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Apple Music gets a Classical new add-on

Parts of the Music Classical UI. (Source: Apple)
Parts of the Music Classical UI. (Source: Apple)
Apple has unveiled a Classical dimension of its Music service that, as the name suggests, is dedicated to streaming tracks from composers such as Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Chopin. It will be free from the App Store, albeit to current Music subscribers. Its announcement might be the Cupertino giant's way of responding to Spotify's preview of its upcoming TikTok-eqsue mobile UI overhaul.

Apple has announced that the latest version of its Music app is a classic - kind of literally. It is like the Cupertino behemoth's existing service in that it supports streaming in up to 192 kHz/24 bit lossless formats, has "exclusive" editorials and content, comprehensive search options and a signature UI layout - however, it is dedicated to works in styles such as those of Johann Sebastian Bach and so on.

The new audio app will be free to download on its formal launch later this month, although it needs as Apple Music subscription (of any kind except for the Voice Plan) to work. It is also exclusive to iOS (15.4 or newer), but only for now, with an Android version to follow.

Apple may be previewing Music Classical now in an effort to answer Spotify's introduction of its major UI overhaul. This new main Home feed and "experience", introduced at the app's recent Stream On conference, is loaded with a greater number of previews, shortcuts, discovery-friendly feed items and recommendations, all in portrait of course.  

Spotify did not specify when this 'TikTokification' of its iOS and Android variants will be released, although it should "roll out to Premium and Free users globally" soon.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-03-10 (Update: 2023-04-12)