Classical music connoisseurs feel left out as there are few streaming options available exclusively for this audience. Apple may be planning to launch a whole new streaming app dedicated to classical music through 9to5 Google’s APK teardown.
In August last year, Apple acquired Amsterdam-based classical music streaming service Primephonic to guarantee listeners “a vastly improved classical music experience”. Online classical music store Primephonic had been serving the classical music scene since 2014, offering high-quality downloads from a huge catalog, and in 2017 it launched a streaming service. It became a hit because of the way it made sense of available metadata or all the information on a digital music file.
What 9to5 Google did was dive into the latest Apple Music beta that has rolled out to Android. The post decompiled the latest version of an app that Google uploaded to the Play Store to see various lines of code in this hint at possible future features. Google may or may not provide these features, but there are clues.
When Primephonic was shut down, existing subscribers were told to use Apple Music until the new app was ready in early 2022. So “Apple Classical” – the name that was decoded – might be the answer.
The fact that Apple was working on a standalone classical music streaming experience came to light a few months ago after a job posting from the company requiring a UX designer to work on a new standalone classical music app.
It remains to be seen whether the launch will take place at the next Apple event, scheduled for March 8. Will the iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 be presented at the event?