Title text: I'm so bad at carrying a tune, those 'find a song by humming its melody' websites throw an HTTP 406 error as soon as I start to hum.
Services like MusicBrainz and SoundHound can detect a recorded song's acoustic fingerprint and match it with an existing song. This lets them identify the title and artist of an unnamed recorded musical extract. In this comic, Megan hacks the acoustic fingerprint database to add her own entry with a message to Cueball, in which she asks him to buy cat food.
HTTP error code 406 means Not Acceptable. When a client requests data from a server, the client lists the data formats that it can accept. If a server is unable to provide data in any format that the client accepts, the server returns error 406 Not Acceptable. For example, this can occur if a client requests XML but the server supports only JSON. In the comic, the standard meaning of the error message is ignored and the text "Not Acceptable" is taken literally: The server is offended by the author's humming.
- [Megan is humming a tune.]
- Cueball: Hey.
- Cueball: What's that?
- [Megan is still humming the same tune.]
- Cueball: What are you humming?
- Cueball: Should I know the tune?
- Cueball: ...Hmm...
- [Cueball gets out his phone and opens up a music recognition program.]
- Phone: Identify song
- Phone: Recorded
- Phone: > Live [beta]
- Phone: Identifying...
- [A zoom in on the phone screen. An album cover with a picture of Megan on it.]
- Positive match:
- Check it out!
- By I hacked the audio fingerprint database
- Feat. MEEEEEE
- Track: We're out of cat food (pick some up?)
- 1199: Silence further explores song identification.