Apple Music Classical, the company’s music app that focuses on classical music only, is now available for the iPad. Not that there are any big new features but the experience of using it on the iPad makes it worth one’s effort. Further, it has been a demand among users for a long time.
With the app you can access the world’s largest classical music catalogue which can be scanned by composer, work, conductor, and much more. Initial digging around took us through search options around composers, periods, instruments, curated playlists and composer biographies.
Apple Music Classical is the result of acquiring Primephonic in 2021. The problem with classical music is dealing with complex metadata, which the Apple Music Classical app intends to solve. The catalogue you can access on the classical music app has over five million tracks and you can stream music at up to 192 kHz/24 bit hi-res lossless.
Earlier this year, t2 asked Apple CEO Tim Cook about the app since the company has always been serious about music. He said: “I’m getting so many notes about Classical and from people that said that they finally have a place for them. The big unlock for us was realising that you could never combine the music and classical music together in one service, that you needed a separate app. And that was a huge unlock. I’m just getting tons of favourable feedback.”
We had earlier asked sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee about the importance of such apps. He said: “The way innovative masters try to push boundaries within the parametres of traditional music is in itself very, very challenging, engaging and if the processes are somewhat demystified, it might help understand and enjoy the music better. I strive towards developing a test for this kind of music which is improvisational and made in the moment. The vehicles that you have mentioned in the question are very potent vehicles, so whether it be a podcast or an app, I believe that the end will justify the means.”