Posts Tagged ‘Music’
‘Ok Glass, listen to Atari Teenage Riot’…
Google’s augmented reality specs, Google Glass, are getting a new set of features focused on audio. The new functionality gives Glass users the ability to ask Glass to pull up a track from Google Play Music or All Access and play it by telling it to ‘listen to’… plus the name of the band.
“Your favorite songs from Google Play Music, including millions of tracks from All Access, are coming soon to Glass,” notes Google on its Glass website.
As well as adding audio control commands, Glass users can also query what song is playing around them by asking ‘Ok Glass, what song is this?’ – and using Google’s Sound Search feature to hunt for the answer.
“With these new features, we’re now building a great music experience on Glass, whether you’re a classical music professor, an acclaimed sound engineer and hip-hop producer, or someone who wants to listen to their favorite tunes anytime, anywhere,” said Google’s director of Glass marketing, Ed Sanders, in a statement.
Google has gradually been building out the functionality of Glass, even though the user-pool remains strictly limited to its U.S.-based Explorers program.
As well as the new ‘listen to’ feature, Glass’ standard voice commands include the likes of ‘take a picture’ and ‘send a message’. Other Glass features include the ability to record video, view directions, translate something you’ve said, and view Google Now notifications such as when your flight is departing and whether it’s on time.
Adding audio controls is a pretty fundamental feature for any mobile device but one that’s likely to be used a lot – adding a key string to the Glass bow. Getting people talking to Glass to control such a mainstream habit as music listening may also be one way Google is hoping to normalise the experience of speaking to a pair of specs.
Or it might be when Mountain View (eventually) opens up Glass to the mainstream. In the meantime Glass users remain an exclusive club, comprised of fashionistas, curious minds, early adopters and Robert Scoble.
Google has got one of its Explorers, DJ Young Guru, to flaunt Glass’ new audio smarts on video (below).
The new Glass audio features were reported earlier by The New York Times.
Bing has introduced a new search experience for music videos designed to highlight popular tracks and let you preview songs directly from the results page. In addition to YouTube, Bing searches Vimeo, MTV, and Artist Direct, and organizes the videos it finds in a full-screen grid. The result is a search experience that appears slightly denser with information than results pages offered by Google or YouTube. It’s annoying, then, that you can’t get there directly from Bing.com — you have to click the videos tab on Bing or on individual search results pages. Microsoft says its video search covers 1.7 million songs, 70,000 artists, and half a million albums.
YouTube became the biggest free music service on the planet while doing little…
Microsoft may have dropped a whole lot of news on us today, but that doesn’t mean Sony hasn’t got a few surprises up its sleeve. With just a week until the PlayStation 4 hits stores in North America, the company has revealed a trio of surprises for PlayStation 4 buyers when they receive their units …
Microsoft is moving to a free ad-supported streaming model for Xbox Music on the company’s upcoming Xbox One console. Albert Penello, Microsoft’s head of product planning for Xbox One, confirmed the change in a Twitter message earlier this week. It appears that Xbox One owners won’t need to subscribe to the Xbox Music service to stream music, but Penello says users “will get periodic ads.” While the streaming is free, Xbox One owners will still require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access the music app.
Existing versions of Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 and the web allow users to stream ad-supported music, but the current Xbox 360 version is restricted to subscribers. The change places the Xbox One version inline with…
MTV Artists iPhone app wants to help you discover new music, provide a deeper connection with musicians
The number of media discovery apps keeps getting bigger by the day, and the latest to join the frenzy is MTV. Simply dubbed MTV Artists, the newly announced iPhone application is loaded with a vast amount of music-focused features, including detailed artists pages and the ability to search for …
The rumor mill’s been churning out tales of a forthcoming YouTube music streaming service for months now, and today Billboard published a new story with a startling amount of detail about it. According to unnamed sources, YouTube’s working on an on-demand music service with both free and paid tiers. …
We were so pleased for legacy UK music store HMV, when it turned up with a new iOS app last week. It seems Apple was a little bit over-excited too, having apparently mashed the approve button without really realizing what it was doing. HMV was selling music downloads via the new app, a massive …
YouTube has announced the shortlisted artists and videos for its first annual Music Awards, with the voting process starting today. Based on views and ‘fan engagement’, the usual internet suspects are all here, including Miley, Lady Gaga, Girls Generation and PSY (still). At the same time, the users …
Twitter is reportedly planning to kill off its #Music service, just six months after launching it, according to AllThingsD. The #Music mobile app was an iOS hit when it first launched, but download levels are now “abysmal,” according to AllThingsD’s sources. Although Twitter has continued to add …
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Twitter #Music may not be much longer for this world. All Things D‘s Mike Isaac reports that multiple sources say the company is “strongly considering” shutting down the music discovery service, which has seen little public interest. Those sources didn’t reveal how long #Music could last, but the report says that the service’s fate “is nearly sealed.”
The service first went live in April after a number of rumors that sparked a noticeable amount of hype. Activity on the site spiked in the early days, but since then the service has been largely forgotten. The sources tell All Things D that since launch downloads and engagement has been “abysmal.” #Music is based around using data the social network has on you — like who you follow —…