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Apple launches standalone Apple Music Classical app for fans of classical music (Now live!)

By Kenny Yeo - on 29 Mar 2023, 10:32am

Apple launches standalone Apple Music Classical app for fans of classical music (Now live!)

Note: This article was first published on 10 March 2023 and was republished on 29 March 2023 with some updates and because the service is now live.

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Apple has just announced Apple Music Classical, a standalone app designed specifically for fans of classical music.

Apple says:

Apple Music Classical makes it quick and easy to find any recording in the world’s largest classical music catalogue with fully optimised search, and listeners can enjoy the highest audio quality available, and experience many classical favourites in a whole new way with immersive spatial audio. 

According to Apple, Apple Music Classical will boast over 5 million classical music tracks with thousands of exclusive albums.

Classical music fans will be able to enjoy these tracks in Hi-Res Lossless (up to 24-bit/192kHz). Furthermore, thousands of these tracks will be available in spatial audio.

Apple Music Classical also stands out from the regular Apple Music app with its ability to search by composer, work, conductor, and even catalogue number. This way, listeners will be able to find specific recordings instantly. 

Apple also promises complete and accurate metadata so you'll always know exactly what you are listening to.

Apple Music Classical will be available later this month on 28 March and you can pre-order it now so that it downloads automatically as soon as it is available.

It currently only supports iOS devices running iOS 15.4 or newer, and Apple says an Android version will come "soon."

Apple Music Classical is now live for iOS devices running iOS 15.4 or newer. An Android version will come soon.

There won't be a native iPad or Mac version of the app at launch. Also, Apple Music Classical will not support offline downloads at launch.

The app is free as part of an Apple Music or Apple One subscription.

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