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IDAGIO Free: Everything you need to know (Updated 2022)

Idagio is the most popular classical music streaming service on the market today. Its functionality and catalog size rival services that are classified as classical, making it a great choice for anyone looking for an app specifically designed for classical music. In my review of Idagio, you will learn all about why this app is so great.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

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A true classical music aficionado knows that the typical music streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, just don?t quite cut it. Sure, these other music streaming apps have their definite strengths - they have 30 million songs to choose from (or more), they have fun and interesting ways to discover new music and artists (through curated and personalized playlists), and they hold their own when it comes to app and site design. However, these apps are far too geared toward popular music, which can be frustrating for a true classical music aficionado. Classical music needs to be archived and cataloged differently than popular genres of music. Streaming apps, like Spotify or Tidal, are less than ideal in helping listeners browse the annals of various performances, interpretations, and lesser-known contemporary classical composers. Fans of classical music require a streaming app that caters specifically to the unique nature of the genre.

Many classical concerts feature multiple renditions of the same song, movement, symphony, or sonata. This means that simply searching for a composer or a sonata movement on mainstream music apps will not always lead you to the specific performance that you are looking for. For example, on many of the more popular classical music apps it can be difficult to filter down the options to find just one specific rendition of a historic piece. This is why classical-specific streaming apps have started to become more popular in recent years.

One of the newer classical music streaming services on the market, Idagio's success may be just a sign of things to come. Already lauded for its potential, Idagio looks to stay ahead of the curve in the years to come. If you're looking for an innovative and promising classical music streaming service, Idagio is definitely worth considering.

History

Today, Idagio was created by Till Janczukowicz and Christoph Lange, who are known for founding the German streaming service Simfy. When asked what he hoped to achieve with Idagio, Janczukowicz simply said, "To offer the ultimate streaming service for classical music worldwide." Idagio's official launch as an iOS app took place at the Salzburg Festival in 2015. After Idagio's initial focus was on expanding their archive of classical music, they have since become focused on acquiring the largest number of classical songs for listeners to choose from. This is one of the central accomplishments that will help them achieve their goal of becoming the "ultimate streaming service for classical music."

In December of 2017, Idagio added the entirety of the Sony Classical catalog to its repertoire. This addition included the labels, Decca, Phillips, and ECM. In January of 2018, Idagio also announced that it would be taking on a partnership with Warner Classics, offering the streaming service the entirety of the Warner Classics and Erato catalogs.

Idagio, originally a European company, launched in North America in September of 2018 following an impressive and promising 10 million round of funding. This also led to the additions of the music from several labels in the Outhere Music Group (most notably Alpha, Phi, Aeon, and Ricercar), expanding their ever-growing library of classical music even further.

In November of 2019, Time magazine named Idagio one of the world's best inventions of recent years. Today, the streaming service has over 2 million songs and claims to add around 20,000 more every week. There seems to be no stopping Idagio's momentum, it would seem.

Design

If I am being honest, Idagio has one of the best app designs that I have ever seen when it comes to music streaming services. It is sleek, intuitive, easy to use, and it looks great. If I had to put one word to the aesthetic direction of the app, I would have to go with elegant, not unlike much classical music itself. If you were to somehow dress an app up for a night at the symphony, I suspect that it would end up looking like Idagio. A sleek black and white theme gives the app a very classic look and feel. But it doesn't get bogged down in nostalgia or classicism by any means. It is every bit as modern and capable as, say, Spotify or Tidal in functionality. You can browse songs easily by subgenre, composer, using a smart search feature, or even by mood. This is one of those rare cases where the app works as wonderfully as it looks. There is a reason, then, why the app has received an average rating of 4.7 stars (out of 5) on the Apple App Store from the nearly 7 thousand people who reviewed it.

Content

I believe that Idagio has a lot to offer fans of classical music. Not only does Idagio have a large library of classical music, but they have expertly curated playlists by mood to help you find what you're looking for. This is especially helpful because not all classical music is alike, so you might not be sure what you want to hear. By browsing the mood playlists on Idagio, you can easily and conveniently find what you were looking for without having to search through the entire library. There is a function on Idagio that I love, and that is the fact that you can easily compare multiple recordings of the same song with no effort necessary. Just browse offshoots of a track to quickly jump between performances, interpretations, conductors, etc. This is one of those features that truly does make this app great.

For those of you who enjoy the Discover Weekly feature on Spotify, please don't worry - Idagio has its own spin on this as well. Enjoy a weekly personalized classical playlist based on your listening habits, making it difficult not to find great new classical music that you love.

Idagio provides exclusive classical music playlists that have been curated by music experts and artists themselves. This ensures that you can enjoy the best classical music content without having to search for it separately.

Desktop and Mobile Experience

Although Idagio does offer a web version, I highly recommend using the app. Although the desktop version of the streaming service is not terrible, it is not nearly as streamlined or easy to use as the app. This is often the case when it comes to music streaming services. I don't think the web version of Idagio is particularly bad. I think the app version is so exceptionally good. However, if you cannot for whatever reason, you will not be disappointed, I don't think, by the desktop version either. All features are still available, they are just not quite as beautifully packaged and easy to use in the web version.

Pricing and Plans

So, Idagio offers two subscription services. You can choose between Idagio Premium or Idagio Premium Plus. Everything that I already mentioned comes with an Idagio Premium account, and that will cost you $10 a month. However, if you want an even better bang for your buck, perhaps you should try Idagio Premium Plus for only $12.99 a month. With the Premium Plus option, you will also receive offline listening, the ability to create your own playlists, high-quality lossless streaming (FLAC 16-bit), and the ability to connect to 3rd-party devices such as Sonos, Chromecast, and Bluesound.

Suggestions that I have for Idagio

What do you think of the $12/month subscription price for Idagio? I feel that this is a bit too expensive, especially considering that it only offers the Premium+ features at that price. Why not just make the basic subscription cost $10 a month and offer everything that Premium+ has at that singular price? This way, everyone would be able to access all of the features of Idagio without having to pay an extra fee.

Conclusion

I believe that Idagio is the most popular classical music streaming app on the market. There are some areas where it could improvement, but overall it functions quite well. I am particularly impressed with how well it handles the unique genre of classical music.

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IDAGIO Free: Everything you need to know (Updated 2022).

Idagio is the most popular classical music streaming service on the market today. Its functionality and catalog size rival services that are classified as classical, making it a great choice for anyone looking for an app specifically designed for classical music. In my review of Idagio, you will learn all about why this app is so great.

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