Try searching for Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major” on Spotify or Apple Music and you’ll come up with a big fat mess. While modern music is usually organized by artist or album, classical music works in different terms. That’s why Apple Music is launching a dedicated app for the classic genre.
The Apple Musical Classical app is powered by Primephonic, a service Apple acquired in 2021. Before the acquisition, Primephonic was one of our favorite classical music platforms, offering advanced search capabilities with detailed metadata and some great playlists. These features remain in Apple Music Classical, although the app obviously looks more Apple-like (and oddly features custom portraits of well-known composers).
This app also provides a lot of editorial information for compositions, performers, composers and so on. And like the basic Apple Music app, Apple Music supports Classical Hi-Res Lossless Streaming and Spatial Audio.
However, Apple Music Classical doesn’t appear to have a “radio” feature, so users may have to rely on playlists. The App Store description also notes that Apple Music Classical requires an internet connection, which doesn’t raise hopes for offline streaming. And there’s no word on iPad support, although Android support is coming soon.
For reference, we knew Apple would release a classic app after acquiring Primephonic. But we didn’t know it would take so long. After Apple Music Classical didn’t launch in 2022, I assumed Apple had abandoned the idea – luckily I was wrong.
You can pre-order the Apple Music Classical app today. It launches on March 28th and will be available to all Apple Music subscribers. Note that this app requires iOS 15.4 or later version (if your phone is newer than iPhone 6S, you’re good).
Source: Apple via Gizmodo
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