Apple Music Classical app steps onto the conductor’s podium


Apple Music Classical
You can start listening to the Apple Music Classical app today.
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The long-awaited Apple Music Classical application is now live in the App Store. It gives subscribers access to the world’s largest classical music catalog, and is designed to help users find specific recordings of great works almost instantly.

“Apple Music Classical is a dedicated app that is great for classical experts as well as anyone who is new to classical, with the largest classical music selection in the world, the very best search and browse capabilities, the most premium sound experience with Spatial Audio, and thousands of exclusive recordings,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple VP of Apple Music and Beats. “We believe this is the very best classical music streaming experience available anywhere, and for us, this is just the beginning.”

Get ready for Bach, Beethoven and Brahms

Apple acquired classical music service Primephonic in 2021. Mostly what it wanted out of the deal was a huge catalog of recordings. However, the Primephonic app proved popular enough that the iPhone-maker committed to making its own version, carrying over the best features. That’s what arrived in the App Store late Monday night.

Users can search by composer, work type, work name, conductor, catalog number, instrument, period and even nickname. This specialized search capability primarily caused Apple to make a dedicated app for classical music. But the newly released software also includes playlists, composer biographies and guides for many key works specific to this genre.

The new app has access to over 5 million tracks. It lets users “enjoy the highest audio quality available (up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless) and hear classical favorites like never before in spatial audio,” Apple said.

Apple Music Classical is available now

Head to the App Store to download the Apple Music Classical application. The software is free but does require a subscription to Apple Music, which costs $10.99 per month for individuals. No additional subscription is required, though.

It’s an iPhone app that is also usable on iPad. It requires iOS 15.4 or later. And a version for Android is coming soon.

The software is available almost everywhere Apple Music is offered, but not China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan or Türkiye.


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