Apple Music has finally launched its long-awaited classical music app, Apple Music Classical, which will be available on March 28th.
The new app is a standalone release that will specialize in classical music, offering listeners the ultimate classical experience with curated playlists, exclusive albums, composer biographies, deep-dive guides, intuitive browsing features, and much more.
Apple acquired music service Primephonic in 2021, and after some delay, the company has finally made its vision of a classical-focused app a reality. According to Apple’s press release, “Apple Music Classical makes it quick and easy to find any recording in the world’s largest classical music catalog with fully optimized search, and listeners can enjoy the highest audio quality available, and experience many classical favorites in a whole new way with immersive spatial audio.“
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Classical music has always been seen as one of the best use cases for spatial audio, and the new app will not disappoint. It will stream at up to 192 kHz/24 bit hi-res lossless, and include thousands of spatial audio recordings. The app also promises thorough and accurate classical metadata, allowing listeners to search by composer, work, conductor, or even catalog number, and find specific recordings instantly.
However, it is worth noting that there will not be a native iPad version of the app, and it will not include offline downloads at launch. Despite these limitations, the new app is sure to appeal to classical music fans and help differentiate Apple Music from its competitors, such as Spotify, which recently announced a revamped interface.
At present, Apple Music Classical will be exclusive to iOS, but an Android version is “coming soon,” according to Apple’s press release. The app will support iOS 15.4 and newer and be available worldwide where Apple Music is offered, excluding China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
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