The app is a product of Apple’s acquisition of the classical music streaming service Primephonic. There is already a dedicated Primephonic app for Android users, which means this launch could translate to Apple’s move to replace it with its own brand. However, while the Apple Music Classical app is now available for iPhones, there are still no dedicated versions for iPad and Mac devices.
As said, Android users running Android 9 (‘Pie’) or later who wish to use the app need to have their own Apple Music subscription (Individual, Student, Family, or Apple One). Apple stressed, however, that it doesn’t work with its Music Voice Plan. Moreover, the company said it is still unavailable in China, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Taiwan.
The app contains a vast classical music catalog with over 5 million tracks, ranging from new to classic pieces. What makes it different from other music apps is its optimized features for classical pieces for easier discovery. For instance, users can search by composer, work, conductor, or catalog number. The app also offers composer biographies and descriptions of key works. Lastly, Apple promises that the tracks can deliver up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless audio quality and even offer immersive spatial audio via Dolby Atmos.