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Since its introduction, Google Glass has been in the unfortunate position of having relatively limited functionality. However, with a steady stream of updates and eventually the emergence of the Glassware tab in the MyGlass interface, we've known the elusive wearable was due for some more exciting things. A few weeks after announcing plans to add Play Music to Glass, Google has quietly added it to the list of apps supported on the elusive wearable. Alongside this release, the Accessories store also launched the Stereo Earbuds at the hefty price of $85.

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Music can be activated by simply calling out 'Ok, Glass, Listen to' followed by the name of an artist, playlist, album, or song. Assuming your search goes well, a 'Live Card' appears to the left of the central clock with the artist name, song name, play time, and cover art as the background. If you tap while viewing the card, you're presented with a basic list of commands: Pause, Next, Previous, Radio, Stop, and Volume.

You'll continue to hear your music in the background even while navigating through cards, and it won't interfere with the 'Ok, Glass' hotword detection when you're on the clock screen. Should you remove Glass from your head or begin a voice command, playback is automatically paused until the command is completed or you've put the headset back on.

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Unfortunately, there are a couple of sticky issues that might be a little annoying. For one, songs you've already played are placed in your timeline, but there's no way to pick new songs or playlists without going through a voice search. Unfortunately, this means you'll either have to be prepared with playlists built elsewhere or rely on the Radio command to get any sort of a queue going. The screen is also kept awake during playback, rapidly eating away at the already short battery life.

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Installation is a breeze. Just hit the Glassware section, click on Google Play Music, and flip the switch to 'On'. If you're anything like me, you might already have several devices (including duplicates) activated with Play Music. If that's the case, you'll just have to go through the Deauthorization Dance by removing a device from the list in Music Settings. It should only take a couple of minutes for installation and authorization.

To get the best out of playing music from Glass, you might consider splurging on some brand new stereo earbuds. At $85 for the custom pair, they certainly aren't cheap; but it's about the only way to get lopsided earphones that fit Glass's unique requirements. If you're in the market, you can pick some up in the accessories store.

While Play Music is only the third Google app to make an appearance as an installable after Field Trip and Google Now, it's a good choice. It's not like Glass needed another way to eat up battery life, but this is definitely a lot of fun to play with and feels like an incredibly natural feature to have. Hopefully a few iterations will work out some of the bugs and bring an expanded feature set, but this is a great start. Keep it going Team Glass!

Source: MyGlass, Glass Store

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • David Li

    Wish I had glass

    • Josh Crumley

      Got invited myself, but don't have $1,500 to burn

    • Peyo Fernández

      I have got a code do you want it?

  • Archit K

    $85 for a pair of headphone!? This draws us further away from the below $1500 price tag that everyone is craving for.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      That price, by itself, isn't even remotely unheard of for earbuds. These just aren't high enough quality to justify the price. It's entirely because they are custom with low production numbers, so the manufacturing price is high. Once Glass goes mainstream, whenever and in whatever form that happens, both it and its accessories will drop in price.

  • Joey Heck

    The screen doesn't auto turn off, but a 2 finger swipe down turns it off.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      You're in a Live Card at the top level, so even a 1-finger swipe down will work. Still, I'm not sure if it's a good pattern for a music player.

  • nxtiak

    I got the invite today along with a couple other friends>
    $1,500 Plus Tax total is $1,625.00 :(
    And I just spent almost that much last week on Black Friday week. Ugh.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    No earbuds is worth $85 at all, headphones Ican see but otherwise just no.

    • SetiroN

      Hahahahaha you're funny!

      (yeah, those specifically might not be worth that money, but that statement by itself is ridiculous)

    • TehTechGod

      LOL, stick with your Apple ear buds then. I myself would gladly pay well over $85 for a excellent pair of earbuds.

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

        Why the hell would I use earbuds in the first place, headphones are the way to go.

  • bwrz

    stupid price, even with low production numbers.

  • Versatile1

    So how is this better than using my phone? Or better yet phone and a Galaxy Gear?

  • kingdazy

    i love watching these articles. we are watching the future develop right before our eyes.
    I have no interest (yet) in investing in this device, too immature of a product, too limited of function. would I take one for free, or super cheap? sure! fun toy to play with, put through some paces, see it's limitations, but this is not ready for everyday use IMHO.

    and this is coming from a habitual early adopter. i've owned PCs since the C64. been obsessed with handheld computing since the Casio Digital Diary. Newton, Palm, iPAQ, early WindowsPhones, G1. I've been telling people, to much ridicule until recent, that handheld computing is where we are all headed since '96.

    Glass strikes me as a product limited by physics still, to the point of minimal function just enough to be a braggarts luxury item. bad battery life, obtrusive heavyweight looks, great on paper/adverts but a 3 trick pony. think brick sized original cell phones. half useless and impossible to ignore.

    give it two years, vast battery tech improvements, integrated headphones/bone conduction sound, motion sensing (think the Leap) gesture recognition, stereoscopic view/camera, i'll be all up in that puppy. (add encephalogram tech on top? we are SO close, people!)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I'm not going to make an extensive case for this, but I think you've kinda already done it for me. Glass is the big brick cell phone of it's time, but I sorta thought everybody knew that.

      When I look at Glass, I see it as a development kit and first step towards something else. Basically, it's the HTC G1 of wearables. What we see today is nothing like what it'll be in a few years, but that doesn't mean it's not worth having today. For developers, the benefits are obvious, as we get to experiment with different patterns. For early adopters and enthusiasts, it's an opportunity to shape the direction and encourage growth for various use cases. In other words, it's kinda bad-ass, but not right for most people yet.

  • Carter

    get stylish GAZERglass battery to avoid problems with short battery

  • disqus_NKsOZd2xcG

    where can i buy the google glass earbuds? I'm buying them for my bf who bought google glass last month.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      This is the link, but I don't believe you can buy anything if you don't have Glass on your account. You might have to order it through his account, which would ruin the surprise if you wanted to spring it on him.

      https://glass.google.com/getglass

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