Is music more to you than just "songz"?
When picking something to listen to, are you as likely to think of a composer and piece as an album?
Is "shuffle play" on a symphony more than a little silly?
ClassicalPlayer may be for you!
ClassicalPlayer presents your iPhone's music library to you arranged by composer and pieces.
Choose, for instance "Beethoven," and from the list of his you have, choose "Symphony no. 5", and see the 4 movements ready to play in order.
Push the play button, and ClassicalPlayer plays the movements (in order) and then pauses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does ClassicalPlayer replace iTunes?
No! ClassicalPlayer only presents the contents of your device's library in a manner calculated to warm the heart.
In particular, ClassicalPlayer cannot modify your library.
What happens to my iTunes library if ClassicalPlayer crashes, or I delete the app?
ClassicalPlayer only reads the contents of your library; it does not modify your library.
Will ClassicalPlayer allow me to see albums as albums?
Yes: In addition to the composer + piece view, ClassicalPlayer displays albums, all songs or tracks, and playlists.
I have popular as well as classical music in my library.
How does ClassicalPlayer distinguish between them?
It doesn't: most popular music will appear (in the Composer + pieces view) as single-movement works.
In addition, the Albums view displays albums as albums, with the tracks in their album order.
What devices does this run on?
Almost any iPhone or iPad model, running iOS 11.0 or later.
How does ClassicalPlayer figure out what tracks represent a piece?
That's actually the secret: ClassicalPlayer intuits pieces by looking for similarities in the names of tracks in an album.
Based on extensive research (my library), the scientists at TyndaleSoft have identified a number of patterns typically employed by the ink-stained wretches who label tracks in CD databases, and ClassicalPlayer applies those patterns to notice pieces.
This is by no means foolproof, and a major goal of testing is to validate and extend the patterns ClassicalPlayer applies.
I use Apple's iTunes Match, so some of my music is "in the cloud"--can ClassicalPlayer play that music?
Those tracks will be cataloged like any on your device, and should play without problems.
I use Apple Music—does ClassicalPlayer work with that?
No, ClassicalPlayer presents only the music on your device.
Does ClassicalPlayer work with video?
ClassicalPlayer will play the audio of a track that has both video and audio.
When I reload my library I get an alert entitled, "Missing Media" with a message "Some tracks do not have media. This probably can be fixed by synchronizing your device."
What's that about?
Sometimes synchronization between iTunes and your device isn't quite complete, and some media goes missing.
Repeating the synchronization seems to fix the problem.
Ummm, ClassicalPlayer seems a bit confused about an album's contents.
Can you have a look?
Yes: on the "Info" tab, the button "Mail Titles" will create a mail message to the scientists here at TyndaleSoft with a report of the track titles in your library (and no other informnation! ).
You can explain the problem in the message and send it along.
That will help me figure out the problem.
Why does my composer list contain "Bach", "Bach, J. S.", etc?
See previous remark about track labels: the "composer" field on tracks is notoriously inconsistent.
Unfortunately I don't have a good way to overcome this inconsistency, so the best solution is a little "curation" on your part.
In iTunes on the Mac, right-click a track or set of tracks in the offending album and choose "Song info."
You can reset the composer.
My carefully curated album artwork isn't appearing.
In the Info view, press "Enable artwork".
That will take you to Settings for the app.
Toggle the "Enable artwork" a couple times, and your artwork should appear.
Contact us at classicalplayer [at] tyndalesoft [dot] com.