Posted on March 13, 2023 | By Barbara Drews

Apple’s New Classical Music Streaming App Available for Preorder: Here’s What You Need to Know

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If you are a classical music enthusiast, then you are in for a treat! Apple has announced the launch of its latest addition to the music streaming world – a new classical music streaming app.

The app is now available for preorder, and it promises to bring a whole new level of experience to classical music lovers. With a vast library of classical music from around the world, this app is sure to become the go-to destination for all things classical. 

So, let’s dive in and discover everything you need to know about Apple’s new classical music streaming app.

According to Apple, the new Apple Music Classical app, based on its 2021 acquisition of Amsterdam-based streamer Primephonic, will provide Apple Music subscribers with access to:

  • More than 5 million classical music tracks
  • New releases in high-quality audio
  • Hundreds of curated playlists
  • Thousands of exclusive albums
  • Composer bios
  • Deep dives into key works

Given its inclusion in the last OS updates pushed out to developers, the service was reported to be nearing completion, but the specific time of the rollout was unknown. Nevertheless, while the app was introduced, it is now only available for presale on the App Store. It will be released later this month, on March 28. Furthermore, at launch, the app will only support iOS devices running iOS 15.4 or newer.

The company’s move to target classical music enthusiasts with a dedicated app is a distinction for its Apple Music subscription service — but it’s a far cry from the features rival Spotify introduced, which included tech-forward features like AI and video-based discovery feeds.

Instead, Apple Music Classical will offer a straightforward user experience for engaging with classical compositions. To locate recordings, users will be able to search by composer, piece, conductor, or even catalog number. These can be streamed in up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless audio quality. In addition, hundreds more recordings will be accessible in Apple’s immersive spatial audio.

Users will be able to dig into the recordings and read editorial comments on the composers as well as summaries of their significant works. Renowned composers will be able to purchase high-resolution digital portraits commissioned by Apple from artists. Color palettes and visual references from the corresponding classical period were used to create them, and more will be added in the future. Portraits of Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, and Johann Sebastian Bach will be available at the start.

The service will also be updated with new songs over time. Apple says that it has been collaborating with classical musicians and music institutions to provide unique content and recordings at launch and that this will continue in the future.

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