It looks like Apple’s new classical music project is finally “coming soon”. Hints of a new app dedicated specifically to classical music have been found in the iOS 15.5 beta. The mysterious app, if it sees the light of day, will be the successor to Primephonic, a classical music service acquired by Apple last year.
Since Primephonic was shut down shortly after Apple took over, the new Apple Classical app could be a welcome relief for those who used the old service frequently.
According to MacRumors, Apple Classical will be added as part of Apple Music and released as a standalone app. Apple practically confirmed it in 2021 by mentioning that it plans to launch a new application dedicated to this type of music, which will allow users to listen to their favorite classics. Classical music, compared to mainstream music services, is still underrepresented by the most popular apps, so Apple’s new version may find a large number of subscribers, especially Primephonic users who delete the app without replacement in 2021.
Primephonic was retired shortly after its acquisition by Apple, and as of September 7, 2021, no replacement has been offered. However, current Primephonic subscribers received 6 months of free Apple Music to make up for the loss. What can we expect from the new app?
Apple has promised that the new app that will replace Primephonic will give users a much more enjoyable listening experience.
Lossless audio and spatial audio
According to MacRumors, the app would combine Primephonic’s user interface and classical music knowledge with Apple Musicwhich brings features like lossless audio and spatial audio. On the other hand, it is possible that Apple wanted to make some changes to the appearance of the application, since last year it was looking for a user experience designer for this task.
Of course, Apple Music also provides a host of other benefits, such as the ability to load your favorite songs and control the app by voice, as well as access to more than 90 million songs. Apple Music costs €9.99 per month, which is a €2 increase over Primephonic, but it’s probably worth it given the size of the catalogue.
Given how long it’s been since Primephonic went out of business, it’s about time Apple came up with its replacement. We may learn more about Apple Classical very soon, possibly at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.