Apple has introduced a new app that can definitely be considered an alternative to the Spotify streaming service. It is aimed at lovers of very specific music. It’s free on iPhone for Apple Music subscribers.
Apple Music Classical introduced
It took longer than expected, but now Apple has its new music app officially launched. Apple Music Classical is available for pre-order now through the App Store, with an actual release scheduled for March 28, 2023. The app is based on Primephonic, a classical music streaming service that Apple acquired in 2021.
Apple Music Classical will only feature classical music. Apple speaks of over five million titles, hundreds of curated playlists and thousands of exclusive albums. It is said to be the world’s largest catalog of classical music (source: Apple).
Apple Music Classical on the App Store:
The music should with up to 192 kHz and 24 bit lossless can be streamed. Spatial audio (spatial hearing) will be possible with some, but not all recordings, according to Apple. Users can search for composers, works, conductors or catalog numbers.
Initially, the app will not allow any downloads so that you can also listen to music offline. Apple has also confirmed that the app will only be offered on iOS on the iPhone. One A variant for iPads is apparently not planned. The situation is different with Android, where a version is to appear “soon”.
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Apple Music Classical subscription only
Apple Music Classical will be part of an existing Apple Music or Apple One subscriptions free offered. Customers of the cheaper Apple Music Voice tariff, however, look into the tube. Apple Music is available in Germany for EUR 10.99 per month, students pay EUR 5.99 per month.