Got a Song on the Tip of Your Tongue? Google Will Help Extract It

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How many times have you had a song on your mind, but you couldn’t remember the name, the lyrics or who sang it? Problem solved, thanks to Google. The company announced this week it is adding a “search a song” button that allows you to get the name of the song by simply singing, whistling or even humming the tune into your phone or computer.

It doesn’t really matter how horrible you are as a singer, either; they have the technology to fight through the fact that you can’t carry a tune to not only find suggestions of what the song may be, but also the name of the artist, direct links to music videos, and, if you like, the option to listen to the song on a streaming service. Google says each “song’s melody is like its fingerprint,” hence the ability to track that song down.

“When you hum a melody into Search, our machine-learning models transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody,” Google says. “The algorithms also take away all the other details, like accompanying instruments and the voice’s timbre and tone. What we’re left with is the song’s number-based sequence, or the fingerprint.”

Just make sure you have the most updated version of the Google app to take advantage of this service.

Depending on your ability to carry a tune, you may want to make sure you are alone when accessing this feature.

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