apple music classical

Earlier this month Apple said that its long-awaited Apple Music Classical app would be launching on 28 March. Lo, today is 28 March and the new app is already live in the company’s App Store.

It’s free to download, but requires an Apple Music subscription to work. Apple says that the app has a catalogue of more than 5m classical music tracks, which can be searched by composer, work, conductor or catalogue number.

The quality level goes up to 192 kHz / 24-bit hi-res lossless, with thousands of tracks also available in spatial audio versions. As we noted in our story earlier in the month, one downside is that there is no offline access or downloads / cacheing option at launch.

Still, the debut has been eagerly awaited by the classical music sector, which has traditionally been served poorly by mainstream streaming services.

The new app is available in almost all countries where Apple Music operates, apart from China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan and Turkey.

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Stuart Dredge

Music Ally's Head of Insight

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