Apple has unveiled a standalone app called Apple Music Classical, which will feature over five million classic tracks, and will be available to Apple Music subscribers starting March 28.
The upcoming Apple Music spinoff app is available for pre-order for Apple Music subscribers — individual, student, family or Apple One — at no extra cost. It isn’t available with the Apple Music Voice plan. The app will include a classical music catalogue from across the world, with specialised search (that even allows search via catalogue numbers) and high-quality audio.
The app has been in the works for well over a year and Apple was touted to release a classical music-focused app last year after their 2021 acquisition of Primephonic, a music service that specialised in streaming the classical genre.
People will be able to stream music at up to 192 kHz/24-bit hi-res lossless. The app will also include numerous spatial audio recordings. Apple also says that the app will include metadata that’ll help people search by composer, work, conductor and catalogue numbers.
“Apple Music Classical makes it quick and easy to find any recording in the world’s largest classical music catalogue with fully optimized search, and listeners can enjoy the highest audio quality available, and experience many classical favourites in a whole new way with immersive spatial audio. It offers hundreds of curated playlists, thousands of exclusive albums, insightful composer biographies, deep-dive guides for many key works, intuitive browsing features, and much more,” Apple said announcing the standalone classical Music app.
Apple Music Classical app works on devices running iOS 15.4 or newer but is currently not compatible with iPad. There will also be no offline download option at the time of launch. It will be available in all countries where Apple Music is offered, except China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The app is also expected to come to Android and other platforms in the future, much like its counterpart Apple Music.