Apple Music Classical is a standalone app that provides access to the world’s largest classical music catalog with fully optimized search.
KAMPALA, UGANDA | NOW THEN DIGITAL — Apple has announced the launch of a new app called Apple Music Classical, which is a standalone app that focuses on the classical genre.
- The app will offer deeper search capabilities and the highest audio quality available (up to 24-bit/192kHz) for classical music recordings. It will be released on March 28th and will be available on all iPhones that run iOS 15.4 or later.
- While Apple Music has its own Classical section with a nice catalog of spatial audio tracks, it is not very well promoted. The Apple Music Classical app combines Primephonic’s classical user interface with Apple’s technology and will be launched on March 28th, 2023.
Introducing Apple Music Classical, the new app designed specifically for classical music. Pre-order today on the @AppStore. https://t.co/lwnF4Dx4ua pic.twitter.com/F8uMKMVm2i
— Apple Music Classical (@AppleClassical) March 9, 2023
What is the Apple Music Classical App?
Apple Music Classical is a standalone app that specializes in the classical genre and will be released on March 28th.
It will offer deeper search options, exclusive albums, composer biographies, and support for Apple’s spatial audio feature on some tracks.
The app will be available on all iPhones running iOS 15.4 or later, with an Android version coming soon.
The catalog includes over five million tracks spanning new releases to “celebrated masterpieces”, and users can stream up to 192 kHz/24 bit hi-res lossless audio quality.
In addition to the music, Apple Music Classical will also provide written content such as composer biographies, descriptions of key works, and deep-dive guides. The app has also been optimized for classical music queries with over 700 curated playlists available.
What is the difference between Apple Music and Apple Music Classical?
Apple Music is a music streaming service that offers access to over 75 million songs, including all genres of music. On the other hand, Apple Music Classical is a standalone app that focuses solely on classical music.
It offers deeper search capabilities and the highest audio quality available (up to 24-bit/192kHz) for classical music recordings.
The app was announced in August 2021 when Apple acquired Primephonic, a classical music service. Apple promised an improved classical music experience for Apple Music subscribers with a “dedicated experience” that would land “in the coming months”.
Apple Music Classical was originally promised for 2022 but was delayed until March 28, 2023. The app will allow users to search “by composer, work, conductor, or even catalog number”. It will also offer exclusive content and playlists within Apple Music.
In summary, the main difference between Apple Music and Apple Music Classical is that the latter is a standalone app dedicated solely to classical music. It provides access to the world’s largest classical music catalog with fully optimized search and exclusive content and playlists within Apple Music.
Will Apple Music Classical be a separate app or integrated into the existing Apple Music app?
Apple Music Classical will be a standalone app that specializes in classical music. The app will be available for download on March 28th, and it can be pre-ordered now. An Android version is expected to follow.
The service will be available to current Apple Music subscribers at no extra cost. It will be free for current Apple Music subscribers to use the service.
The app is not a new streaming service and does not require a separate subscription. You can download and use the app if you already have an Apple Music subscription through one of the Individual, Student, Family, or Apple One plans.
Apple Music Classical has been optimized to give users access to just the classical music portion of the Apple Music catalog. It has over 5 million tracks and works “from new releases to celebrated masterpieces”. Users can search by composer, work, conductor, or even catalog number to locate recordings.
The app also promises hundreds of playlists, biographies of composers, and ‘deep-dive guides’ for key classical works. It has even commissioned new portraits of famous composers from visual artists to sit within the app.
The app can be downloaded and used by anyone who currently subscribes to Apple Music through one of the Individual, Student, Family, or Apple One plans.
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