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Apr 12, 2001

Apple's long-awaited dedicated classical music app today appeared on the App Store and is available for pre-order ahead of its launch at the end of March.


In 2021, Apple announced that it had purchased the classical music streaming service Primephonic and would be folding it into Apple Music via a new app dedicated to the genre. "Apple Music Classical" is now on the App Store and expected to be released on March 28, 2023. Users can pre-order the app now so that it downloads as soon as it is available. It is included for free as part of an Apple Music or Apple One subscription.

Speaking to TechCrunch, Apple said that the new Apple Music Classical app offers Apple Music subscribers access to over five million classical music tracks, including new high-quality releases, in addition to hundreds of curated playlists, thousands of exclusive albums, and other features like composer bios and deep dives on key works.

The app offers a simpler interface for interacting with classical music specifically. Unlike the existing Apple Music app, Apple Music Classical allows users to search by composer, work, conductor, catalog number, and more. Users can get more detailed information from editorial notes and descriptions.


Apple commissioned high-resolution digital portraits of famous composers like Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, and Johann Sebastian Bach for the app, using color palettes and artistic references from the relevant classical period, with more unique artwork to be added over time. Apple says that it has been working with classical music artists and institutions to offer exclusive content and recordings.

Apple Music Classical will only support iOS devices running iOS 15.4 or newer at launch. A version of the app for Android is also set to arrive "soon." Users can track news and updates about the Apple Music Classical on the new @appleclassical Twitter account.

Article Link: Apple Music Classical Now Available for Pre-Order on the App Store, Launches Later This Month
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 17, 2004
New York City, aka Big Apple
The way Apple treats classical albums is ridiculous and I don't expect it to be better than Idagio or comparable dedicated streaming apps. Apple Music sorting in "Composer" view lets Beethoven show up under "L" as it sorts by the first name. I often get in my library the booklet as a separate album from the actual album. Or it provides tracks but than puts part of the tracks into another "album". Need to see reports first before considering this.


macrumors 6502a
Mar 22, 2019
Why does this need to be a separate app? It's all just music... 🤷‍♂️
Searching for classical pieces is way different than for modern music, with composers being much more important, more artists per piece (with solists) and other numbering compared to albums. Plus it also has it's own coding system with certain codes meaning certain pieces of music. Cluttering the normal music app to get all that in a coherent system is not really feasible.

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macrumors 68040
May 30, 2016
Why does this need to be a separate app? It's all just music... 🤷‍♂️
Most genres of music are simple, you’re just listening to a song by an artist.
if you’re listening to “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, you’re just simply listening to “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.
with classical music its a lot different.
Who composed it? Who arranged it? Who produced it? Who performed it? where was it performed?
tagging is different, the way things are arranged is different, its not just traditional singles, EPs and LPs.


macrumors 6502
Sep 25, 2005
I have to ask: Why do you need an Apple Music sub for this? This is just classical music, music that is free since classical music is public domain. So why should you need a subscription just to listen to public domain music you can get for free from

Someone still has to develop the app and service to provide the content. There may be other places (as you mentioned) to listen for free.
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