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Melissa Bradshaw

Primephonic overhauls software with offline listening

11:46, 16th April 2019

Dutch-American start-up classical streaming service Primephonic has rolled out an update to its app and desktop versions: users will now be able to download personalised and pre-made playlists for offline listening.

The software update will allow users to enjoy the 1.5 million plus classical music tracks listed both during the morning commute or walking in the countryside, no longer limited by a poor data or WiFi connection.

Built for the classical music genre by classical music obsessives, Primephonic features a smart search system built to solve classical music’s search problem. Users can find the exact work, composer or album they’re looking for in seconds and browse the results with ease. Other generic streaming services predominantly catering to pop music aren’t designed to cope with the additional metadata needed to organise parameters such as composer, name of the work, opus number, key, orchestra, conductor, soloist and choir.

Primephonic streams music at the highest quality possible – when online, tracks can be streamed at either 320kbps MP3 streaming or lossless 24bit FLAC streaming. If a connection ever drops or slows down, Primephonic dynamically adapts the audio to ensure the music never stops, unless it’s already been downloaded: then the offline listening mode kicks in.

On 1 May, Primephonic subscribers will be able to download full albums of work for easy and convenient offline listening at the touch of a button. A 14-day free trial can be activated on www.primephonic.com or a full subscription activated from £7.99/month or £79.99/year.

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