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Primephonic launches hi-res classical-music streaming service

The latest company to launch a streaming service for classical music is Primephonic, building on the growth of its existing downloads store.

Primephonic’s streaming service launches today in the UK and US, with a catalogue of more than 100k tracks, and licensing deals with Warner Classics and Sony Classical that will swell that total in the coming months.

Classical labels Naxos, Harmonia Mundi, Chandos, Bis, and 2L also have music on the service, which will stream CD-quality audio – 16-bit FLAC files to be specific.

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Apple TV app Classical Music Reimagined reaches 110k downloads

Apple TV app Classical Music Reimagined has been downloaded more than 110k times since its launch at the end of October 2015, according to its developer Touchpress.

The app serves up free performances of works by composers including Beethoven, Liszt, Vivaldi and Richter through the television, with accompanying visualisations and scores.

Now Touchpress is mulling its options for making money through in-app purchases and advertising, as well as seeking more music through partnerships with classical labels.

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Lang Lang teams up with Tido for classical music app

Pianist Lang Lang has been app-savvy for some time now: for a while he made a splash at his concerts by encoring with Smule’s Magic Piano app running on an iPad.

Now he’s launching his own app in partnership with startup Tido and Faber Music. It’s called Mastering the Piano with Lang Lang and is available for iPad, just in time for the launch of Apple’s larger iPad Pro tablet.

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Google Play bags exclusives from London Philharmonic Orchestra

Classical music remains one of the more challenging genres for the mainstream music-streaming services – not least because the metadata around its live performances.

Even so, there’s an audience out there keen to stream classical, and the services are trying to cater to it. Google Play Music, for example, has three exclusive recordings by the London Philharmonic Orchestra this week, as part of the Classical Live initiative.