Thanks to the wealth of music streaming apps available, anyone can listen to thousands of hours of classical music from the golden age of vinyl to the latest releases with their smartphones. The major music streaming platforms feature vast libraries of classical music, but navigating can be a frustrating experience for classical music enthusiasts. While listeners can navigate pop music with ease by searching for song name, artist or album, classical music listeners may wish to search for things like conductor, orchestra, soloist, composer, record label or opus number – and single works that span multiple movements (a Beethoven symphony will usually have four separate tracks) make navigation even more complex. To create a better experience for those listeners, here are three apps designed especially for classical music fans.

Naxos Music Library

Classical record label Naxos was a pioneer of music streaming, launching the Naxos Music Library in 2002. Now available as a smartphone app, the Naxos Music Library boasts complete catalogues and selected recordings from over 940 record labels – as well as pronunciation guides, articles by scholars and critics, an interactive music dictionary and more than 40,000 composer and artist biographies. Subscriptions can be set to standard or premium sound quality.

Download it onthe App Store or Google Play.

IDAGIO

IDAGIO launched its classical music streaming app at the Salzburg Festival in 2015 and went on to be named one of Time Magazine’s 2019 Best Inventions. The app features CD-quality audio and offers tailored recommendations, playlists, and pre-concert talks from world-renowned artists, musicologists and critics. In 2020, IDAGIO also launched its Global Concert Hall, offering access to live and pre-recorded concerts from around the world – artists to appear on the platform so far include soprano Kristine Opolais, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the London Symphony Orchestra, The King’s Singers, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and more.

Download it on the App Store or Google Play.

Primephonic

Primephonic also caters to a specialist classical music audience, offering high resolution audio (up to lossless 24-bit FLAC, if available) as well as educational and artist podcasts, related works (curated by humans rather than algorithms), mood playlists and album booklets. Primephonic also features on-demand radio, which can be customised by Period (such as Baroque or Romantic), Genre (such as Orchestral or Vocal Music), Instrument and Ambiance (from Bittersweet to Ecstatic). For listeners hoping to discover something new, hand-picked album suggestions are updated daily, with weekly playlists covering diverse musical topics.

Download it on the App Store or Google Play.

More options

Of course, major streaming platforms like Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, YouTube Music and Spotify offer more variety if your listening tastes extend beyond classical music. For audiophiles who listen widely, TIDAL and Qobuz – which launched in Australia earlier this year – boast higher than CD-quality audio streaming, and Spotify HiFi is set to launch later this year with CD-quality audio.

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Angus McPherson

Copywriter

Angus McPherson,
Copywriter

Angus is a copywriter on the Vodafone Digital Content Team. With a background in arts journalism, he is passionate about classical music and the performing arts.

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