Though it’s still several months away from actually hitting the consumer market, Google announced that the Google Glass headset computer – which at the moment is only in the hands of testers Google calls “Explorers” – will get both music-geared software (Google Play All Access, plus Sound Search) and hardware (a pair of stereo earbuds, the first accessory for Glass) in the coming weeks.
Accordingly, subscribers to Google’s music streaming service will be able to call up artist discographies and craft new playlists via voice controls. Sound Search operates like Shazam and will identify songs in the environment. The earbuds were engineered at Google Labs (and to this listener, in a testing session, sounded pretty fantastic).
“From a consumer perspective, music is such a key part of people’s lives, from commuting to partying to being in the moment to just kicking back and chilling out. We know that our consumers and our explorers love music,” says Ed Sanders, the Director of Marketing for Google Glass. “The same way that people want their music in their pocket on whatever device they’re using at the moment, we recognize they want to have the music experience on Glass. I think it’ll be a key part of the experience and something we’re intrigued to see where it goes.”
Sanders and the rest of the Glass team says they hope that the featured add-ons offer a jumping off point for more music-related integration for the technology. “There’s a professor at Cornell using it to teach people to conduct, Young Guru is using it to sample songs and build tracks, and Nicky Romero used it at Tomorrow World to do a hands-free set,” Sanders said. “Different people have different things they love, and Glass will be an interesting platform to build more of what they love into their daily lives. Music is just one component.”
Check out video of hip-hop producer and Jay Z touring DJ Young Guru playing around with Google Glass below: