YouTube launched an Android experiment that recognises songs by humming, which seems to be a big improvement over Shazam.
According to YouTube’s help website, the Android app is testing a search-by-song feature that lets users identify a song on YouTube by humming, singing, or recording it.
The project allows users to switch from YouTube voice search to song search and hum, sing, or record a song for three seconds. The programme then finds the song and links to official music videos, user-generated content, or Shorts.
A limited percentage of Android users can search by song. Since YouTube is a major song search engine, the feature could benefit many if it spreads.
Some YouTube users may recognise its latest experiment. YouTube parent company Google first allowed users to identify songs by humming, whistling, or singing into the microphone icon on the Google app, Google Search widget, and Google Assistant in 2020. Google needs visitors to hum for 10-15 seconds to identify the music, which appears to be the key difference.
As Google stated, this function uses machine learning to match a person’s hum to a song’s “fingerprint” or unique melody.
SoundHound and MusixMatch can also identify songs by singing or humming them, but they are less popular than YouTube and Google. However, we recommend checking them out.