KEY POINTS

  • Google launched a new feature that will make the search for song titles easier than ever
  • The feature only requires users to hum or sing the tune of the song they want to find
  • This feature is designed to help users deal with earworms

Google has launched a new feature that will help users look for the title, lyrics or the videos of any song – even if they don't know the artist, title or any of the song's lyrics.

Google recently announced that it is launching a new feature that will let people search for songs on the internet simply by humming, whistling or singing a melody. The feature is designed to help anyone with an earworm find the title of a song that's been playing in their minds for a while but can't seem to remember what it is called.

“We’ve all had that experience of having a tune stuck in our head, but can’t quite remember the lyrics. Now, when those moments arise, you just have to hum to search, and our AI models can match the melody to the right song,” Google announced during its Search On livestream.

In a blog entry, Google said the feature is easy to use and will help users find the title of a song in no time. Here's how users can utilize the new feature:

  • First, users should make sure that they have the latest version of the Google app on their mobile devices.
  • Second, users should open the Google app or look for the Google Search widget. Once there, users should tap on the microphone icon and say “what's this song?” or tap or click on the “Search a song” button. Alternatively, users can simply invoke the Google Assistant and say, “Hey Google, what's this song?”
  • Third, quickly after that, users should hum the tune of the song they want to find. Humming should last for about 10 to 15 seconds.

Google said a specially designed algorithm will then work to identify potential matches after the user hums the tune. It will then display the most likely options based on the tune hummed. Google said the feature will work even if users do not have the perfect pitch, so everyone won't have to worry about that.

Users can select the best match from the options presented to explore related information about the song and the artist behind it and view related music videos, if any.

The feature will also allow users to listen to the songs on their favorite music app. Google didn't specify which app will work with the feature, but it would be safe to assume that it will at least work with YouTube Music.

Google said the feature is currently available in English for iOS users and in more than 20 languages for Android. More languages will be added to the feature in the future.

Google Assistant Google Assistant is now able to recognize songs and provide users with the title and artist. Photo: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach