Apple has released an Android version of its Apple Music Classical app. You can download the new app from the Google Play Store (link below). It’s a dedicated app for streaming classical music and works independently of Apple Music.
Apple Music Classical is an outcome of the company’s August 2021 acquisition of Primephonic. The Netherlands-based streaming service focused solely on classical music and had made a name for itself in this category. Apple shut down Primephonic soon after buying it with plans to replace it with a new service. The company said that its forthcoming classical streaming app will offer everything it acquired from the Dutch service in lossless and high-res audio, along with support for spatial audio if available.
A year and a half later, Apple Music Classical debuted on iPhones in March of this year. A few months down, the app is available for Android devices as well. Not many first-party Apple apps get this privilege. Apple Music, Apple TV, Move to iOS, and Tracker Detect are the only other Apple apps on the Play Store. As pointed out by 9to5Mac, which first reported the availability of Apple Music Classical on Android, the company has yet to launch an optimized version of the app for iPads or even release a Mac app.
This move does make sense, though. For one, people mostly use their mobile phones to stream music rather than a tablet or computer. Releasing Apple Music Classical on Android may help the company add more users rather than a dedicated app for iPads and Macs. People using those devices are likely to have an iPhone already. Moreover, since Primephonic existed on Android before Apple’s purchase, many Android users may have been waiting for a replacement. It’s finally here in the form of Apple Music Classical.
Apple Music Classical is included in an Apple Music or Apple One subscription
Apple Music and Apple Music Classical share a lot when it comes to design, UI, and functionality. However, there are a few notable differences. They handle the metadata differently and also have distinctive navigation and font. The company offers access to Classical with a standard Apple Music or Apple One subscription. The Android version offers the same set of features as the iOS version. You get ad-free classical music in up to 24-bit/192kHz lossless quality with spatial audio. You can click the button below to download the latest version of Apple Music Classical from the Google Play Store.