Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Apple Music Classical app is now available for download

Apple officially released its standalone app for streaming classical music. Here's what you can expect.
Written by Sabrina Ortiz, Editor

On Tuesday, Apple released its new app, Apple Music Classical, which includes the world's largest classical musical catalog with over 5 million tracks, according to Apple. 

If you pre-ordered the app earlier this month, it should have automatically appeared on your device's home screen. If not, you can download it from the App Store

Also: The best headphones for listening to music

The app has a similar interface to Apple Music with a few differences built for the unique characteristics of classical music. 

While pop songs which can be boiled down to genre and artist, classical music has many different defining features: key, opus number, movement, nickname, period, instrument, work tilt, work type, composer name, and more.


Apple built a rich metadata base to include the many different characteristics people look for in classical music and to make it easier for users to search for and find the music they want.

The app's UI also allows users to see all of the information they need at a glance, including the year of the recording orchestra, and conductor name. 

The music catalog is available in Apple's highest sound quality including Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio. Other standout features include music playlists grouped together by mood, time periods, and genres. 

AlsoThe best kids' headphones

Apple commissioned artists to create artwork for playlist covers and artist pages, including portraits of many of the world's greatest composers. 

The app is included at no additional cost for Apple music subscribers with individual, student, family, and Apple One plans. Apple Music plans start at $5.99 per month for students and $10.99 per month for individual plans. 

Apple Music Classical is available in most countries where Apple Music is today, and the experience will be coming soon on Android.

Editorial standards