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Apple Music Classical: What is it, how to subscribe, where to listen, and more

Updated Jan 9th, 2024 9:53AM EST
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A day after iOS 16.4 launched, Apple made its long-awaited Music Classical service available to everyone as well. Here’s everything you need to know and how to use the new app.

What is Apple Music Classical?

Apple Music Classical is a service based on Primephonic, a classical music streaming service the company bought in 2021. After two years of development, the company released its own version of the app, which has a similar look to Apple Music, but with new tweaks and a focus on this specific genre of music.

With it, you can access the world’s largest classical music catalog. Search by composer, work, conductor, and more to quickly find any recording. Explore composers, periods, instruments, and more through curated playlists and composer biographies. Get detailed information about what you are listening to.

It offers curated playlists for classical fans or beginners who want to use this app.

How to subscribe to Apple Music Classical

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The only way to subscribe to this service is by having an active subscription to Apple Music. The company explains that Classical is included in your Apple Music subscription at no additional cost.

That said, if you’ve already joined it, simply download the Classical app to start listening. If you’re not a subscriber yet, you can do that by paying $10.99 per month for an individual plan. There are other plans available, such as a family one or bundled with an Apple One subscription.

Where can I listen to Apple Music Classical? In which countries is the service available?

Apple Music Classical is an app created specifically for the iOS platform, meaning you need an iPhone or iPad to take advantage of the app. The iPad software was released on November 16, 2023.

At the moment, there’s no app available for the Mac or Apple TV. That said, you can also enjoy it on Android devices, as the application is available in the Google Play Store.

The service is live in every region Apple Music exists, except for Russia and Türkiye. On January 9, 2024, the Apple Music Classical X account posted that Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan users can pre-order the app.

Will it be available for Android phones?

Yes, Apple Music Classical is available for Android phones here as of May 30, 2023. It requires Android 9 or newer.

Can I listen to Classical songs on the Mac?

Yes. While you can’t download the app itself, you can add a song from Apple Music Classical to your library using the iPhone or iPad. It will be synced to your Apple Music library, which you can access from the Mac, Apple TV, browser, and more.

The service in numbers

Apple Music ClassicalImage source: Apple Inc.

The service has the largest classical library with over 100 million songs and the world’s largest catalog of classical music — more than 5 million tracks and 1.2 million recordings. It features:

  • 20K+ composers;
  • 115K+ unique classical workers listed;
  • 350+ movements available.

It is available in Lossless and Hi-Res Lossless up to 24 bits. Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos is also supported.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.

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