Google’s new feature in its search app lets you hum a melody into your phone and it’ll attempt to recognise the song. Hum to Search is offered through the basic Google app for both iOS and Android, and it works with humming, whistling or just any noise you can think of. Obviously, the more accurate the noise, the more accurate the result.
The results appear in order of confidence with a percentage score from 0 to 100%, depending on what Google thinks is the correct answer based on its own AI and machine learning.
We all deserve a little bit of good news in this strange new era of self-isolation.
Yes, just as most of us are planning to ramp up our Netflix viewing considerably, a new app for Google chrome will allow people to watch content on the world's leading streaming entertainment service with friends.
In the developers' own words, the aptly-named Netflix Party is an extension for "watching Netflix remotely with friends, e.g., for movie nights with that long-distance special someone."
Sonos are suing Google for allegedly stealing the tech from their smart speakers. Sonos claim Google copied a patent from their speaker range, while undercutting them in the market. Google gained access to Sonos's multi-room speaker partnership through a 2013 partnership between the two companies, that was designed to allow Sonos speakers to support Google Play Music. Google allegedly used the technology in its now-discontinued Chromecast Audio device, and later in its Google Home smart speakers and in its Pixel range.
Spotify, Google, Amazon and Pandora have launched an appeal to overturn increase in songwriter royalties.
The four industry leaders in music streaming have filed a 92-page appeal with the District of Colombia's Court of Appeals, which outlines their aim to limit artist earnings from streaming.
The US Copyright Board (CRB) ruled last month there should be an increase in music royalties for songwriters and publishers - Spotify, Amazon, Google and Pandora have all appealed against this decision.
The tech giants are looking to stop the proposed increase in songwriter royalties from on-demand streaming from 10.5 percent to 15.1 percent in the US over a five-year period, a 44% increase. Each filed their own appeal, with Apple Music the only streaming service not to contest it.
Avicii and Swedish House Mafia have topped Google's searches lists for 2018.
While Avicii was the second most searched term of the year overall - and was the most searched individual relating to loss - Swedish House Mafia were announced as the top trending electronic music artist of 2018.
Go here to explore Google's Year in Search 2018.
Swedish House Mafia recently confirmed four festival shows for 2019.
Google have announced a new touchscreen hardware synth that uses NSynth technology to combine a range of sounds into something entirely new. First previewed by Google last year, NSynth uses machine learning to ‘interpret’ samples and combine them into something entirely new, rather than just combining waveforms.
Google, Youtube's parent company, has conducted research into Youtube's impact on the music industry and not unsurprisingly it believes it benefits the music industry massively.
The music industry believes that Youtube is having a negative impact on their business because Youtube pays out a fraction of what other streaming services pay out to rights holders and artists.
This had led to a lot of labels and rights holders to voice their concern over Youtube's minuscule payments in recent months.
Google is rumoured to be interested in buying SoundCloud, a new article from Music Business Worldwide claims.
Sources report the tech giant could purchase the streaming platform for around $500 million, a significant reduction since Spotify pulled out of negotiations last year due to a $1 billion pricetag.