Apple is launching a new classical music app. Apple Music Classical will be available on Apple's App Store on March 28, 2023. It can already be pre-ordered there. If you want to download the app, you have to be an Apple Music subscriber. However, it is free within the service.
Initially, Apple Music Classical is only available for iPhone models with iOS 15.4 or later. The app will also be available for Android soon. There is no exact date yet.
Apple promises the "world's largest catalog of classical music" in a press release. There are said to be more than five million recordings there - including "thousands of exclusive albums". According to Apple, there are also hundreds of curated playlists. According to their own statements, the creators of the app work together "with the most important classical artists and the most renowned institutions for classical music in the world".
Apple advertises not only with the mass of works of classical music. The tech giant also praises the sound quality. The audio quality should be high-resolution and lossless, the values are therefore up to 192 kHz sampling rate and a resolution of 24 bits.
Individual works are also available in immersive 3D. According to Apple, the number of these recordings is also in the thousands.
Searching for tracks in Apple Music Classical is specifically tailored to the needs of classical music fans. In contrast to other genres, the listeners here rely heavily on special recordings, on orchestras, conductors or soloists. To ensure a good search, Apple promises "complete and accurate metadata" for each work.
In addition, there are editorial notes on the artists, such as biographies or descriptions of important works. As a visual stimulus, exclusive portraits of classical composers were created via iMac.
Apple took over the Primephonic streaming service in 2021, which also specialized in classical music. A classic offshoot of Apple Music was therefore to be expected.