Home

Share this Story

Google Makes Music for Glass Official, Special Glass Earbuds Coming Soon

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 10.36.55 AM

Yesterday, the story broke that if you were anxious and sideloaded the Google Play Music app onto your Glass that it actually worked. Little did we know, Google was only hours away from announcing official support for Music on Google Glass with a Glass Explorer to help tell their story. 

The Glass team took to its Google+ page to post a video featuring Los Angeles producer Young Guru and his experience using Glass. Apparently, Google has been working on integrating Music into Glass for a while and it shows through this video as well as the announcement of new Glass studio earbuds. Reportedly they will cost $85 and are designed to work with Glass as well as coming with interchangeable caps.

The official Music support is not live just yet, but the Glass team said we will not have to wait long.

YouTube Preview Image

Via: +GoogleGlass

  • taylor banasiak

    Great now my battery will last 2 hours

  • EC8CH

    Resistance is Futile

  • coolsilver

    SOLD as soon as Glass is available. :)

  • Andrew

    The sound quality of the inductive audio must not be that great if people are interested in having earbuds.

    • coolsilver

      Induction is mono and yes it isn’t great for hearing everything. Stick your fingers in your ears and talk to yourself and you will get the picture.

    • Dilan Manatunga

      From having a glass, I can say it is pretty bad. It is hard enough sometimes to hear calls or video hangouts, especially if you are in a loud place. I actually wear earbuds with the glass sometimes, since blocking out the exterior noise helps a bit for understanding stuff.

    • Luminair

      It’s very poor, and moreover those that are in your immediate vicinity can hear it.

  • HarvesterX

    So how is Google Glass stuff relevent? Meaning, does anybody here own Google Glass who doesn’t work for Google? Where does one go to see people who do own Google Glass? Can I get Google Glass? I wear glasses, so I wouldn’t look as sci fi chik as she does. She needs to,be careful. If sje tripped while running couldn’t the sand scratch her Google ,ass all up? Lol typo, but I’m not correcting that one.

    • miri

      -It’s an Android device
      -YouTube, G+
      -Eventually
      -I hear glass stays on your face well and is reasonably durable

      Too lazy to quote text, I’m sure you’re smart enough to figure out what’s responding to what.

      • HarvesterX

        Surprised anyone responded. I was joking around cause I’ve been seeing this for so long. .

        Yeay but if she trips shes landing facefirst in sand….;)

        • Adrynalyne

          It gets recorded and uploaded to YouTube?

          :D

          • HarvesterX

            Nah..i asked where do i go to see actual people using google glass (mostly joking) and i think that was the answer to that queation…hey..DL is working on stock Browser again. There are BAD cross reference errors on this site when dealing with frames. Had to troubkeshoot it and,since it happened so frequently i tested it here. Finallly figured out the deal (the ppl paid to create this site could avoid tjese issies if they used embed tags instead)…it has to do with how JavaScript handles cross referencing between frames where the sources are from different domains. Its bad scripting as what they are trying to do isnt even possible. This affects all browsers (desktop ones too) but on certain devices (in this case a device could,be oem specific android build build) and those which use the WebView class (id imagine almost all of em..but chrome seems to be least affected). I think the webview class is a grt creation and it has to do with builds using bad grt libraries..something like that..its annoying as it stalls,the,browser with a “web page is unresponsive” message

    • Luminair

      I don’t work for Google, but I have one. It does run a version of Android. If you go to tech conferences these days, you’re bound to see one. It has become the white guy technology status symbol (I’m referencing a tumblr with a name similar to that).

      Glass stays on alright when you’re walking around, but if you are running or the bridge isn’t properly adjusted, it will fall off of your face when you look down.

    • Nathan Buth

      I don’t write here but I have been a long time reader of this site. I also am part of the original batch of Explorers and don’t work for Google. ;D It is not available yet but as mentioned prior it is an Android device and so it makes sense for tech blogs centered around Android device to report on it. :)

      The creature known as a “Explorer” has been known to frequent many of the concrete jungles of California and so your best bet would be to look there. ;D

      You cannot get them yet but if you really are interested they have opened up a sign up for a waiting list for the Explorer model. Note that if it is the Explorer model then you will probably have to pay a good amount for it and it would still be a beta product.

      And lastly as mentioned in a prior comment they are both relatively durable and stay on the face reliably. You do have some problems with them durability wise but most of those don’t seem to be caused by tripping or dropping of the device. I personally have knocked my Glass off my head twice when removing a messenger bag(still getting used to carrying a bag). I am 6 feet tall and both times it fell onto the concrete once without the shades on and once with. Neither times did it take any visible damage. I cold just be lucky but that has been my experience. The only reason it got knocked off was when I was unshouldering the bag the strap caught the battery and pushed it off. XD

      Nice typo by the way. XD

  • Alan Burnstine

    I hope they add the music controls to Google Now/Voice control on Android phones. The ability to pause, skip tracks, etc. is one of the things I have been missing from my old Windows Mobile 6 devices ever since switching to Android. MS voice command couldn’t do much, but it was great at controlling music.

    Alan

    • kashtrey

      The problem with that is that it would pretty much need to be implemented like how it is on the Moto X or there would be barely any benefit. If there wasn’t always listening then you’d still have to push some button on your phone which could have easily just been play/pause/skip.

      • Alan Burnstine

        No, I could press the Bluetooth “listen for command” button on my headset, and then say which command I wanted, or numerous other ways to get the device to listen where I can press without looking. That was how it worked in MS Voice Command (Hardware headset microphone button since BT was rare and flaky), but it worked really well. Could also ask “what is this song” to have the title read, and a few other context sensitive commands I no longer remember.

        • kashtrey

          So you’re listening to music on your mono bluetooth headset? I ask because pretty much every stereo bluetooth headset has inline controls. I mean hey, why not add the feature? But, I just can’t think of when this would actually be useful except for people rocking mono headsets which aren’t ideal for music listening to begin with.

          • Alan Burnstine

            I didn’t really plan on this becoming a discussion of why this feature is useful, just stating that I think it is useful and I hope it finds its way to the broader Android eco-structure, but sure, I am game.

            Yes, I do occasionally use a mono Plantronics Marque to listen to music. When I am riding my bike to work and should keep one ear open to hear traffic and sirens. I also have a Bluetooth adapter forr my car which has one button. Sbort press starts Google Now or another registered app, long press redials last number.

            Since I have a Droid DNA (last device I will own with less than 32 gig of ram) I am stuck using Google Play Music since I don’t have the storage space for my music collection, and its user imterface is very bad to access while driving, thus my desire for better voice control of music.

            That, and it is the only thing that Windows Mobile did better, so we should have the capability for that reason alone.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    What if the earbud wires plugged in on the part of the from in the back of your ear? Then simply came over the top of your ear to put into your ear? Too much wires there for a simple task

    • zachos

      That would really make sense. It would also really make sense for them, if possible, to put a wire through the frame for the left earbud. That wire going around the back of her head looks ridiculous!

  • NorCalGuy

    I would say $85 for a ear bud could be a little much but I guess the “glasses” or frame costs $1000

  • NorCalGuy

    Can I get a ticket to the mystery barge?

  • palmercurling

    another 85 bucks for headphones?

    the battery better be AMAZING on glass.

    • Luminair

      Unfortunately, it’s garbage

      • palmercurling

        cool, more chargers for me to carry around all day with my GNex.

        Awesome.

        • Luminair

          They use the same charger

          • palmercurling

            Oh i know, doesnt change i now need to have 2 bricks and 2 cables on me though -_-

  • AbbyZFresh

    Glass haters in 3,2,1.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Wrong website.

  • markgbe

    With announcements like this, Glass has to be coming in the 1st quarter of 2014 right?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Some time in 2014, though I don’t think this announcement is any more significant that others.

      • markgbe

        yeah. just seems more advertisey, than other things.. maybe it’s just me.

        • Ryan B

          I’m callin’ it right now:
          The offshore barges are a whole bunch of small showrooms that they are manufacturing for the whole U.S. When they are ready to sell Glass they will roll out their own stores including nexus devices. Similar to Apple’s format.
          Something tells me there will be a few hiccups with it but overall awesome.

      • Guest

        Last mentioned goal for launch was May 2014 but as things usually go I would not expect them for at least a month or two later. Especially since they likely want a relatively developed app store for Glassware by then and the GDK won’t be public until probably next month. :)

        So Q2 is most likely.

        • Nathan Buth

          That is odd. Also posted my comment here… XD

    • miri

      Unlikely. They’re still expanding the explorer program, they’ve yet to ship out the next model of Glass and I’d imagine they’d want thorough testing of the hardware and software before it’s a available to the general public. I’m guessing Q2 or 3.

    • Nathan Buth

      Last mentioned goal for launch was May 2014 but as things usually go I would not expect them for at least a month or two later. Especially since they likely want a relatively developed app store for Glassware by then and the GDK won’t be public until probably next month. :)

      So Q2 is most likely. Possibly later.

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Now she looks good with Glass…. Dayummm