Apple has launched a new app for classical music enthusiasts on its Apple Music platform. The app, called Apple Music Classical, is now available for iPhone users worldwide. The app was previously available for pre order on the App Store, offering over five million classical music tracks.
Release date and features
The app first started rolling out for iPhone users in Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Now, at the time of writing this article, it is available worldwide. The new music app is based on Primephonic, a classical music streaming service that was part of Apple’s 2021 acquisition. It leverages Primephonic’s playlists, audio content, search capabilities, metadata, and more.
Apple Music Classical is free with a standard Apple Music subscription on iOS 15.4 and later. The app offers thousands of composer biographies, descriptions of key works, and more. It is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Dutch.
Apple Music Classical Pricing and How to Use
This Music Classical feature is available for consumers already paying the full membership fee of $10.99. Even those who enrolled in the Student or Family plans can access classical music.
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There is no option to sign up for those not already subscribed to Apple Music. Instead, users will need to subscribe and pay for the full Apple Music service to access music classical.
To access the new classical music section, users will need to download a separate app. This app is compatible with Apple devices running iOS 15.4 and later.
This app was originally planned to launch in 2022, but it got delayed until this year. The tech giant acquired Primephonic in 2021, a move that was aimed at improving its classical music offerings. In September 2021, Apple shut down Primephonic and offered its subscribers six months of access to Apple Music for free at the time.
The launch of Apple Music Classical is part of Apple’s strategy to diversify its music offerings and attract more users to its music platform. The company has been expanding its music library and features in recent years, including the addition of lossless audio and spatial audio to Apple Music.
Is it available for Android Users?
Apple says the app is currently only available for iPhone users, with an Android version coming soon. Music Classical will be in competition with other streaming services for classical music, such as Spotify and Tidal.