Apple Announces Apple Music Classical, Now Available on the App Store

Apple has announced the release of Apple Music Classical, which is now available to download in the App Store. Apple originally planned to launch a classical music app in 2022, but the app was not announced until this year.

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"We love music — that's really what we're all about — and classical music is foundational to music of all genres," said Oliver Schusser, Apple's vice president of Apple Music and Beats. "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. We believe this is the very best classical music streaming experience available anywhere, and for us, this is just the beginning."

The new ‌Apple Music‌ Classical app offers ‌Apple Music‌ and Apple One subscribers access to over five million classical music tracks, including new high-quality releases, in addition to thousands of exclusive albums, and other features like composer bios and deep dives on key works.

Over 700 playlists are available to guide listeners through 800 years of music, with more to be added, according to Apple. Beginners can start with The Story of Classical audio guides, which blend expert commentary and selected works to introduce key composers, periods, instruments, and classical terminology.

Meanwhile for devotees, there's the chance to go behind the scenes of selected recordings as leading classical artists offer track-by-track audio commentary. Every week, Apple Music Classical's hand-picked Hidden Gems will also highlight a selection of lesser-known works, while Composer Undiscovered playlists promise to bring a new perspective to famous names.

The app offers a simpler interface for interacting with classical music specifically. Unlike the existing ‌Apple Music‌ app, ‌Apple Music‌ Classical allows users to search by composer, work, conductor, catalog number, and more. Users can get more detailed information from editorial notes and descriptions.

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Apple Music Classical also features lossless audio of up to 24 bit/192 kHz throughout the service so listeners can experience the nuances of every performance, while a Spatial Audio catalog adds new albums every week as legendary recordings are remastered and contemporary performances are captured in Spatial Audio.

Additionally, Apple Music has partnered with classical institutions including the Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Vienna Philharmonic — to bring Apple Music Classical listeners new and exclusive content and recordings.

Apple Music Classical will also host several live performances featuring some of these partners at Apple Store locations around the world as part of the Today at Apple programming beginning in March 2023. Users can sign up to Today at Apple events via Apple's website.

Apple Music‌ Classical is based on Primephonic, a classical music streaming service that Apple acquired in 2021. Apple Music‌ Classical will only support iOS devices running iOS 15.4 or newer, and an Android version of the app is coming soon, according to Apple. Apple made the app available for pre-order earlier this month.

The app is currently available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Dutch. Note that the app is not available in China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey.

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SkydiveGuy Avatar
16 months ago

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wenepyru Avatar
16 months ago

Opened it and the very first thing that that played after a random succession of button clicks (to test the app) was 'Haydn on Synthesizers project'. That is not classical.
How are you not familiar with that one? It’s a classic.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jon3543 Avatar
16 months ago

How are you not familiar with that one? It’s a classic.
Go to Mozart under Composers. There you'll find the first item under Latest Albums is "Classical Music for Dogs". They didn't name him "Woofgang" for nothing, you know.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
roncron Avatar
16 months ago
Forgive me if someone already figured this out and posted it, but just in case:

It's valuable to know that anything you save to the Classical Music app's library is automatically added to your library in the regular Music app.

This allows you to do two things that aren't obvious: CarPlay and offline listening.

Some of you have noted that the Classical Music app doesn't have a CarPlay app. But if you want to listen to music you've saved your Classical Music app library in the car, just open the Music app in CarPlay and go to your library and you'll find the albums or tracks from your Classical Music app right there (mixed in with all the music in your Apple Music app library).

Regarding offline listening - the Classical Music app itself does not appear to allow you to save music from its own library to your device. When you're offline, every screen of the Classical Music app says "You're Offline. Turn off airplane mode or connect to Wi-Fi."

But you can save the music in your Classical Music app library to your iPhone for offline listening. Just open the regular Apple Music app and go to the library. Everything in your Classical Music app library will appear in your regular Apple Music app library. From there, you can download the music to your device. Later, when you're offline, open the regular Apple Music app and go to the downloaded items in your library.

It's important to remember that many/most of the tracks and albums in the Classical Music app are in higher than CD quality resolution. Streaming them over cellular will use a lot of data, an important consideration for those of us that aren't on an unlimited data plan. So if you want to enjoy your Classical Music in your car, consider downloading them in the regular Apple Music app for offline listening.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iJeffmac Avatar
16 months ago
First impressions are it has some very well curated playlists and I'm impressed with what I have come across so far. I'm going to enjoy this a lot and look forward to rediscovering some classics and different productions.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Smartass Avatar
16 months ago
I think this is a very good idea, classical music really deserves its own special app. You cant just cram 300 years of history under one category in spotify..
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)