How to control your music with Android Wear

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I’m still stuck on figuring out how to style the Moto 360 with my outfits, but I’m really enjoying the ability to control my phone from my wrist when it’s buried away in my bag—especially music, which I have a habit of shuffling through constantly.

Most of the music or podcast apps installed on your Android device are compatible with Android Wear. Here's how it works.

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Control Podkicker tracks with Android Wear's integrated playback feature.

Fire up any one of your favorite music or podcast apps on the device that’s tethered to your Android Wear watch—this could be Spotify, Digitally Imported, TuneIn Radio, you name it. Whenever you start to play a song or podcast on your phone, you can glance down at your wrist to see what you’re listening to. Tap the mini-notification card to pause and play the current track, or swipe it to the left to get Next and Previous track controls. Most apps will even display the album art on your watch.  

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Android Wear music playback is basic, but useful. 

Bear in mind that music will stop playing if you engage Android Wear’s voice control, or if you get a phone call, but will start back up when you’re done.

Some music streaming apps offer their own custom Android Wear support, so you may see more than just the simple playback options offered on your watch after you've fired up a playlist. 

Other playback alternatives

Not all music apps play nice with Android Wear just yet. If you find yourself in this situation, check out Wear Music Controller, which offers better playback controls for music and podcast apps. 

It's easy to set up. Download Wear Music Controller from the Google Play Store and then sync it up to your device with the Android Wear app. You can check to see that it’s installed by tapping on your watch device’s screen to bring up voice control option, then scroll down to “Start…” and then check to see that it’s listed along with the other installed applications.

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Wear Music Controller is an alternative for controlling playback on your Android Wear watch. 

Wear Music Controller will only work for a trial period of four days, after which it will prompt you to purchase the full license for $1.89. The app’s Play store page also features a thorough listing of which music and podcast apps are compatible so that you don’t end up paying for an app you can’t even use.

This story, "How to control your music with Android Wear " was originally published by Greenbot.

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