Gone are the days when people used to purchase walkman, radio, record player, MP3, and other devices to listen to music. Like many other modern applications, mobile apps have made it easy to listen to music. Thus, it should come as no surprise that more than 85 percent of users listen to music via on-demand streaming services. If you plan to create a music streaming app, then consider taking the following steps.
Come Up with an Idea
To begin with, you must have an idea about how your app will look like and run on your users’ devices. Do some research and check popular mobile apps like Spotify and SoundCloud. Check out their features and experience and try to understand what makes them stand out from the rest. However, do not try to clone popular streaming platforms. Instead, get an inspiration about how to create a unique app that can become popular among music lovers.
Know Your Target Audience
Once your research on other music streaming apps has ended, you have to study your target audience—the people who will use your app. Learn all about their music preferences, age, location, and other relevant information. For instance, if a considerable part of your user-base comes from a specific country, then make sure to provide them with relevant local music recommendations. You also have to see how much users are willing to pay, in order to set your pricing strategy for advanced features.
One of the challenges of creating a music streaming app is licensing. Music streaming apps have to consider the laws that are applicable when offering music to users. This means that for each music stream, you have to compensate their legal owners. If you do not follow licensing, you may face copyright penalties. Usually, a song is known to have two copyrights.
- The first copyright is associated with the recording of the sound, and the record label owns it.
- The second copyright is associated with the composition, which includes the lyrics and melody. The publishing company or the songwriter owns this type of copyright.
You are also required to have a public performance license for streaming songs. To get this license, you have to contact a performing rights organization. These companies gather and provide royalties to the publishers and songwriters. For US-based users, the organizations to contact are SESAC, BMI, and ASCAP.
In order to acquire a license for sound recording, you have to contact record labels and finalize a deal. In case you need indie music streaming, you have to contact certain digital rights agencies that offer a license for independent labels, such as the Merlin Network.
Once you have done all the initial research and acquired the relevant licenses, now is the time to build your music streaming app from scratch. To do this, you have to consider several factors like which technology stacks will be used and whether you will require native development or hybrid development.
Do not try to settle with the cheapest developers. Instead, interview them and learn about their skills and user experience. Try to hire someone who has previously created a music streaming app and check their app to assess their expertise on the domain. No matter how good your idea is: if you hire a wrong developer, then all of your hard work can go down the drain.
At a bare minimum, your music streaming app should have the following features.
For starters, you have to create a registration module for your users so they can personalize their music streaming experience. To do this, they are required to type in their personal information and music preferences. It is important to ensure that the registration process is as short and convenient as possible or else you risk losing your customer base. There should also be social media login features so users with Gmail, Facebook, and other social media pages can log in easily with just a few taps.
Once users get registered, they should have a profile through which they can manage and update their playlists. Moreover, they are allowed to not only share tracks but also upload their own songs.
Users should be able to search and sort music based upon different genres, years, artists, and other options. The users should be able to smoothly navigate around the app to find their favorite songs. This navigation experience is an area where you can create a better experience for your users in comparison to other music apps. This is because users demand speed and convenience so their favorite tracks are fetched instantly. Thus, your searching and sorting strategy have to be top notch. After selecting the music, they should offer ample customization which can help them to create and edit playlists.
Users should be allowed to follow and make friends with other bands, musicians, and users. This can help them share their favorite tracks with like-minded fans.
Since all mobiles support push notifications, your app should also use this feature to inform your users about a new song release, app update, or a friend request. In this way, they can be assured that they are always aware of what is happening with their favorite musicians and bands.
Make sure that your music streaming app can access the storage of the mobile. Mobile users cannot always access the internet. Therefore, you should allow them to store their favorite files on the storage of your device for offline use.