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What is Apple Music Classical: The new streaming service explained

The new classical music service from Apple has officially launched. Here’s what you need to know about the Apple Music addition.

Back in 2021, Apple bought the classical music streaming service Primephonic with a view to bringing millions of recordings to the Apple Music ecosystem. We recently officially learned it will be a standalone streaming service called Apple Music Classical and after a short pre-order period, the app now is now fully available to download.

Apple Music Classical release date

Apple Music Classical is available as a standalone app now. You’ll find it listed on the App Store for download, rather than it being a preinstalled app like the Music app on iPhones and iPads.

Apple Music Classical App

Apple Music Classical price

So, here’s where it gets a bit complicated. Apple Music Classical, although a standalone app, will require a full Apple Music subscription whether or not you’d like to listen to other content in the library.

That costs £10.99/$10.99 a month. The Apple Music Voice Plan (£4.99/$4.99) won’t give you access to Apple Music Classical, so you’ll have to upgrade.

Apple Music Classical won’t be available for a standalone subscription, as far as we know. Although Apple could change that over time. For current subscribers though, it’s an excellent bonus.

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What will Apple Music Classical offer?

If you know your Bach from your Beethoven, Apple Music Classical will offer five million tracks with a specialised search that’s been built for classical music. There are also 700 playlists built by experts and content is arranged in a manner that’ll cater for experts and beginners.

Perhaps, with all that in mind, it’s prudent to launch in a separate app. There’ll be biographies for the composers and deep dives into their key works. There are also some “intuitive browsing features” Apple explains in the App Store listing.

Will Apple Music Classical support Lossless and Spatial Audio?

Yes! Apple says there’ll be high-resolution quality (up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless) and access to the Dolby Atmos spatial audio technology.

Apple says the latter will enable users to “hear favourites like never before in spatial audio”. It’ll almost be like being in the concert hall with Beethoven himself. Naturally, it’s also compatible with AirPlay to send the compositions to the best speakers you have in the house.

Does the app work on an iPad?

While you can download the iPhone app onto an iPhone, there’s a specific iPad version of the Apple Music Classical app yet.

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