Listening to Classical Music on Apple Music

Classical music fans like me are living in a golden age. More recordings are available than ever, and it’s much easier to buy CDs and downloads than in the past. Classical recordings are extremely affordable on CD: you can buy big box sets of music by your favorite composers or performers for a buck or two per disk. And, with streaming services, you have access to an immense library of music that you can listen to at any time.

I recently made some suggestions about how you can manage a classical music library in iTunes. Apple Music, however, can be even more of a challenge for listening to classical music. This isn’t surprising; the music streaming model is designed around the “song” rather than multi-movement works, such as symphonies and sonatas. Here are a few tips to help you listen to classical music more efficiently.

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6 thoughts on “Listening to Classical Music on Apple Music

  1. iTunes as part of the ‘fast moving consumer goods’. just songs and no 60 minutes cd’s? The Apple marketeers are doing things right; don’t give a shit about classical. Buy the cd’s, iTunize them, use the booklet and play with streaming devices. Why worry about too much info; that’s for Roon: get info and forget listening. Music is about imagination and ‘ears’, not eyes.

  2. iTunes as part of the ‘fast moving consumer goods’. just songs and no 60 minutes cd’s? The Apple marketeers are doing things right; don’t give a shit about classical. Buy the cd’s, iTunize them, use the booklet and play with streaming devices. Why worry about too much info; that’s for Roon: get info and forget listening. Music is about imagination and ‘ears’, not eyes.

  3. I found a problem with how music from Apple Music is played after you download it. AM downloads ignore some local changes you make to tags.

    I like to cut albums of classical music up into separate “albums” for each complete work. So an album with 4 symphonies becomes four “albums”, one for each symphony. That way I can listen to a classical playlist in Album Shuffle and not hear 20 separate preludes in a row from one album.

    This method has always worked for CDs I have added and also for purchased music. It does not work for downloaded (actual physical data) albums from AM. It will play the entire album anyway. I’ve tried renumbering the track numbers. No effect. I’ve completely changed the Album Names and even the Artist Name to my own preference. No effect. Just to be clear I have tried this after downloading the AM album files to my hard drive, not just the AM marker for the music to be streamed.

  4. I found a problem with how music from Apple Music is played after you download it. AM downloads ignore some local changes you make to tags.

    I like to cut albums of classical music up into separate “albums” for each complete work. So an album with 4 symphonies becomes four “albums”, one for each symphony. That way I can listen to a classical playlist in Album Shuffle and not hear 20 separate preludes in a row from one album.

    This method has always worked for CDs I have added and also for purchased music. It does not work for downloaded (actual physical data) albums from AM. It will play the entire album anyway. I’ve tried renumbering the track numbers. No effect. I’ve completely changed the Album Names and even the Artist Name to my own preference. No effect. Just to be clear I have tried this after downloading the AM album files to my hard drive, not just the AM marker for the music to be streamed.

  5. If you can download and update music on iTunes, then why bother streaming it? I, for instance, download stuff and copy them to the iTunes playlist. If you have a Bose QC25* to go with it, then you would need nothing else in this world. Absolute ecstasy.

  6. If you can download and update music on iTunes, then why bother streaming it? I, for instance, download stuff and copy them to the iTunes playlist. If you have a Bose QC25* to go with it, then you would need nothing else in this world. Absolute ecstasy.

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