What fun

I, of course, cannot test this as I don’t know how to use a mobile phone as anything other than, well, a phone. But others might be able to:

The days of being plagued by an annoying tune that you just can’t get out of your head may be over, thanks to Google.
The search engine has launched a Shazam for humming’ tool, allowing anyone to hum a tune into their phone to work out what song it is without knowing the lyrics.
To use the tool, open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say “what’s this song?” or click the “Search a song” button.
Hum, whistle or sing a tune for at least 10 seconds. Google’s artificial intelligence system then searches through its vast database to present you with a list of possible songs.

So, “bum bum bum badda bum bum, bum bum bum badda bum bum” gives Queen and Bowie or Vanilla Ice? “Boom, Boom, Boom bababa Boom, Boom, Boom bababa Boom” gives us that bloke from Orange Juice or not? And whistling a piece of Bach at it will get us how many pop songs?

16 thoughts on “What fun”

  1. Goodness me – this will enhance the quality of life for humankind. What would enhance it still further would be if there were some way of expunging everything google from one’s phone and one’s life more generally.

  2. What are they getting in return?

    Just a moment. Just a moment. I’ve just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It’s going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.

  3. Tried that, TMB. Bought a Windows Phone. Google free for 18 months until the barstewards stopped making them & discontinued support at the end of last year. Not saying it was a particularly good phone. Abruptly lunched a 128Gb memory card & the data I hadn’t backed up (That said, my current Motorola pulled exactly the same stunt) It also had a habit of locking up, necessitating taking the battery out to reboot.
    Apple? Not the fruit? Haven’t been near anything Apple since a piece-of-shit Mac. Computing for people scared of computers.
    There’s been talk of a Linux distro for Androids for years. What the current state of play is, couldn’t tell you.

  4. Re Shazam, my amigas here all seem to have it. And incredibly, it can differentiate one bit of reggeaton from another. How, I can’t imagine. It all sounds exactly the same. Dagos shouting with their heads in metal buckets. The entire latin world seems to favour the sort of music Brit & Yank kids grow out of in their pre-teens.

  5. I couldn’t make it work.

    I have Shazam, and it’s great if you’re out somewhere. Works really well. I particularly like that I can later playback all the stuff I really enjoyed.

    But what I really, really wanted when I was spending 1.5 to 2 hours each way in the car was a button on the (DAB) radio which would remember details of the song I was listening to, so I could look it up later. (I could do this manually with Siri if Shazam is already running, but you don’t think of these things at 0600 on a cold wet morning).

  6. “Why on earth would Google provide that service? What are they getting in return?”

    A vast live learning database for their “AI” training. For free.

  7. @Justin

    Quite a few radio stations have webpages that list what they played, at what time, today. If you know when you were travelling and the station you were listening to, there’s a chance you could find it that way.

  8. Why on earth would Google provide that service? What are they getting in return?

    Probably worth checking what “permissions” access the app has to your phone.

  9. We have a trick. I hum a snatch of song. My wife will point out that there’s no melody there but that she recognises the rhythm. She will then sing the melody. I will then recognise the song and name it.

    As for computery stuff: I once asked Alexa to play Fur Elise. She produced the most godawful recording that can ever have been made.

  10. My old moto regularly tries to update googlecrap then complains that it hasn’t got enough memory and would I please delete the only two apps I use, Amazon Music and Amazon Kindle, along with all the tunes and books I need.

    Since I don’t have data enabled on my phone and can’t use the cloud, I tell the thing to get stuffed. Of course the day will come when it decides that its apps are far more important than mine and it will ditch mine anyway.

    Happily, the lack of memory on the poor old thing means that when my hairdresser stiches me up as having been in her shop on the same day as some guy with a false positive Covid test, there won’t be room to install the track and trace app. Then again, if I have Location enabled on my phone, the thing gets very warm and the battery goes very flat, very quickly so good luck tracing me anyway.

  11. My partner does track and trace shifts. About 3/4 of her calls are not answered. Revealed preference? Who are these people who think that testing and tracing is a panacea? How many are STEM graduates? More than 75%

  12. bloke in spain,

    “There’s been talk of a Linux distro for Androids for years. What the current state of play is, couldn’t tell you.”

    That’s sorta the wrong way around, because Android is a Linux distro. If you’re running any Android phone, you’re running Linux (and if you’re using an iPhone, it’s a BSD UNIX machine).

    The version running on phones is generally Android + Google’s stuff. But you can get and build the source of Android, which is without Google’s stuff. These cheap Chinese TV media boxes and things like the Kindle Fire are based on Android, with some extra bits added. And there’s been a few versions of Android that you can run on phones, like LineageOS.

    The downside is that I don’t think anyone makes one of these phones off-the-shelf. You have to get into flashing ROMs on phones. But, it can be done. One of the best reasons for doing it is continuing support for old phones.

  13. Diogenes,

    The problem is that a lot of people just don’t want to know now. It means getting locked down, and if they feel fine, they don’t care.

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