Android Apple Music Beta Code Refers to Unreleased 'Apple Classical' App

Apple's latest Apple Music beta app for Android may have revealed the name of the company's forthcoming app dedicated to classical music, suggesting a release might not be too far away.

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Last year, Apple announced the purchase of classical music streaming service Primephonic, which features search and browse functionality specially optimized for classical music.

Apple said that the best elements of Primephonic would become a part of ‌‌Apple Music‌, providing subscribers with an improved classical music experience.

The company also said it would also launch a new ‌Apple Music‌ app in 2022 dedicated to classical music, combining Primephonic's user interface and specializations for classical music with ‌‌Apple Music‌‌ and features such as Lossless and Spatial Audio.

The name of the forthcoming dedicated app was not mentioned at the time. However, lines of code discovered by 9to5Google in the ‌Apple Music‌ beta on Android suggest it could be called "Apple Classical," with the code string referring to the ability to open a compatible track directly in the optimized service.

Apple recently advertised a job for a UX Designer to work on the new standalone music app. According to the job description, the candidate would be expected to "provide UX expertise and new perspectives specifically for Primephonic" in order to help realize a distinct experience for classical music that would include "visual, audial, and haptic" aspects.

While the job listing suggested that the Primephonic brand will persist in some form as part of Apple's classical offering, it could well exist as a sub-section of the service under an umbrella name, and "Apple Classical" would seem to fit the bill.

Earlier this week, Apple made another music-related financial move by acquiring AI Music, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to generate personalized soundtracks and adaptive music.

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kiranmk2 Avatar
30 months ago

Dumb. I am sure old people are very capable and would find a category called „Classical Music“ in the existing AM app themselves
Classical music is far more complicated than artist - track name. You also get important fields such as orchestra, composer, conductor, soloist, movement etc. When I ripped my mum's classic CD library. naming and tagging it was a nightmare!

I really hope this is an add-on for Apple Music in the same way that lossless and Atmos was rather than a separate subscription.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
longdogs Avatar
30 months ago
Can’t come soon enough. With the current Apple Music app it’s often impossible to even see what a track title is, let alone any details about it. For example, on the album of Elgar’s Enigma Variations all the titles are cut off on the iPhone, making it impossible to tell which track is which.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
genovelle Avatar
30 months ago

Dumb. I am sure old people are very capable and would find a category called „Classical Music“ in the existing AM app themselves
Well, more than old people listen to and perform classical music. There is already a category in the current AM app and those users have been complaining since the beginning because they search for and consume music using a different focal point. There are elements they want to search for that are not tracked in popular music and not well represented in the interfaces of any of the major player. They tried to shoehorn it in, but the results were lackluster.

A separate app is the best way to give them what they need without having two completely Different design languages in different parts of the same app.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orbital~debris Avatar
30 months ago

Dumb. I am sure old people are very capable and would find a category called „Classical Music“ in the existing AM app themselves
People thinking/inferring only old people listen to classical music.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marbles1 Avatar
30 months ago
A service that brings value and opens up this kind of music would be great. Being able to filter by Period, Composer, Orchestra etc. As well as some educational content to contextualise the works would be good.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kalzem Avatar
30 months ago
Can't wait to have this new service!

I just hope it won't require a new premium sub.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)