Differences between Apple Music and Apple Music Classical

Why are they two apps?

It may have caught some people by surprise, the fact that Apple has decided to have the new Apple Music Classical service in a separate app, instead of integrating it into the existing music app. Neither service has been something of a “new creation”so to speak.

The current Apple Music service exists thanks to the purchase of the Beats company, which, in addition to the headphones, had a streaming music service called Beats Music. When Apple added this service, they renamed it Apple Music. Apple Music Classical, on the other hand, is the result of the purchase of the Primephonic company, a streaming music service exclusively focused on classical music genres. Therefore, one of the main differences between the two services, what else, explains why they are two different apps, is the initial conception of both music services.

the genre of music

It is clear that classical music is a different genre than pop, dance or disco music might be. But the difference between both services, which is in the music genre, is precisely what is behind this. It is not visible to the naked eye.

Classical music is a very old repository in itself. And every repository requires a very exhaustive and detailed classification. Furthermore, how all material is classified and ordered has nothing to do with how songs and albums of “modern” music can be classified.

We are not talking about “Singles”, “EPs”, “LPs”, “Artists” or “Live Albums”. We are talking about “Composer”, “Director”, “Catalog Number” or “Work”. The nomenclature of the genus is already different. But so are the metadata associated with each of the pieces and works that are available. And the current Apple Music interface takes another approach.

Content shapes interface

Apple Music Classical, having a number of special features, needs an interface that adapts to the classical music ecosystem. In the current Apple Music interface we have options to see the lyrics of the songs, a karaoke function, classifications by artists, and even small publications as if they were “mini blogs”, telling the story of an LP, or with written comments. of the artists.

apple music classical interface

But classical music does not need this. In fact, it needs other very different things. To begin with, an adapted search engine, with adequate filters. The same work may have been performed by several orchestras, directed by different people, at different times. And all this, in the same way as a film library or a museum, everything is catalogued.

Plus, Apple Music Classical puts a twist on those “mini blog” posts. If in Apple Music we have comments from artists, interviews, etc. Here we will have a much deeper approach, with the complete biographies of the composers of the works, we will be offered descriptions at a more detailed level of how the work has been interpreted.

Apple Music Classical
Apple Music Classical