The unprecedented internet penetration and overwhelming usage of smartphones have transformed the way we used to listen to music. Technology advancement has worked as a catalyst for the development and emergence of a plethora of music applications in recent times.
We have multiple market-leading music apps such as Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, SoundCloud, and Shazam, that offer simple user interfaces and good value for money to the end users.
However, if you are planning to build a music streaming mobile app, then you must consider crucial factors like platform, license, backend, and even development methodology.
In this blog, we will discuss the process of building a successful music streaming mobile app, the intended features, and the cost incurred.
The revenue Share of Digital music formats is swelling day by day apparently music companies/bands across the globe are investing in music streaming to insure a good revenue share.
Yes, this time in the world of music solely belongs to music apps, which are keeping most people hooked on them. It is tough to find a smartphone user who doesn’t have at least one music streaming app installed on their devices. The reason for such immense popularity is the ease that comes with music streaming apps.
Today people hardly have time on their hands, and thus everything is desired to be on-demand this streak paved way for the emergence of apps such as Spotify, Pandora, and others.
Speaking of music applications, well they are as diversified as the music itself, and for some, it means a music player while for others digital audio workstations. Hence, if you dream to create a music app, then first and foremost you need to learn about the types of music apps that exist.
Spotify is one of the most renowned music streaming apps offering its users unlimited access to global music & podcasts, allowing them to discover music based on their personal preferences, like favorite genres, artists, and albums.
It enables its users to create custom playlists of their favorite tracks and also explore tailor-made playlists & personalized music recommendations as per their mood. With the Spotify app, users can even download music for offline access. Meanwhile, the app is available to iOS and Android users.
Pandora implements advanced algorithms curating custom radio stations, and it offers custom music recommendations based on users’ past music preferences. Pandora keeps on evolving the personalized music experiences of its users with their music tastes while allowing them to search for their favorite songs, genres, and artists, to create a customized station.
The users of the app can download music for offline listening and they get high-quality audio ad-free in the premium version of the app. Meanwhile, the app is available in both paid and freemium versions, and it is available on the Apple Store as well as Google Play Store in the USA.
SoundCloud is known to be the world’s largest music & audio streaming app offering more than 150 million tracks to its users, curating the music based on users’ preferences & listening trends, and allows to explore music from their favorite genres.
The app even enables its users to connect and interact with prominent artists, as well as the users can download the music with the premium version so as to listen offline. SoundCloud, which is available on Apple Store and PlayStore offers its users to create personalized playlists for parties, workouts, etc.
Apple Music app available on Apple Store and Google Play Store streams more than 50 million songs straight from the Apple Music catalog and allows its users to download their favorite music to smartphones, thus carrying it everywhere. Here the users can create custom playlists and the automated playlist is also created by the app based on the listening history of users.
Apple Music users can create profiles so as to share their playlists, music, and tracks with their followers and the app also offers personalized recommendations that are updated every day based on your music preferences.
Users can listen to their favorite artists & DJs on Beats 1, live, and also on-demand, and can get exclusive access to published content like original TV shows, documentaries on favorite artists, and others.
The most common types of music apps have been listed below. You can pick your area of interest among them and get started with the development process of the music app.
These are the apps with innovative streaming functionality and mobile user interface and they are created for multiple devices. Apple Music, Tidal, & Spotify are all examples of music streaming apps and they allow users to instantly play songs of their choice.
The on-demand streaming services offer recommendation & discovery features as well. These are based on what the users to keen on listening to.
Looking at the constant increase in the demand for on-demand music, Pandora introduced Pandora Premium, which is a $9.99/month streaming service to compete directly with Apple Music & Spotify. With Pandora Premium, users can listen to Pandora radio while they can also create their playlists.
These are the kind of apps that allow music enthusiasts to sharpen their music skills by helping them learn music. These are more educational apps and are quite prominent among the users owing to the great music learning experience they offer.
The app interface aims at contributing effective music learning experiences to its users and this is the reason this category of apps enjoys a great number of followers.
Music editing apps come around as the ultimate form of convenience as they are great at reducing a lot of your stress with their easy-to-use and streamlined interfaces. The app’s interface simplifies the editing process and makes it suitably portable.
This way any of the editing issues can be easily tackled and quick adjustments can be made from anywhere and at any point in time. The music editing app developers combine their UI/UI design expertise with excellent sound capabilities thus offering effective music editing solutions.
It is a great idea indeed to back up your music collection online to avoid losing your music to hard drive failure/virus infection/other reasons, and at the same time, you get more space for your growing collection. Thus, a music storage app allows users to store their songs & stream them just anywhere and at any time they desire.
Next, let’s learn about the monetization strategy implemented in music streaming apps.
One great way to offer a personalized experience to app users is to collect and analyze data regarding the music preferences of their users. Well, registration is the best time to do so as needful information can be collected from the users, and accordingly, tracks can be recommended to them.
At the same time, social signup allows easy and convenient registration, which most app users prefer, while social sharing is a great way to promote your app by allowing users to share app content and updates on their social media pages.
App onboarding is all about making the users’ experience with the app as smooth as possible by listening to questions and answering them, or questioning them instead to offer a better experience to them as per their likings and preferences.
Next is Authentication, which is quite useful in music apps to ensure content privacy and security. When this feature is integrated, the app will ask the users to provide valid credentials or verification of who they say they are.
Most of the music streaming apps out there provide the facility to listen to music online, but having offline access functionality can add a lot of value to your app, as users often prefer listening to music whenever & wherever they are, even when there is no internet connectivity.
Offering this function will result in satisfied users. Like, you can offline playback in your app in the paid/premium version of the app. This way users will be able to play music in the offline mode, while in turn, your revenues will increase.
This feature serves convenience to the users, as they can take the help of the in-app voice assistance to have their way through the app easily. Users can easily find and play songs/music of their liking.
This functionality is quite useful to serve the users just what they need and prefer. Users’ behavior is tracked on several instances and accordingly, the content is served to them.
Here the users will be suggested music genres as per their age groups, behavior-tracking, or preferred language. The feature allows users to explore their preferred content.
Users can create both public and private playlists, where their public playlists will be visible to one and all, while the private playlist can be browsed only by the app users or the people they give choose to give access to.
Just as in any other app category, here as well loyalty programs can be run, where loyal users of the app receive perks from time to time. This further enhances app engagement and user satisfaction.
It can be beneficial to offer this functionality as this way your users have the ease to make hassle-free payments with several modes available to make payments.
The Back-end system of any app is quite complex requiring strategic implementation and for your music streaming app development to have a great back-end infrastructure, ensure it consists of these advanced functionalities:
After acquiring a sufficient music database & user base, next, you should focus on developing an advanced recommendation & discovery system. Many kinds of music streaming services out there use both audio analysis algorithms & human curation for advanced recommendation and discovery systems.
This functionality is great at offering an amazing user experience and satisfying your users, delivering music to the listeners intelligently.
Add this functionality to send an update or a notification to the users about an interesting event coming to them. The app can even allow users to buy tickets to concerts.
This functionality is helpful to track the app performance in real-time so that required measures can be timely taken to enhance the performance.
This feature is useful to analyze and track data in real-time with the use of some API users and technologies. It is useful to track user measurements, ad visitors, conversion, ad tracking, etc.
This again is crucial to ensure that the streaming quality is supreme, so that the users are fully satisfied with your app, and don’t feel like going anywhere else.
The app developers who are creating a music streaming app are required to use a specific format that can be installed within seconds and plays music sans buffering. For seamless streaming, the format used is M3u8, but the downside of this particular format is that it breaks bits into some small packets, with each packet having its limited lifespan.
It is quite a useful functionality, which allows the app users to read correct information about the system and learn more about it.
This functionality is useful to enhance marketing via emails and SMS. It helps the admin in handling the promotions, communication, user analytics & email templates.
This functionality is crucial to take care of your digital assets and manage them well, so that no issue arises in the future, of losing important stuff.
This functionality is quite important to have, as, without seamless payment integration, the users would find the payment processing frustrating, as they might end up leaving the app midway owing to the same.
Now as it comes to music streaming services, licensing plays a big role here, as licensed music services are crucial to form a trusting relationship between your app and the users.
To start with, if you are keen to have your music streaming service, then Public Performance Rights are the first thing that you require.
In the USA, it is usually handled by one of the three agencies as, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), The American Society of Composers, or Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). For music streaming in Europe, one is required to apply to the Society of European Stage Authors & Composers (SESAC). Among the different ways of licensing deals, the most common are:
Popular names like Spotify and Apple Music, on average, pay 55% and 58% respectively to these labels. Meanwhile, the licensing can be done by an app development partner from country to country with there being no global standards for it so far.
To offer a better understanding, here it has been explained with Spotify: In the case of Spotify, it has two types of licensing to stream music.
This way, Spotify signs the contract with large music labels, such as Sony Music Entertainment Group, Universal Music Group, and others, so as to easily stream music covered by the rights from these firms.
It is advised to not let go of licensing and permissions to stream music, as without it, there can be massive damages you’d be required to pay, for instance, a minimum of $750 up to a maximum of $150,000/song played. So, don’t take this one lightly.
To store the music, one can choose to use their server or may use cloud storage services, such as Azure, Google Cloud Storage, or Amazon S3. The storage server has a crucial role to play in the media platform as it handles millions of requests per second with amazing efficiency.
Often there is a tussle going on in the mind when it comes to choosing between in-house app development or outsourced app development, as both options have their pros and cons, isn’t it?
However, as it comes to music streaming app development, we can’t help but suggest you go the outsource route, as a lot is involved in the development of music streaming apps, involving advanced features, licensing, and permissions.
it can be complicated for the in-house team to handle it all, and on top of that, the cost may go high here as a big team would need to be hired consisting of developers, designers, advisors, QA Analysts, etc.
Hence, it is wise to go the experienced route and join hands with an expert music streaming app development company, which has the knack to create the best of apps and has an entire team of skilled app professionals working for them. So, they can even guide you in the process of launching the app in the app store, and how to further promote it as well.
This report coming from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) shows the global movement in the music industry across the world. For the first time, the revenues from streaming have surpassed all the other categories, such as physical products & digital downloads.
This way it is clear that in the present times, people are more than keen to pay for music streaming services instead of separate music tracks. Thus, music streaming applications can make easy profits without having to put in any special effort. So, here lets into some of the most popular ways to monetize your music streaming app.
Though there are several types of subscription models available out there, the most prominent and profitable remains the “Paid Subscription”.
In this model, only the users who have purchased the subscription will get access to your app. Like, in the case of Tidal, it has only paid plans, but the best part is that it provides its users with high-definition music especially curated by experts.
Tidal Premium costs $9.99/ month, whereas Tidal Hi-Fi, which comes with master quality audio costs $19.99/month. These apps allow users to start with a free trial, and before starting a trial, users are required to enter their card information. Once the trial ends, they are charged automatically.
Now, often users are not keen to subscribe to the paid version of the app just right away, hence there are many music streaming services that have integrated an additional business model to derive revenue with the mean of advertisements.
Advertisements are the traditional mean for monetizing a freemium mobile app. Here, as the users listen to free music streams, they are often exposed to the small banner advertisements on their screens or audio advertisements between tracks. In case, users are not keen on seeing or hearing these ads, they have the option to upgrade to premium/paid versions.
This is one means where the app can earn money by charging the artists. For instance, there is an app, SoundCloud, which offers an amazing platform for new artists to promote their songs. It is a service that is also known for its paid artists’ profiles, which provide additional options to the singers & managers.
There are three Artist profiles here: SoundCloud Basic, SoundCloud Pro, & SoundCloud Pro Unlimited. The first one is free and here the newbie singers can view song statistics & upload tracks with a total duration of three & more hours.
The second plan allows the artists to monetize their uploaded tracks, turn off the comments, as well as upload tracks with a summary duration of six hours, and can view advanced statistics of their uploaded tracks. For this plan, €7 is charged per month.
Then, the third plan is the upgraded version of the Pro Plan, where artists are enabled to schedule their track releases and have unlimited upload time. Here the price is €11 per month. Next, let’s explore the most prominent music streaming apps available out there.
It can be quite complex to tell the total cost required to develop a music streaming app at the very beginning as the development cost varies with features, number of platforms, and app development region chosen to develop the app.
In the case of the app’s mobile version, it is a lengthy affair taking a lot of development time, and most of the music streaming app development firms tend to charge on an hourly basis and with complexities involved. Meanwhile, the current standard development rate ranges from $30-$250hour,
Then on. The development cost further depends on the development region, for instance:
Thus, if you choose to develop a music streaming app by an India-based app development firm, then it will cost around $30000 to $40,0000.
If you are aiming to tap the music industry which offers a dynamic market with massive growth prospects, then you must build a music streaming application. Even though the music streaming app market is already split up among various large players, there is still a scope of many niches, that could cater to the requirements and aspirations of the customers.
If you have a unique app idea, then Arka Softwares can help you get it done. If you want to build a successful and reliable music streaming app, then we can certainly offer you our seasoned app development experts.
We can reduce onboarding hassles and ensure adequate saving of your time and resources. Give us a call, and we will transform your idea into a successful music streaming app in the best way possible.
You can develop a music streaming app using the following procedure.
1. Determine the application features
2. Select the licensing type
3. Choose reliable music streaming app development company
4. Build a captivating yet simple app UI/UX design
5. Develop the MVP version
6. Launch it and capture user feedback to make necessary upgrades
A music streaming app could cost you anywhere between $20,000 to $40,000. The actual cost depends on the features and other functionality you are aiming to offer to your users. An MVP version of an app with basic functionality may cost you around $20,000, whereas an app with features like Spotify or Shazam may cost you $40,000.
A music streaming app can make money in 3 ways.
1. Use a freemium revenue model that offers a free, basic, and advertisement-supported service.
2. By offering a Premium or Subscription based model, that doesn’t show advertisements.
3. By placing advertisements of 3rd party service providers and sponsors inside the app.
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