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Apple today unveiled Apple Music Classical on the App Store. Here are 15 things you need to know about the new app:

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  • Apple Music Classical is based on Primephonic, a classical music streaming service that Apple acquired in 2021. The new app leverages Primephonic's playlists and audio content, search capabilities, metadata, and more.
  • Apple Music Classical works in tandem with the existing Apple Music app, providing dedicated features to engage with classical music on the Apple Music platform more directly, but with many of the same features like support for Spatial Audio.
  • As its name suggests, the app singularly contains classical music, offering over five million tracks, hundreds of curated playlists, and thousands of exclusive albums.
  • Apple says that it has been working with classical music artists and institutions to offer exclusive content and recordings in Apple Music Classical, including Hi-Res Lossless and Spatial Audio tracks.
  • The app's design is based on Apple Music, but with a simplified UI that heavily uses Apple's New York font instead of SF Pro.
  • There is no Radio tab in the Apple Music Classical app, and it is not yet clear if it will support classical Radio Stations from Apple Music.
  • The app features a more capable search experience, allowing users to search by composer, work, conductor, catalog number, and more.
  • The Now Playing screen has an all-white or all-black background, unlike Apple Music, which generates a background from the currently playing track's album artwork.
  • The Now Playing screen features an info button instead of lyrics, providing detailed written descriptions of songs.
  • The app features rich composer bios, editorial notes, and detailed information about key works.
  • Apple has commissioned unique artwork of famous artists for Apple Music Classical using color palettes and artistic references from the relevant classical period. The first portraits include Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, and Johann Sebastian Bach, with more to come in the future.
  • There is no version of Apple Music Classical for iPadOS, making it an iPhone-only app.
  • An Android version of Apple Music Classical is in the works and set to arrive "soon," according to Apple.
  • Apple has launched a new Twitter account for Apple Music Classical, @appleclassical, to track news and updates about the app.
  • Apple Music Classical is included for free as part of an existing Apple Music or Apple One subscription, but it is not included in the $4.99-per-month Apple Music Voice plan.

Apple Music‌ Classical is now available for pre-order on the App Store and due to be released on March 28, 2023.

Article Link: Apple Music Classical: 15 Things You Need to Know About the New App
 
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chriscl

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I am looking forward to this, but I really, really, would like an iPadOS version (I cannot understand why there isn‘t one?) and a version for TvOS because I often like to stream music from my AppleTV.

Let us hope that the initial release for iPhone only is then later extended!
 

visualseed

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I am looking forward to this, but I really, really, would like an iPadOS version (I cannot understand why there isn‘t one?) and a version for TvOS because I often like to stream music from my AppleTV.

Let us hope that the initial release for iPhone only is then later extended!
The weirdest thing is that it was the Appstore on my iPad that recommended I get notified of its release and I didn't even notice that it was an iPhone only app.
 

Vlad Soare

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As a classical music lover, and one who's extremely picky when it comes to the actual performance, I'm very excited to hear this.
I wonder how (and if) this will integrate with our existing music libraries. Can I use this app to search for a particular recording of a particular work, and then, once I find it, can I add it to my existing music library? Or will it use its own separate library and we'll have to switch from one app to the other when we want to listen to different genres?
 
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apple fan23

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So the only thing I never use for music (my iPhone) is the only platform it's available on?
Same here. My MacBook runs my wired open backs very well and am not set up for iPhone or iPad streaming whatsoever.... Fingers crossed for a Mac-app..... I bet a huge part of classical music lovers listen via their Macs, use dacs and amps, wired headphones etc.... perhaps not always the iPhone-on-the-go crowd.....
 

CopyChief

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I am looking forward to this, but I really, really, would like an iPadOS version (I cannot understand why there isn‘t one?) and a version for TvOS because I often like to stream music from my AppleTV.

Let us hope that the initial release for iPhone only is then later extended!
Yes. Perhaps even more than an iPad version (for me), an AppleTV version is absolutely critical. I don't want to have to AirPlay to use it.

Will classical music still live in the Apple Music app, albeit without the special features? I'm guessing yes, but, well, Apple can certainly keep you guessing sometimes.
 

Realityck

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There is no version of Apple Music Classical for iPadOS, making it an iPhone-only app.
Wonder how they will eventually expand this to iPadOS, tvOS and MacOS? Obviously IPadOS would have a much more detailed/more information interface because of screen resolution. MacOS might be just an expanded Apple Music App or end up being two applications. A lot have their tvOS driving home audio system.
 
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newton4000

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I listen to a lot of classical every night to wind down; so of course my Apple Music Replay lists are dominated by Mozart and such (with Metal inbetween ha ha).
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A separate app will probably(?) stop that from happening.
guessing you will need to build new lists. you prob won't be able to mix and match though from this app if you like to do that.
 

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I occasionally enjoy listening to classical with attention, as in listening while not doing anything else.

But I might also use this app as background music. Lofi is nice, but sometimes there is too much thumping bass for me.
 
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