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The YouTube Music app will allow you to search by listening on your Android phone

The YouTube Music app will allow you to search by listening on your Android phone

The YouTube Music app for Android is rolling out a feature that’s part Shazam and part friend-friendly when you say, “Hey, what’s that song going…” right before you sing at a bar. This feature allows you to hum, whistle, sing, or play a recording of a song to find out what it is.

If you have the new feature, you’ll see a new waveform icon next to the microphone icon that appears when you tap the search button in the top right corner of the app. Tap this, and the app will start listening. It’s not too shabby either! When I tested, it was able to recognize actual recordings super fast, making it a great alternative to Shazam.

As for listening to Hum, it accurately picked out most of the songs I sang, whistled, and hummed on my phone, but there were a few funny mistakes:

To be fair, some Tom Waits songs do make good Halloween music.
Screenshot: YouTube Music

“This was supposed to be”dead“, written by They Might Be Giants.

Eh, I’ll take it.
Screenshot: YouTube Music

I was yellowBats from hell“By Meat Loaf here. At least Finnish throwback metal band Reckless Love is at least on the field, sort of?”

I can’t fault it too much for mistakes. I would pitch her songs that I thought most people wouldn’t pick from a few seconds of buzzing. Overall, it works fast, perhaps faster than the same feature Google Assistant has had for years. Search buzz has reportedly been spotted in YouTube Music for iOS in recent months as well, though it doesn’t appear to have spread widely there yet.

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