January 23, 2024 – Apple Music’s dedicated classical music app, Apple Music Classical, has received a noteworthy update, introducing support for CarPlay. This integration now allows users to enjoy an extensive collection of classical music through their vehicle’s infotainment system while on the road.
Launched in March 2023, Apple Music Classical offers over 5 million classical tracks to all Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost. Behind the scenes, a team of musicologists at Apple spent over seven years curating essential metadata, resulting in 50 million data points that power the app’s highly optimized search and browsing capabilities. The app boasts an impressive catalog of over 120,000 works by more than 20,000 composers, comprising over 400,000 movements. It also delivers superior sound quality, with thousands of albums supporting an immersive spatial audio experience. For some of the most renowned compositions, Apple Music Classical offers hundreds, even thousands of recording options; Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” alone has 18,000 versions available.
Previously available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, the addition of CarPlay support marks a significant expansion for Apple Music Classical. It’s worth mentioning that the app is built upon the foundation of Primephonic, a classical music streaming service acquired by Apple in 2021.
The latest version (1.2) of Apple Music Classical is now available on the App Store, with the update log simply stating “stability and performance improvements.”
In related news, Apple Music Classical is set to launch a localized version for mainland China on January 24th. Users can already pre-order the app in anticipation of its release.