Apple Music Classical arrives on March 28 | Engadget

Apple said it was building a standalone app for classical music when it bought, and subsequently shut down, streaming service Primephonic. That was in 2021, and until now, we didn’t know when the new software would be available. The company announced today that Apple Music Classical will be available on March 28 as part of an existing Apple Music subscription. Individual, Student, Family or Apple One plan users will have access, but Apple Music Voice plan customers will not be able to use the new app.

At launch, Apple Music Classical will be available on all iPhones running iOS 15.4 or later. Apple says an Android version of the app is “coming soon.” The catalog includes more than five million tracks ranging from new releases to “celebrated masterpieces.” Apple says it will be able to stream up to 192 kHz/24-bit high-res lossless audio quality and “thousands” of recordings are available in spatial audio. The company also explains that a portion of its classic library is “thousands” of exclusive albums.

In addition to music, you can expect to search for written content like composer biographies, descriptions of key works, and “deep dive guides.” Apple also says that it rebuilt the app’s search function specifically for classical music queries and the app will offer more than 700 curated playlists. In general, the app has much of the same design as the main Apple Music software, although one key change is that the company has swapped out the modern sans serif font for a serif one for the main titles and section headings. The navigation bar has only four buttons in Apple Music Classical: Listen Now, Browse, Library, and Search, since the Radio shortcut has been removed. Lastly, the musical note on the app icon has been replaced with a treble clef.

Apple is allowing eager listeners to “pre-order” the app starting today on the App Store. Once you do, Apple Music Classical will automatically download on release day as long as you’ve selected Automatic Update in iOS settings.

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