Apple has announced a new standalone app designed specifically for classical music. Apple Music Classical says it makes it quick and easy to find any recording in the world’s largest catalog of classical music with streamlined search. Originally available for iPhones, it will eventually be released for Android devices as well.
Apple promises listeners will “enjoy the highest audio quality available and experience many classic favorites in a whole new way with immersive surround sound.”
Apple Music Classical includes hundreds of curated playlists, thousands of exclusive albums, insightful composer biographies, in-depth guides to many key works, and intuitive search capabilities.
Apple Music Classical will launch later this month, and Apple Music subscribers can download and use the Apple Music Classical app as part of their existing subscription at no additional cost.
You can pre-order today on the App Store HERE. Once the pre-order is complete, Apple Music Classical will automatically download on launch to provide instant listening for users who have enabled auto-update in their settings.
Apple has provided the following information about Apple Music Classical offerings:
The world’s largest catalog of classical music, with over 5 million titles and works from new releases to acclaimed masterpieces. Thousands of exclusive albums. The ability to search by composer, work, conductor or even catalog number and find specific recordings instantly. Highest audio quality (up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless) with thousands of recordings in immersive spatial sound. Complete and accurate metadata to ensure you know exactly what work and artist is playing. Thousands of editorial notes including composer biographies, descriptions of important works and more.
Apple works closely with some of the world’s most prolific classical musicians and renowned classical music institutions to bring new, unique and exclusive content and recordings to Apple Music Classical listeners at launch and beyond. Follow Apple Music Classical on Twitter @appleclassical for news and updates.
Apple Music Classical listeners can also enjoy brand new exclusive works of art, including a series of unique, high-resolution digital portraits for many of the world’s greatest composers – with more to come. Each image has been specially commissioned from a diverse group of artists, combining historical research with color palettes and artistic references from the relevant classical period. The results demonstrate an astounding attention to detail, bringing listeners face-to-face with leading figures of classical music like never before.
Download composer portraits for Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and Johann Sebastian Bach HERE
Apple Music Classical is expected to launch on March 28th and is available for pre-order now. Requires an Apple Music subscription (individual, student, family or Apple One). Not available with the Apple Music Voice Plan. Available worldwide where Apple Music is offered, excluding China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, which regions will follow. Apple Music Classical is available for all iPhone models running iOS 15.4 or later. Apple Music Classical for Android is coming soon. To listen to music on Apple Music Classical, you need an internet connection.