Hum to Google to Identify Songs

Ever have a song you can’t remember the name of, nor any of its words? Now Google has a new feature where you can simply hum the melody and it can hopefully name that tune.

The idea of identifying songs through singing, humming or whistling instead of lyrics is not a new idea—the music app SoundHound has possessed hum-to-search for at least a decade. Google’s new feature should help the search engine with the many requests it receives to identify music. Aparna Chennapragada, a Google vice president who introduced the new feature during a streamed event Oct. 15, said people ask Google “what song is playing” nearly 100 million times each month.

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