Like many classical musicians, I’ve spent way too much of my life trying to find the correct piece of classical music on apple music. I love to make a playlist for each of my symphony concerts so I can listen to the music by simply asking Siri to start my playlist. Unfortunately I am usually unable to create a complete playlist on apple music and have to remember to go to youtube and find the piece. Worse is when Apple music decides to play movements of a large symphony out of order, or includes other works from the same composer or performer.
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It’s been a struggle but someone at Apple had this classical music condundrum on their to-do list, and later this month it’s hopefully coming to fruition! Apple has just announced that they’re introducing “Apple Music Classical” which will be a new app designed specifically for classical music. You’ll need an internet connection and In addition, the app will only support iOS devices running iOS 15.4 or newer at launch. Android users can expect a version “coming soon.”
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The app launches later this month and will be free for Apple Music subscribers. You can check it out here:
Apple said it will include over five million unique tracks and thousands of exclusive albums when it launches. Many classical pieces have had many versions and interpretations but Apple says the standalone app will include “complete and accurate metadata” and the ability to “search by composer, work, conductor, or even catalog number,” according to their press release.
Apple music classical will also allow users to read the program notes which makes me think of how much I enjoyed reading the liner notes from a new cassette tape or CD. Famous composers will have their own high-resolution digital portraits available, which Apple commissioned from artists that designed them with color palettes and artistic references from the relevant classical period, and more will eventually be added. Portraits will include those of Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Apple Music Classical continue to be updated with new music over time, too. Apple notes it’s been working with classical music artists and music institutions to offer exclusive content and recordings.
Apple Music Classical will launch on March 28 and will start with five million unique tracks! I’m personally really excited about this app and already have it pre-ordered. What would you want to see in an app like this? Tell me in the comments.
For all the latest, you can find news and updates about the app and music releases on the @appleclassical Twitter account.