Baby got Bach: Apple Music Classical app is out now

Apple Music Classical app
Source: Apple

Coinciding with the release of iOS 16.4, Apple has launched a new standalone app called Apple Music Classical, designed exclusively for classical music lovers. The new app provides a seamless and optimised search experience, letting you easily find any recording in the world’s largest classical music catalogue. You can also enjoy the highest audio quality available, with thousands of recordings in immersive spatial audio.

Included in the app are various features, including hundreds of curated playlists, thousands of exclusive albums, insightful composer biographies, deep-dive guides for many key works, and intuitive browsing features. Apple Music Classical aims to be the ultimate classical experience for music aficionados worldwide.

Available to Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost, the new app gives you access to the world’s largest classical music catalogue, featuring over 5 million tracks and works ranging from new releases to celebrated masterpieces. The app also provides the highest audio quality, up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless, and thousands of recordings in immersive spatial audio.

Because of the unique naming structure of many classical works, the comprehensive metadata included in the app helps you know exactly what work and which artist is playing. Additionally, the app will feature thousands of editorial notes, including composer biographies and descriptions of key works, providing a comprehensive learning experience for those interested in classical music.

Apple has partnered with some of the most prolific classical music artists and institutions worldwide to offer new and unique content and recordings exclusive to Apple Music Classical listeners.

Brand-new exclusive artwork features throughout the classical music service, including a series of unique, high-resolution digital portraits of many of the world’s greatest composers. Each image blends historical research with colour palettes and artistic references from the relevant classical period, offering astonishing attention to detail and bringing listeners face-to-face with leading classical figures like never before.

Apple Music Classical will be available worldwide, except for China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, with those regions to follow. It is available for all iPhone models running iOS 15.4 or later and will soon be available for Android.

What’s included with Apple Music Classical?

  • The world’s largest classical music catalogue with over five million tracks featuring both new releases and celebrated masterpieces.
  • Thousands of exclusive albums that are only available on the Apple Music Classical app.
  • An advanced search feature that allows users to search by composer, work, conductor, or even catalogue number to find specific recordings instantly.
  • The app offers the highest audio quality with up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless and thousands of recordings in immersive spatial audio.
  • Complete and accurate metadata to ensure that users know exactly what work and which artist is playing.
  • The app also includes thousands of editorial notes, including composer biographies, descriptions of key works, and more.
  • New, unique, and exclusive content and recordings at launch and beyond.

When can you get it?

Out now, here’s what you need to know to access the classical music app

  • Requires an Apple Music subscription (Individual, Student, Family or Apple One). Not available with the Apple Music Voice Plan.
  • Available worldwide where Apple Music is offered with the exception of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan with those regions to follow. 
  • Available for all iPhone models running iOS 15.4 or later. 
  • Apple Music Classical for Android is coming soon.
  • Requires an internet connection.

You can check out some of the frequently asked questions via Apple’s website, and download the app from the App Store.

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