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Apple (finally) announces Apple Music Classical app

After over a year of speculation, Apple Music announced Thursday that it would launch its promised Apple Music Classical App on March 28th.

Apple Music subscribers can use the dedicated app at no additional cost.

Designed specifically for classical music, Apple Music Classical claims to offer the world’s largest classical music catalog and comes with optimized search and the “highest audio,” including some in spatial audio. 

Apple Music Classical launches with:

  • “the world’s largest classical music catalog” with over 5 million tracks
  • thousands of exclusive albums.
  • the ability to search by composer, work, conductor, or catalog number, and find specific recordings instantly
  • the highest audio quality (up to 192 kHz/24 bit Hi-Res Lossless) with thousands of recordings in spatial audio.
  • complete and accurate metadata to make sure you know exactly what work and which artist is playing
  • thousands of editorial notes including composer biographies, descriptions of key works, and more.


  • Apple Music Classical will launch on March 28th and is available for pre-order now. 
  • Requires an Apple Music subscription (Individual, Student, Family or Apple One). Not available with the Apple Music Voice Plan.
  • Available worldwide where Apple Music is offered with the exception of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan with those regions to follow. 
  • Apple Music Classical is available for all iPhone models running iOS 15.4 or later. 
  • Apple Music Classical for Android is coming soon. 
  • To listen to music on Apple Music Classical, you must have an internet connection.

Bruce Houghton is the Founder and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank, a Senior Advisor at Bandsintown, President of the Skyline Artists Agency, and a professor for the Berklee College Of Music.

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