Google-owned music and video streaming service YouTube has announced plans to roll out new platform improvements. One of them is YouTube Song Search Feature. Users may now identify songs on YouTube by humming, singing, or recording them. This new experimental tool is available for Android smartphones.
YouTube is presently testing a music search tool in its Android app, according to the platform’s help website. By humming, singing, or recording audio, users can utilize this innovative feature to find songs on YouTube.
YouTube Song Search Feature
The change from the ordinary YouTube voice search to the song search capability is seamless for those with access to this trial. The platform can recognize a song’s melody when the user hums, sings, or records it for at least three seconds. It then directs the user to appropriate YouTube videos that contain the desired music. These videos could be user-generated content, official music videos, or short films.
Currently, only a small percentage of Android users can access the song search tool. Given the popularity of YouTube as a source for finding new music, it might prove to be useful if it’s implemented more extensively.
Google’s Hum to Recognition
A similar feature like YouTube’s most recent experiment was rolled out by Google in 2020. Users could recognize songs by whistling, humming, or singing into the microphone icon in the Google app, Google Search widget, and Google Assistant when this capability was first introduced by Google. The key distinction is that Google’s capability requires humming for a longer period of time—typically 10 to 15 seconds—in order to recognize the song.
As previously stated by Google, the function matches a person’s hum with a song’s distinctive “fingerprint” or trademark melody using machine learning models.
Changes to Youtube Music App
Prior to now, YouTube updated YouTube Music in order to prioritize user preferences and improve the user experience. A recent update that features a small revamp of the YouTube Music app micro player has been released as part of this endeavor.
A small update to the YouTube Music app has changed how users may browse the app to skip tracks and cast music to Chromecast-enabled devices, according to a report from 9to5Google.
YouTube plans to support podcasters with RSS uploads
The addition of support for Really Simple Syndication (RSS) uploads for podcasters, scheduled to be deployed by the end of this year, is one of the major changes. The goal of this new tool is to improve the YouTube podcasting experience. It is currently under beta testing as part of an invite-only pilot program.
A file called an RSS feed is accessible online. It contains details on all the content produced on a website, including podcasts. It is just a file that provides all the information you need to know about your podcast.
Additionally, the company has made it clear that it plans to add podcast capability to YouTube Music by the end of the year. This change will make it easier for customers to listen to podcasts on YouTube’s music streaming service. YouTube’s original launch of this feature on iOS, Android, and the web was only available in the US. Now, the company’s plans to expand to other regions are eagerly awaited.
Users may now incorporate RSS feeds, including private feeds, into their YouTube Music libraries, which is a significant improvement to the user experience. YouTube Music now complements stand-alone podcasting services like Apple Podcasts and Overcast. In terms of allowing private RSS feeds, it places YouTube Music ahead of Spotify.
Alongside these developments, the platform is also developing cutting-edge capabilities. One such addition to Android allows users to search for music by humming or recording the tune. The addition of RSS uploads and increased podcast support is a calculated move to accommodate YouTube users’ varied content tastes.