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Deezer launches humming feature to identify earworms in your head

Users can also whistle and sing parts of a song for recognition in Deezer's SongCatcher app


Deezer has launched an in-app feature that allows users to hum, sing or whistle parts of a song in order to identify earworms stuck in their heads. The SongCatcher tool allows you to then save music that's playing, without leaving the app.

The streaming company's SongCatcher track identification feature originally launched in 2018 and is the only in-app track recognition feature on a music streaming platform that includes humming and whistling, according to Deezer

“Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to have a song stuck in their heads, and we’re very proud to be the first music streaming service in the world to give our users the opportunity to identify a track by just humming, singing or whistling it directly in the app,” said Alexandra Leloup, VP Core Product, Deezer. “As we keep improving the algorithm, the feature will become faster and even more accurate when it comes to recognizing songs across our 90 million track library.”

Watch a demo video of SongCatcher below.

Back in July, Spotify acquired Heardle, the Wordle-inspired viral online music game which sees players tasked with guessing a song in six attempts based on its opening notes. Heardle is available to users in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with plans to keep "the look and feel of the game" the same, as well as keeping it free to play for everyone. Players will also be able to listen to the full song on Spotify at the end of the game. 

Earlier this year, it was also reported that Spotify had been testing an NFT gallery for artist profiles in the US. The music streaming giant has been trialling the feature on artist profile pages on a selection of Android devices in the US. Steve Aoki is among the artists who have signed up to display and sell their NFT wares. This feature is in addition to the merchandise and tour info that is now often incorporated into many artists' profiles.