How to Make Music App in 2021 [5 Steps]

“COVID has accelerated the digital transformation across sectors.”Satya Nadella, The CEO of Microsoft.

When COVID hit the world, everyone locked themselves up inside the four walls. But the usage of mobile apps in recent years keeps on increasing, confirms the statement of Satya Nadela.

Even the music streaming market has shown exponential growth in the past. Look at Spotify, one of the leading music streaming service providers has raised $2.1 billion in total funding.

Being a music or audio startup company, if you have decided to create a successful music app like Spotify, this is the right opportunity. So, check this complete guide to know how to make music app.

Overview of Music App and Music Streaming Industry

According to the report of Grand View Research, the global music streaming market size is expected to expand at a CAGR of 17.8% from 2020 to 2027. Check this graph.

music streaming market size in USA

Source: Grand View Research

In fact, Music Business World also suggests that there has been a 22.6% surge in spending time on audio on-demand streaming worldwide in 2020. Also, the music streaming app market size is estimated to hit $60.5 billion by 2026.

The growing popularity of digital services and the increasing demand for smartphones are positively impacting music streaming service’s growth. Music streaming services offer audio, podcasts, local radio stations, music distribution, and music videos.

There is no denying that creating a music app is a strategic approach. Even these statistics are showing that music apps have a broad market in the upcoming years.

If you want to know how to create a music app, or how to launch your own music app, then do not delay. Targeting the right audience, developing high-end features, and using the suitable monetization model will help in music streaming app development.

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How to Make Music App in 5 Steps

Being an entrepreneur in the music industry, you can consider the following 5-steps to make a music app. We have discussed all the steps in detail. So, you know what to look for and what not to check.

  1. Identify the Best Music Apps on the App Stores

  2. Once you have a unique idea for a music streaming app, start the process with market research. In this step, you will be required to check related and top applications that are already available on Google Play Store and App Store.

    You can download those apps to check their features and overall performance. Create a list to see how well you can improvise your app with advanced app features. So, check:

    • Overall performance of the app
    • UI/UX design
    • Speed of the app
    • Feedback and ratings

    Generally, app users share their expectations and give suggestions in the ‘Reviews’ section. See what your target audience is expecting from your app and how you can give the best user experience to your customers.

    Also, try to get suggestions from your friends, coworkers, or anyone whose opinion is trustable over your app idea. Know what they suggest and how you can optimize your idea with unique functionalities to offer your target audience.

  3. Check Your Requirements

  4. After the market research, you need to identify your requirements for the music streaming app. Your app requirements could vary based on the features, type, and target audiences.

    However, we have also mentioned a list of requirements that you can consider for music app development. This way, you can also explain your mobile app requirements to the app development team.

    • Features that you want to include in your music streaming app
    • The type of app development, such as native development and cross-platform development
    • Your choice of app platform; for iOS and Android apps
    • Any specific tech stack, programming languages, or tools
  5. Understand the Key Features of Music App

  6. The app features will decide the success of your own music streaming app. So, it is essential to choose features for your app wisely. Let’s take a look at some of the basic and advanced features and functionalities that you can consider in your music streaming apps.

    • Smooth registration
    • Search bar
    • Access to social sharing
    • Music genre suggestion
    • Admin panel
    • Availability of offline music
    • Option to check lyrics
    • In-app voice assistance
    • Music player feature
    • Music recommendations using AI technology
    • Push notifications
    • Personal media files
  7. Find and Hire Music App Developers

  8. Once everything is finalized from your end, you need to find the best iOS or Android developers who can shape your app idea. Contact some of the best developers who understand your requirements and fulfill them as suggested.

    You can also hire a mobile application development company, like Space-O Technologies, who has hands-on experience in developing various music streaming apps, such as WavLinkz and Schmoozer.

    Additionally, you can consider the following factors to choose the best music app development company.

    how to select app development company

    Now your chosen developers will start the music app development process. So be ensured that you have clarified all the queries with them and they also know your requirements. This step is a crucial stage for your mobile app development process.

  9. Publish Your Music App on the App Stores

  10. Once your app is ready, publish it on its respective app platform. In most cases, app developers help in launching the mobile app on app stores. However, they require the following details to publish the app.

    • Title
    • Description
    • Category
    • Keywords
    • Launch Icon
    • Screenshots

    Please know that the submission process for the App Store may take 2-4 business days, depending on the quality of your app and how well your app has followed the iOS development guidelines.

    On the contrary, Google Play Stores doesn’t have a review process for publishing an app. Your music app will get available just after a few hours of submission.

How to Monetize Music App

It is also important to plan out various ways to monetize music streaming apps. Every business has its own plans to start earning a passive income out of it.

  1. Subscription

  2. Subscription is for the premium users who will purchase some of your exclusive services through the app. The charges may vary based on your services.

    For example, Spotify lets users purchase premium services where their friends and families (up to 6 accounts) can listen to songs and have a group session. In fact, they can block explicit songs and connect with various music cultures.

    In case you get any premium album or audio file that you want to share with the listener community who might want to purchase, offer them a chance to unlock those tracks in exchange for money directly through your music streaming app.

  3. In-app Advertisements

  4. If you want to create a music app that offers free songs, then in-app advertisements are the best option. When music lovers will enjoy free music, they may also expect ad-free songs and albums.

    They would not want to see advertisements coming up in between their favorite tracks. So, such users will have an option to upgrade their account to premium. For example, YouTube offers ad-free services for its premium users. It allows them to watch unlimited videos and listen to music without interruption by ads.

  5. Promoting Albums and Artists

  6. In fact, you can also charge the artists for promoting their albums on your music streaming app. When an artist uploads their track on your app, give them an option to purchase this service of promoting their newly launched song or an album.

    You can earn money when the artist would want to promote their album on your platform. Also, you can give some free uploads to the new singers to attract them and later charge them once they upload their initial few tracks.

  7. Event and Activities

  8. You have an option to promote various events and music activities on your mobile app. It is a fantastic business model which is used in music streaming apps. Users get push notifications whenever their favorite artists organize any event nearby to their locations.

    Provide your app users the facility to book tickets quickly. Encourage your users to purchase tickets for the events and activities through various advertisements. You can take admin charge for giving your platform as a medium to connect singers/artists with their fans. This way, you can generate revenue from your app.

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    How Much Does it Cost to Develop a Music App like Spotify?

    You need to know that various factors can influence the cost of music streaming app development. Therefore, we will consider all essential factors to share the cost to create a music app.

    We will first discuss the development cost based on the complexity of a music app.

    Where a simple music app can cost around $10,000 to $25,000, and a complex music app will charge you $80,000 – $2,00,000 due to some key features.

    AppFeaturesEstimated Cost
    Simple App
    • Registration and login
    • Search bar
    • Private music library
    • Push notifications
    $10,000 to $25,000
    Mid Level App
    • App login and registration
    • Search music with lyrics
    • Social media integration
    • Music recommendations
    • Premium account
    • Availability of offline music
    • Lyrics
    • In-app voice assistance
    $25,000 – $80,000
    Complex App
    • Smooth registration
    • Search bar
    • Access to social sharing
    • Music genre suggestion
    • Admin panel
    • Availability of offline music
    • Option to check lyrics
    • In-app voice assistance
    • Music player feature
    • Music recommendations using AI technology
    • Push notifications
    • Personal media files
    $80,000 – $2,00,000

    Now, we will also check the cost of app developers based on their locations. Yes, the location of developers also influences the app music streaming app development cost.

    LocationPer Hour Cost
    The USA & Canada$100 – $250 per hour
    Western Europe$80 – $150 per hour
    Eastern Europe$25 – $100 per hour
    India$20 – $50 per hour

    Note: The hourly rate in Eastern Europe and India is comparatively low as compared to the USA, Canada, and Western Europe.

    app development costs by regions

    In fact, we have also shared the app development cost based on its different stages. Let’s check for each phase.

    StageTimelineApp Development
    Planning and Prototyping70 – 100 hours$3,500 – $5,000
    Designing and Coding680 – 750 hours$34,000 – $37,500
    App Testing80 – 110 hours$4,000 – $5,500

    6 Best Music Streaming Apps in the Market

    Look at some of the top music streaming apps and see how well they are performing in the market. We have compared these apps based on their revenues and the number of installs.

    LogoAppRevenue (2020)Installs (Google Play Store)PriceDownload
    spotify logoSpotify$9.39 Billion1 Billion+
    • Free
    • USD 9.99
    • USD 12.99
    • USD 15.99
    • USD 4.99
    Android | iOS
    pandora logoPandora$1.69 Billion100 Million+
    • Free
    • USD 4.99
    • USD 9.99
    Android | iOS
    amazon music logoAmazon Music$25 Billion100 Million+
    • Free
    • USD 7.99
    • USD 9.99
    Android | iOS
    youtube music logoYouTube Music$15 Billion1 Billion+
    • Free
    • USD 9.99
    Android | iOS
    apple music logoApple Music$4.1 Billion50 Million+
    • Free
    • USD 4.99
    • USD 9.99
    • USD 14.99
    Android | iOS
    iheartradio logoiHeartRadio$3.6 Billion50 Million+
    • Free
    • USD 4.99
    • USD 9.99
    • USD 14.99
    Android | iOS

    We will also discuss these music apps in detail along with their features. So taking an idea from the top players of the music streaming industry will help you make your own on-demand streaming music apps. Let’s check.

    1. Spotify

    2. Spotify is a Swedish audio streaming and media services provider having 158 million premium subscribers worldwide. Spotify’s subscriber base has increased dramatically in recent years and this number has doubled since 2017.

      spotify subscribers

      Source: Statista

      Spotify is the most flexible option for the listeners if they want streaming music without paying. It has a free and ad-supported tier that lets you enjoy unlimited music with more than 70 million songs. Also, Spotify runs across various devices, from a smart speaker to a mobile device.

      spotify

      Source: Spotify

      Provides a wide range of functionalities such as the ability to search for any track, artist or album, play music while using another app, design your customized playlist, and provide shuffle play based on your choice of songs.

      Top Features of Spotify:

      • Play Spotify on Facebook
      • Provides a listening history
      • Get offline access to songs
      • Follow your friends and favorite artists
    3. Pandora

    4. Pandora is a subscription-based music streaming service app with more than 63.5 million active monthly users and 6.2 million subscribers. It is a freemium music streaming service that gives instant access to your favorite artists and podcasts, along with the most recent singles and releases.

      pandora

      Source: Pandora

      Take Pandora with you wherever you go to enjoy your own private playlist or podcast experience. Voice mode, the new feature of Pandora enables users to search, play, pause, and adjust volume with a simple voice command.

      Top Features of Pandora:

      • Find your favorite songs and listen to personalized recommendations
      • Tap on podcasts to find over 1,400 podcasts, including SiriusXM shows
      • Six different modes for listening to music, such as discovery, new release, and deep cuts
      • Download the music for offline listening
    5. Amazon Music

    6. Amazon Music is a music streaming platform that is operated by Amazon. It has more than 55 million subscribers who enjoy Amazon Music HD, a new tier of lossless quality music.

      amazon music

      Source: Amazon Music

      Amazon Music has over 70 million songs for a wide variety of target audiences. Most of the songs are in high definition (16bit/44.1kHz) and in ultra high definition (24(bit)/44(kHz), 24/48, 24/96, 24/192).

      The best part is that Amazon Music is included with Prime. This means, with unlimited music, you get free access to watch thousands of Prime videos. Above all, listeners can enjoy free streaming music without the requirement of a credit card.

      Top Features of Amazon Music:

      • 70 million songs, 6 million podcast episodes, including Amazon originals
      • Stream music videos, including video playlists
      • Can upgrade to Amazon Music HD at no extra charges
      • 5M+ songs in Ultra HD (up to 10X+ bitrate)
    7. YouTube Music

    8. YouTube Music is a music streaming services provider, launched in 2015. It is a subsidiary of Google and was developed by YouTube. Users listen to millions of songs and videos based on their favorite tracks, genres, playlists, and recommendations.

      youtube music

      Source: YouTube Music

      It also offers a premium tier for ad-free playback audios and access to download songs for offline playback. In fact, these subscription services are also offered to the subscribers of Google Play Music and YouTube Premium.

      The music streaming services of this app is available in more than 100 countries and are well-known in these countries. Therefore, it has managed to gain 1 billion installs on Play Store.

      Top Features of YouTube Music:

      • Personalized playlists and mixes for your song interests
      • More than 70 million songs, including live performances, covers, and remixes
      • Create playlists with song recommendations and collaborate with other music fans
      • Personalized music library to check liked and added songs, playlists, artists, and albums
      • Compatible with Google Maps, Waze, and Google Assistant
    9. Apple Music

    10. Apple Music is also a video and music streaming service provider. It is developed by Apple Inc. and offers on-demand music services to its users. This includes the Internet radio stations Music 1, Music Hits, and Music Country. This facility is available to over 200 countries 24 hours a day. For new subscribers, Apple Music offers a three-month free trial period initially.

      apple music

      Source: Apple Music

      Apple Music has always been praised for its playlist curation with a vast music library of songs (70 million songs). It is available for both platforms, Android and iOS, for streaming music. Now, it has over 60 million subscribers around the world as of June 2019.

      Users can also follow along to their favorite songs with time-synced lyrics. This feature lets users enjoy it even more. Along with this, it is easy to create your own music playlists or personalized mix suggestions based on your favorite tracks.

      Top Features of Apple Music:

      • New members get a three-month free trial that they can cancel anytime
      • Explore all-new stations that offer thousands of exclusive shows created by famous artists
      • Easy to search for music or song from its lyrics in the app
      • Follow friends using your free account to check what they are listening to and what they shared
      • Watch exclusive interviews, live performances, and music your favorite artists
    11. iHeartRadio

    12. iHeartMedia offers you thousands of live radio stations and millions of music and podcasts. It specializes in radio broadcasting and has over 850 full-power AM and FM stations in the USA, making it the country’s largest owner of AM and FM stations.

      iheartradio

      Source: iHeartRadio

      This app allows you to listen to various news, sports, music, podcasts, and comedy. It also streams several sports radio stations like ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio. iHeartRadio has also emerged as a top podcast app.

      You can listen to the podcasts at your desired speed of 0.5x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, and 2x. With that, enjoy thousands of hand-curated playlists on the iHeartRadio music app for free. It is organized based on your moods, activities, and genres for the perfect moment.

      Top Features of iHeartRadio:

      • Download podcast episodes from the app to listen offline
      • Explore popular trending shows every Monday for the refreshed top 100 chart
      • Easy to follow your favorite podcasts and personalities
      • Listen to some top sports personalities discuss the latest news around the NBA, Soccer, and Tennis

    Frequently Asked Questions About Music App Development

    How to hire music app developers?

    There are several websites you can check to hire the top app developers for your music app.

    What are the types of music streaming mobile apps?

    • Radio Station
    • Server-based Music Library
    • Cloud Storage

    What are some advanced features of a music streaming app?

    Here are some of the best key features that you can consider while you build a music streaming app.

    • Offer music offline
    • Lyrics
    • Events calendar
    • In-app voice assistance
    • Public and personal playlists
    • Music suggestions with AI technology

    How long does it take to build a music streaming app?

    It takes 2-6 months to create a music streaming app. This range varies because of different factors, such as the complexity of the mobile apps, location of developers, features, and functionalities that you want to include in your music app.

    Conclusion

    We hope all this information will help you to make the right decision for developing the best music app. Now, you know the steps to make a music app and the factors to consider while hiring a reliable music app developer.

    You can also hire our expert team of iOS and Android developers. Discuss your music app idea with us as we have experienced in developing more than 3500 apps. In fact, we have developed Spotify-like music apps for clients, such as the WavLinkz app and the Schmoozer app.

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Author Bio
Bhaval Patel
Bhaval Patel
Designation: Director (Operations)

Bhaval Patel is the Director (Operations) at Space-O Technologies. He has over 20 years of experience in business management and sales. He has expertise in taxi booking app solutions and on-demand applications. Under his guidance, Space-O has developed 50+ Uber-like taxi apps on both iOS and Android platforms.