Shazam now lets you open classical songs in the Apple Music Classical app

You can send any song you Shazam or surface in search to the Apple Music Classical app, where you can access additional information about the piece.

Three iPhone screenshots showcasing opening a piece from Shazam in Apple Music Classical
Opening a piece in Apple Music Classical | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB
  • Shazam for iPhone was updated with a new feature allowing you to open any classical song in the Apple Music Classical app.
  • Apple Music Classical launched on March 28, 2023, as a separate download from the App Store. The app is not bundled with Apple’s operating systems.
  • Apple bought Shazam in 2018, integrating its music identification services into its operating systems and the Siri digital assistant.

Shazam now integrates with Apple Music Classical

According to release notes, Shazam for iOS and iPadOS v15.3.3 is now live on the App Store with a single new feature: The ability to open classical songs identified with Shazam in the Apple Music Classical app.

Simply Shazam or search for a classical piece, then hit the menu icon on the track page and choose Open in Classical. Doing so will send the piece to Apple Music Classical, where you can view additional information unavailable on Shazam.

Shazam for iPhone and iPad requires iOS and iPadOS 15 and later.

What is Apple Music Classical?

Apple Music Classical is a new app from Apple dedicated to classical music, based on its acquisition of the Amsterdam-based streamer Primephonic.

It sports over five million tracks “with everything from new releases to celebrated masterpieces, plus thousands of exclusive albums.” Apple Music Classical is free to download, but an Apple Music subscription is required to use the app.

The app provides hundreds of playlists to get you up to speed. You can find specific recordings by searching by composer, work, conductor or catalog number.

Extras include deep-dive guides, descriptions of key works and thousands of composer biographies. Apple also commissioned digital portraits of the most prominent classical music maestros, available on artist bio pages in the app.

High-resolution portraits of Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin and Johann Sebastian Bach are available, for example, and Apple will upload more over time.