Apple to launch new classical music streaming app2023-03-10 17:19 by Daniela
Tags: Apple Music Classical
Apple is launching a new music streaming service focused on classical music. Based on its 2021 acquisition of Amsterdam-based streamer Primephonic, the new Apple Music Classical app will offer Apple Music subscribers access to more than 5 million classical music tracks, including new releases in high-quality audio, as well as hundreds of curated playlists, thousands of exclusive albums.
The app will also let users dive into the recordings to read editorial notes about the composers and descriptions of their key works. Famous composers will have their own high-resolution digital portraits available, which Apple commissioned from artists. These were designed with color palettes and artistic references from the relevant classical period, Apple notes, and more will be added in time. At launch, portraits will be available for Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin and Johann Sebastian Bach.
The service will continue to be updated with new music over time, too. Apple notes it's been working with classical music artists and music institutions to offer exclusive content and recordings at launch and this will continue in the future. For the time being, users will be able to track news and updates about the app and music releases on the @appleclassical Twitter account.
A subscription to Apple Music will still be required for this new app, which will be available at the end of the month for iPhone models running iOS 15.4 or later. An Android version will be on the way at some point later. Existing Apple users will not pay anything additional for Apple Music Classical. The new service can be pre-ordered at Apple's app store now and will automatically download upon the March 28 launch.
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