Apple will launch a brand new app completely for classical music later this month

The Apple Music Classical logo and app icon.
Enlarge / The Apple Music Classical brand and app icon.


Apple is launching a model of Apple Music particularly for classical music later this month, the corporate introduced at this time. The Apple Music Classical app, at the moment obtainable for preorder within the App Retailer, will likely be separate from the principle Apple Music app. However entry to the service will likely be included with a $17-per-month Apple One subscription or most Apple Music subscriptions (excluding the essential $5-per-month Apple Music Voice tier).

In August 2021, Apple acquired a classical music service referred to as Primephonic. In case you’re questioning why classical music may profit from a devoted app, this PCMag piece about Primephonic will reply that query for you: You could possibly seek for music not simply by track title or its composer, however by the title of the orchestra that recorded it, or the one that carried out it, or details about soloists or different performers. Primephonic might additionally account for the totally different potential spellings of composers’ names, amongst different options.

Maybe most significantly for a streaming music service, although, Primephonic used a royalty mannequin the place payouts have been based mostly on the period of time that songs have been performed reasonably than the variety of occasions a track was listened to. Utilizing a per-play mannequin, somebody who listens to a 15-minute motion of a Beethoven symphony would generate as a lot income for the artists as somebody who listened to a 90-second pop track.

Apple hasn’t specified the way it plans to pay artists, however its press launch saying the Primephonic acquisition indicated that the service’s detailed metadata and “the perfect options of Primephonic” could be folded into Apple Music Classical when it launched.

The Apple Music Classical app is iPhone-only for now, although an Android model is outwardly coming “quickly.” There is no phrase on what Apple plans for the iPad, macOS, or Home windows; Home windows solely received its first model of the Apple Music app in a preview earlier this yr.

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