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Google Glass to have music feature

AFP, NEW YORK CITY

Google’s new Internet-connected eyewear will have music too.

The company on Tuesday said music would be available on Google Glass by allowing wearers to use Google’s online music services to listen to songs and identify music. Specially designed earbuds will deliver high-quality audio from the eyewear.

“Music is coming to Glass in several cool ways,” a Google spokeswoman said in an e-mail. “Sound search can identify that song you’re hearing, but don’t know the name of. All you have to say is ‘OK Glass … what song is this?’ and it’ll name the tune for you.”

“We’ll also be adding a new voice command to Glass... that lets you access your tunes from Google Play Music or All Access,” she added.

The new earbuds are “engineered specifically for Glass to provide high quality sound,” the statement said.

Google has not announced a public release date for Google Glass, but speculation centers around early next year.

Facebook, Twitter and major news organizations have already tailored applications for Glass, which has only been made available to developers and a limited selection of “explorers” who paid US$1,500 each for the eyewear.

Envisioned uses range from practical tasks such as shopping or delivering local weather reports to sharing real time video streams or playing augmented reality games in which the world is the board.

Glass lets wearers take pictures, record video, send messages or perform other tasks with touch controls or by speaking commands.

Glass connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video can be shared through the Google+ social network.

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