching track.
Although it seems like a pretty simple thing, it is actually quite fascinating to use. Google says it can dissect sound by “transforming [it] into a number-based sequence that represents the song’s melody ”- this means that it should work even if you can not carry a song in a bucket (thanks for that phrase, mom).
In Google’s blog post, it explains that a saw’s melody is “like its fingerprints” in that each one is unique. If you can buzz something that sounds distant like the one in your head, the pitch does not have to be exact at all because the variations and changes are still unique to that particular song. Well, for most songs anyway.
So yes, the next time you get an earworm and have no idea what it is, you have a solution. I, for one, and grateful.