Apple is rolling out a new music subscription offering for classical music lovers.
The new service will give Apple Music subscribers access to more than 5 million high-quality classical music tracks, hundreds of curated playlists, exclusive albums, and special features such as composer bios and deep dives into their works.
The launch of the offering comes two years after Apple acquired Amsterdam-based Primephonic, a nine-year-old music streaming service that is popular among older and wealthier listeners.
The offering is currently available for pre-ordering on the App Store and will see a broader rollout on March 28, 2023. It is only accessible on Apple devices running iOS 15.4 or later.
Apple has sought to differentiate its new product from Apple Music by enabling subscribers to look for their favorite music records by catalog number and enjoy them in Apple’s immersive spatial audio.
The app will allow users to read editorial notes about composers and descriptions of their works. It will also give users access to high-resolution digital portraits of famous artists such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, and Johann Sebastian Bach, which were all commissioned by Apple.
Apple Music Classical will be made available to Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost and will be a part of the Apple One bundle.