Music Hops on to Glass; Google Glass Expands Features to Music

November 14, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We have told you lots about Google’s awesomely positioned wearable device . The company tried best to make Google Glass, its latest innovation, a fashion accessory. Now it is all set to introduce this wearable technology as a device to interact with music.

Google has unveiled a set of features in the Glass that costs $1500. The new features include searching for songs, scanning through saved playlists and high fidelity in music.

All this can be done even as a user is wearing the lens-less frames of Google Glass, which responds to vocal commands and is equipped with a small computer as well as a transparent projection screen on the right eye.

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When the Glass starts, it will display “listen to” in its standard voice commands, after which it lets the user to name a song or artist and stream that music through Play, which is Google’s media and apps hub.

Users also have the option to link their accounts, which means that they can access playlists and get song recommendations.

Google has also introduced a set of ear bud headphones exclusively designed for the Glass. Priced at $85, these will be available only by the end of the month. Google had already introduced Sound Search, a feature similar to Shazam and SoundHound.

Ed Sanders, the director of marketing for Google Glass, says that with all features Google is now building a great music experience on Glass . This would be of excellent quality that will appease all according to Sanders.

Google Glass  is being placed as the answer to everyone’s musical tastes, no matter if you are a classical music professor, an acclaimed sound engineer or a hip-hop producer, or someone who wants to listen to their favorite tunes anytime, anywhere.

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The new features allow expanding the practical uses of Glass, which was announced last year and released to users this spring.

The device has already been the subject of wide debates ranging from whether it will invade the market successfully  to the issue of invasion of privacy.

Apart from making the Glass to be sought after in the market, the features would also help publicize Google’s other public offerings like Google’s streaming music apps, Google Play Music All Access, its Spotify-like subscription service, which has not caught up with users yet. At present, a high-end technology device with a connection to music has the potential to be a hot product in the market.

As of now, only Google’s music services are available on Glass. However, the music industry expects that Beats Music, a subscription service from the makers of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones will be introduced in it soon.

Google’s pitch for Glass was that, its voice commands and easily visible display will enable users to get away with staring down at their smart phones all the time. Young Guru, a celebrity record producer and D.J. agrees wholeheartedly with this assessment .

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A promotional video (posted below) for Glass shows Young Guru using the eyewear and ordering food in Spanish, identifying a Latin-flavored song playing overhead, tracking down a vinyl record of the song and spinning his record in the studio.

Guru opines that it is an immense timesaver, and a great tool to make the world much cooler, and to realize some of the dreams we had as kids.

He says, for all those who grew up watching ‘Star Trek’ this could be sort of the beginning of the “holodeck.”

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