Google Glass Expands Into Music

Google's Glass project is exploring music territory. The feature is set to add music functions over the next two weeks for the "Explorers" beta testing the devices around the world. It will enable its users to search for songs, scan through saved playlists and listen to music. This implies hands-free access to Google Play, the company's streaming service, as well as a set of earbud headphones designed for Glass. These will be available by the end of the month for $85. Sound Search, a feature introduced to Glass two months ago, functions like Shazam by identifying a song playing in the vicinity.

How will it work? When Glass boots up, it displays “listen to” among its standard voice commands and lets the wearer name a song or artist and then stream that music through Play. Users can link their Play accounts to have access to playlists and song recommendations based on what they have listened to in the past. Ed Sanders, the director of marketing for Google Glass, said in a statement:

“With these new features, we’re now building a great music experience on Glass, whether you’re a classical music professor, an acclaimed sound engineer and hip-hop producer, or someone who wants to listen to their favorite tunes anytime, anywhere.”

For now, only Google’s music services are available on Glass, but others are expected to be introduced soon. Young Guru did a promotional video (see above) for the Silicon Valley giant in order to promote Google Glass's convenience. The famed producer tested the eyewear, ordering food in Spanish, and to identify a Latin-flavored song playing overhead, tracking down a vinyl record of the song and then spinning the record in the studio.