The classical future is Primephonic.
Search Built for Classical:
Stop the frustration of music apps built for pop music. Our music search is specifically designed for classical music—you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for, instantly.
Superior Audio Quality:
Stream classical music in the superior audio quality it deserves, up to 24-bit lossless, or as high as your device and internet connection speed allows. Powered by Orastream, a ground-breaking adaptive bit-rate technology.
Discovery of New Works and Hidden Gems:
Expand your horizons and your library with new works you new knew but will come to fall deeply in love with.
The Ultimate Playlist Library:
Enjoy our extensive collection of playlists that go way beyond the obvious. Learn more from our series of Composers #101, selection by country and instruments.
Side-By-Side Comparison of All Recordings:
Finally, you can compare all recordings of a specific work within a single work page.
Best classical value:
For the price of one album a month, get access of more than a million classical music tracks.
Try Primephonic 14 days for free! If you like your experience, choose a monthly or yearly subscription and your membership will automatically continue for as long as you choose to remain a member. You can easily cancel anytime and there are no cancellation fees.
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Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings on the device.
Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when a subscription plan is purchased.
Improved audio streaming player that streams up to 24-bit lossless quality, based on your internet network and device. Stream via Airplay to your HomePod or preferred audio device. In our latest release album art is featured more prominently and various visual bugs and glitches were fixed.
Enjoy a preview of our streaming app without needing to create an account. Try our search function tailor-made for classical music, find the newest classical album releases and browse through all periods in classical music.
With a Primephonic account, you can stream in hi-res, up to 24-bit lossless. Compare various recordings of the same work within the same work page.
My Music: Curate and edit your own playlists from over a million tracks. Add your favorite composers, albums, playlists and tracks all in one place. View your recently played tracks and have a complete overview of all your carefully curated playlists.
Ratings and Reviews
Not for casual listening, also needs CarPlay
I am excited about the possibilities for this service, but there are some things I’d like see improved before I pay for a subscription.
1. It’s too difficult to just play music. Pandora starts playing the most recently played station right away when the app is opened. This app requires several interactions before any music can play. I tried to quickly turn on some music in the car the other day while I was stopped, and it was very difficult to get to anything (that’s not a highlight or something specific)
2. How about suggesting to play the last thing I heard? I don’t think I should have to create a playlist or save something to favorites just to find it again. Case in point: I was listening to a Hindemith sonata during a commute. I stopped at a rest area and brought my phone in with me. When I came back out, I had to search for the Hindemith again, find the artist I was listening to, and try to guess where I had left off. Frustrating, especially for this price point.
3. Definitely needs a CarPlay/AndroidAuto capability, beyond being able to play/pause, forward/backward skip. I would love to see an actual CarPlay app to help me select music.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your feedback! You will find that in the latest version of our app, 2.1.6, usability has been improved (and we will keep on working on this). Additionally, version 2.1.6 also now enables you see your most recently played works in the "My music" category. We have also taken note of your wish to see a CarPlay app become available and will look into this for future improvements. Please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org in the case you would like to discuss further!
Primephonic Customer Service
Work in progress; lots of potential
After a 14-day trial, I decided to subscribe, in part because I badly want this app to keep improving and realize it will need subscribers to help get there! I love the concept and, when I have found what I was looking for, have been very pleased. I think there is a lot of potential. The library is really very vast already and this alone may justify the investment, despite some obvious areas for improvement. First, the search feature is inconsistent. While there is a generic keyword search that will turn up items that share words in their title with your search, Primephonic does try to further group searches into composers and specific pieces, which solves the search woes of other services... when it works! I find the catalog must not be fully tagged yet because many recordings in its database that you can find through the generic keyword search don’t seem to make it into this more streamlined search output. Hopefully with time this improves. Second, there is currently no ability to cast audio over Chromecast and I very much hope this is added soon.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your support! Primephonic is built by classical music lovers for classical music lovers. We will definitely work on the suggestions you have and would love to hear the specific keyword search. Please do reach out to us on email@example.com to start a conversation. We will definitely add Chromecast as a feature soon.
Very much enjoying this service! Grew up casually with classical music and played multiple instruments in middle school, I can find the songs playing at my local symphony and my favorites. Some more contemporary composer’s works may be more sparse as that I couldn’t find some e.g. Saariaho’s Ciel d’hiver. I especially appreciate how the app understands the nuances of classical music workflows and makes it easy to listen to different recordings of the same song, and the curations by country and compose are nice since I’ve missed some marvelous pieces over the years. And the app doesn’t cut off the names of songs, which is unbelievably annoying in other apps. The down side is Sonos support is still missing, you can’t download the songs for offline play, and oddly I’m not able to remove songs from my playlists. Hopefully they can resolve those issues.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much and we appreciate your continued support! We will be adding the other features you mentioned such as Sonos integration and offline streaming soon. Please stay subscribed to our mailing list and we will be able to notify you once that happens.
- Primephonic B.V.
- 28.1 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Primephonic BV
- In-App Purchases
- Premium - Monthly $7.99
- Platinum - Monthly $14.99
- Premium - Annually $79.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.