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When will Apple Music Classical be released?

Updated Mar 29th, 2023 12:56PM EDT
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In 2021, Apple acquired the classical music streaming service Primephonic. At the time, the Cupertino firm said the service “plans to launch a dedicated classical music app next year combining Primephonic’s classical user interface that fans have grown to love with more added features.”

But as 2022 passed, the company didn’t state when Apple Music Classical would be released. With that, it’s been more than a year since Primephonic users didn’t have a place to listen to their favorite classic songs properly.

Last February, 9to5Google discovered a code reference regarding this upcoming Apple Music Classical, as it found a string referencing it. Here’s what the publication reported in 2022:

In August of last year, Apple acquired Primephonic to boost its streaming service’s classical music prowess. The dedicated app was shut down several months later, and existing subscribers were told to use Apple Music until the new app was ready in early 2022.

With that deadline nearing, the Apple Music beta features a string that reveals the name “Apple Classical,” and the upcoming ability to open a compatible track directly in the optimized service. That looks to be the name for the upcoming Android app, but it could always change before launch. This reveal is similar to that of “Apple One” in 2020.

Is Apple Music Classical coming in 2023?

Yes, the service launched on March 28 worldwide. It offers over 5 million classical songs, the largest library of the genre. It only works on iPhones and is bundled with users’ Apple Music subscription.

With the service, you can search by composer, work, conductor, and more to quickly find any recording. Explore composers, periods, instruments, and more through curated playlists and composer biographies.

The service is available in every region Apple Music exists, except for China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Türkiye. Apple says Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan will get the service in the coming months. An Android version is also in the works.

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.