Apple Music Classical, a separate app that specialized in the genre, will be available on March 28th. The iPhone-maker had previously planned to create the standalone app by the end of the year after purchasing music service Primephonic in 2021. Although the company failed to achieve this goal, finally Apple Music Classical is coming soon.
“Apple Music Classical makes it quick and easy to find any recording in the world’s largest classical music catalog with fully optimized search, and listeners can enjoy the highest audio quality available, and experience many classical favorites in a whole new way with immersive spatial audio,” Apple said in a press release.
Rather than being included into iOS, it will be available as a standalone download through the App Store. Users with a standard Apple Music subscription will be able to access the classical music app. The app is currently available for pre-order on the App Store.
Apple Music Classical will be available for iOS devices running iOS 15.4 or later at launch. There will be no native iPad version of the app, and Apple has confirmed to the Verge that offline downloading would not be available at launch.
To locate recordings, users will be able to search by composer, piece, conductor, or even catalog number. These can be streamed in up to 192 kHz/24-bit Hi-Res Lossless audio quality. In addition, hundreds more recordings will be accessible in Apple’s immersive spatial audio.