Got a song stuck in your head? Try Google’s new ‘hum to search’ feature


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Ever had a song stuck in your head that you were desperate to know the name of, and/or the artist? Well, Google has finally designed a feature to help you “shazam” those tunes from your brain.

The new feature called ‘hum to search’ was launched last week and is the perfect tool for when a song is stuck in your head but you don’t know any of the words, title or artist.

According to Google’s blog, The Keyword, the “hum to search” feature will be available on both the Google app for iOS and Android and is currently available in 20 languages.

How Google’s ‘hum to search’ technology works

You don’t have to be a talented vocalist to use Google’s hum to search feature. All you need to do is hum, whistle, or sing the tune for 10-15 seconds. Google’s technology then takes the song’s melody and turns it into a number-based sequence. The sequence is then used to “identify songs based on a variety of sources, including humans singing, whistling or humming, as well as studio recordings,” according to Google’s announcement.

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Once the results are ready, the user can pick the song they think best matches their submission. Also included in the results are music videos, song analyses, and even any available covers for the song, as well as a link to listen to it on major streaming services.

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