Apple Music has announced it will be launching a standalone app dedicated to streaming classical music called Apple Music Classical.
The app will be exclusive to Apple Music subscribers and will be included in a subscription for no additional cost. Listeners will gain ad-free access to the “world’s largest classical catalog” in high quality (up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless) and spatial audio. Listeners will also be able to search by composer, work, conductor, or catalog number to find specific recordings.
The app also promises that it’s not just for dedicated fans; newcomers to the genre can expect “hundreds of Essentials playlists, insightful composer biographies, deep-dive guides for many key works, and intuitive browsing features.”
Apple Music’s foray into the classical world has been in the works for around two years now, ever since their acquisition of the classical streaming service Primephonic back in August 2021.
The Ultimate Classical Experience
– Get unlimited access to the world’s largest classical music catalog (over 5 million tracks) with everything from new releases to celebrated masterpieces, plus thousands of exclusive albums.
– Search by composer, work, conductor, or even catalog number, and find specific recordings instantly.
– Listen in the highest audio quality (up to 192 kHz/24 bit Hi-Res Lossless) and enjoy thousands of recordings in immersive spatial audio with Dolby Atmos.
– Benefit from complete and accurate metadata to make sure you know exactly what and who you are playing.
– Learn while you listen, with thousands of composer biographies, descriptions of key works, and more.
– Listen using AirPlay on compatible wireless devices.
– Requires an Apple Music subscription (Individual, Student, Family, or Apple One). Not available with the Apple Music Voice Plan.
– Available worldwide where Apple Music is offered, excluding China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Available features and content may vary by country or region.
– Apple Music Classical is available for all iPhone models running iOS 15.4 or later.
– To listen to music on Apple Music Classical, you must have an internet connection.
The app will launch on March 28th, but can be pre-ordered in the App Store beginning today. It will be available to all iPhones running iOS 15.4 or later and is set to launch on android later.