Surprise hit Apple Music Classical takes top spot in App Store rankings

Apple Music Classical
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After months of rumors, Apple finally released Apple Music Classical earlier this week. And while it might not have been everyone's idea of a good time, it's clear that plenty of people wanted to take it for a spin.

In fact, Apple Music Classical was downloaded from the App Store so many times that it is now sitting pretty at the very tippy top of the App Store rankings for free apps in the United States. It's only beaten to the top spot by the U.K.'s biggest supermarket on the other side of the pond as well.

Who saw that one coming?

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While we will never know for sure, we have to imagine that even Apple is surprised by how quickly the Apple Music Classical app has summited the App Store's charts. Whether it will stay there is another matter, but this should give us a good idea of how many people wanted to take the app for a spin at least once.

A lot, is the answer. A whole lot of people did.

The Apple Music Classical app beat out Temu: Shop Like a Billionaire to take the top spot, with CapCut — Video Editor rounding out the top three.

One thing that Apple Music Classical has going for it is that it's free for anyone who also has an Apple Music subscription. That also includes Apple One subscribers of course, meaning there are millions of people who had nothing to lose from downloading the app.

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The one downside of Apple Music Classical right now is of course the lack of any apps available for the Mac or iPad. The puzzling omission will surely be fixed soon, and an Android app is also on the way.

That'll mean that those listening on their Samsung Galaxy S23 will be able to listen using the same app as anyone using the best iPhone, the oldest iPhone, or indeed any iPhone that supports iOS 15.4 or later.

But not on a Mac or iPad. Not yet, at least.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.