Technology is changing day by day, thereby it is also changing the lives of people these days. For instance, in the earlier days, people used to download the songs for listening whenever they want, but now, people are migrating towards the usage of online streaming. There are so many apps like Spotify which is ruling the music streaming mobile apps. As per the Statista, over 100 million uses use on-demand streaming mobile app, and by 2016, Spotify, a popular music streaming app, is reported to have 15million users of apple music and 30 million paid users. Owing to this trend, there exist a high demand for music streaming apps which can stream even on low bandwidth connection seamlessly.
How Much Does it Cost to Develop a Music Streaming App Like Spotify
Revenue from Music Streaming Apps
In 2017, it is accounted for about US$6,637m
As per CAGR 2017-2021, it showed an annual growth rate of 12.7%, thus further leading to the market shares of US$20,691m in2021.
User penetration is expected to raise to 29.4% by 2021 from 26.0%.
Current average revenue per user, ARPU is US$6.50
It accounts for US$2,989m in 2017, which is the maximum revenue generated in US.
Types of Music Applications:
There are various mobile music apps are listed below
Music Editing App
Music Streaming app
Music learning app
Music identification app
Apps for music bands.
Important Features of Music Streaming Mobile App
Above mentioned statistics proves that development of music streaming app is one of the most successful arena to invest. And following are critical features of an music streaming mobile app which has to be included
Audience Captive UI UX
Login/Registration: After the installation of the app, the user need to get registered by providing their basic details like name, age, contact number, country, and such. This data can be used by the developers for future purposes like for tracking and such. Also, developers can know the taste of the particular using by analyzing the types of songs which they are preferring. User can perform this task of registration via mail or using any other social media platforms.
Music Playlist/Home Page: Over the app, there are so many number of songs made available, user can choose the one which they want. The number of songs can be made limited as per the access level. Developer can also create some categories like Top 5, Latest Hits, etc. this section can be made as attractive as possible in order to attract and stay attracted to the app.
Discover/Search: Though the music app contains so much of data, it is very important to make available to the user easily. The search option on the app need to be made easy for the user to find their favorite songs, albums and such.
Share on social media: The various songs or the albums on the app can be made accessible to share it on social media. This will also account for the publicity of the app.
Push Notifications: when the songs or the albums of user choice are shared over social media, it’s updated via push notifications is mandatory. When the music tracked shared by the user are liked the user will be notified.
Offline Music: User can also download their favorite songs and can storage in their device’s internal storage. This serves very useful especially when the user’s data is exhausted.
Bitrate Matters: The best and commonly used format for uninterrupted music streaming is M3u8, this is absolutely very important because, user can best enjoy the music only when it has no interruptions. The format in which the songs are presented matters a lot in delivering the best of the best experience to the user.
Music quality: The quality of the music is one of the deciding factor of user experience with the app. For flawless quality of the music, lossless or FLAC is used. The preferred size of the ear pod is 320kbits/sec, rather than 128kbits/sec.
Personalization: This serves a lot for providing the best user experience. The app developer need to take care about the easy switching of themes, suggest some related songs, and all such things will undoubtedly enhance the user experience.
There are various mobile music apps are listed below
Provision of ticket booking for musical events
Maintain event calendar
Add chat functionalities
Create categorized sections like themed radio, user’s favorite
Mark favorite songs or albums.
Accessible to various languages.
Types of Music Applications
Back end Technologies:
Use of Amazon S3 for storage
Use of Graphwalker
Use of Google cloud platform or Dataproc
Use of chromium embedded framework(CEF) for desktop
Use of HTTP and proxy servers.
Amazon S3 or Google cloud storage or Azure or any such storage serves are used for storing the thousands of requests
Content Deliver Networks (CDNS): This serves for better media security. Serves of cloud streaming or own servers can be used for configuring.
Audio/video transcoding: this is important to support all the major browsers and devices. So, the usage of Open source software like FFMPEG or any other third party solutions like Amazon elastic transcoder is used which helps back end process in transcoding the media files.
Digital Right Management (DRM): Serves for content protection.
Media Server Configuration: configuring with HTTP, HTTPS, RTMP helps in supporting all kinds of browsers
Player configuration: based on internet speed of the device, player configuration can be configured on both mobile and desktop
Music Intelligence Algorithm
App developer can curate or track the recommendation algorithms through the following three ways:
Using audio analysis
Curation of music data by human medium
A mix of the both these.
Algorithm should be designed in such a way that it should be able to sort of the tracks which are liked and which are disliked by the user. This can be achieved by analyzing the feedbacks given by the user and accordingly suggestions can be provided.
Braintree & PayPal – for accepting payments
GWT – for Powerful Programming
Bandwidth, Twilio – for Push Notifications
Nexmo – for SMS, Voice and Phone Varification
Datastax – for Data Management
Mandrill – for everything related to emails
Smart and Unique Ideas:
In order to get success in this competitive world, one has to prove itself in a unique fashion. Same as the music streaming apps, though there are so many music streaming apps, why only some of the music streaming apps are succeeding over others? The answer is quiet simple, they are adopting unique and smarter ways to reach user’s requirement.
For instance, Spotify app, will not just present the user with their required music track, rather it will understand whether the user is listening it for the first time or not. In yes, then Spotify streams it form the hard drive cache and in other case, it will extract it in fragments from the users who have already played the song. This kind of smart move making it possible to reduce the lot on server.
Not only Spotify, but any of the music streaming app, should see to it that it delivers the services legally. User is using these apps, so as to escape from buying the albums, but the music streaming apps cannot play it without getting rights of the particular music album. The laws for getting the rights on the music albums in US can be from many agencies like American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Whereas in Europe, these rights are given by European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC). Also, one has to get license contents from the following companies –
- The Most demanded labels are Sony Music, Warner Bros, and Universal Music Group.
- For indie artists, there are Independent aggregators like Merlin Network
- From Music publishers like Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group.
All these licensing agencies grant the rights through the following
- Through equity
- By offering payments for future streams in advance
- According to the stream rate
- By some percentage on the revenue
So How Much Does It Cost To Develop a Music Streaming App
On an average, cost to develop Music Streaming app is in the range of $30-$40, involving all the charges of Quality Assurance and the Testing Team, UX/UI designers, bank end developers. Also, the charges vary according to the location, as
US based companies charge- $50 – $250/hour
Western Europe based companies charge- $30-$170/hour
Eastern Europe based companies charge- $20-$150/hour
India based companies charge- $10 to $80/hour