Music remains the only things people can’t do without for centuries. And with smartphones, its role has become even more significant. Music streaming market is one of the most competitive now since the demand for such apps is growing. There is a dime a thousand of things to consider before going for a mobile music streaming app. First of all, decide on the app type. It’s as easy as ABC, you may think. However, three types of music streaming apps should be distinguished:
- Music Library
You create a server-based music library. All you need is to give your users access to it. You may create several subscriptions (free, premium, premium plus, etc.). Or sell songs and albums at fair prices.
- Cloud Storage
With such an app, users can download, store, and stream songs anytime and anywhere.
- Radio Stations
To develop such kind of apps, you have to find and sort out radio stations according to themes, music styles, and other criteria. Then radio stations will be streamed to home audio, tablets, PCs, and other mobile devices.
The development process, as well as strategy, depends on the type of a music streaming app. To read more on how to develop a music streaming app.
Another decisive factor is a set of features you’re going to pack your streaming app with. There usually is a list of required features. And you can add your own out-of-the-ordinary features to win over the users.
How To Arrange Data Storage?
Your first concern is arranging of data storage where music files will be stored. Yeah, you should take care of a backend server with the support of digital music streaming. Here AWS (Amazon Web Services) come especially useful.
Moreover, you can do without any third-party APIs. You can always build a self-hosted server. But the development time may increase. If you decide to build a self-hosted server, you will upload audio files into a readable directory. Another question to cover is licensing, but we are going to talk about it in our forthcoming articles.
Must-Have Features of Music Streaming Apps
Whatever mobile app you are going to develop, there always is a list of typical features. And music streaming apps aren’t exceptions. We’ve found out what features your music streaming app is likely to have.
Not any music streaming app need registration or authentication. It depends on the app services. Of course, you can create a free music app and let anyone use it without creating personal accounts. But if you are going to monetize your app by providing premium features, registration, as well as personal profiles, are the things you can’t omit.
There are many ways to implement authentication. One of the most progressive options is social network authentication via Facebook, Twitter, etc. To add more, users can register via emails or mobile numbers.
Users tend to search their favorite tracks in music apps. Here is the point to consider implementing a search to help users discover new music. Moreover, think about adding a chat option. Communication with like-minded people may ensure that users will stay loyal and use the app for years.
Users are likely to search for the music tracks by titles, artists, albums, genre, etc. Offering alternative options such as search by years or music studios can make your music streaming app more attractive for users.
Another great thing to mention is recommendations based on the previous downloads or playlists. And playlist is a next feature we’re going to talk about.
- Libraries & Playlists
A music streaming app can’t do without libraries and playlists. What’s more, users will appreciate if you let them sort their songs, playlists, albums in their music libraries.
- Social Media Integration
It’s not a secret that social networks are the first to be checked in the morning. So the chances that users will share songs or playlists they have liked are highly especially if the app features Facebook or any other social network authentication. Moreover, it’s a great opportunity to promote the app for a song.
- Online & Offline Access
To put it simply, there are still places with a bad Internet connection or without the access to it such as subways. And lots of people like listening to music while commuting. It’s a point to integrate an offline mode and let users store local copies of songs on their mobile devices.
But then the question “Where should the copies be stored?” arises. Not everyone has phones with high storage capacity, but they want to listen to music, too. And what to do? The solution is obvious – online mode.
Instead of conclusions
Here are the most general features that every music streaming app has. A key to a successful streaming app lies in its unique features. Try to add something out-of-the-ordinary to your future mobile music streaming application such as personalization, possibility to upload music files, etc. There are lots of features that can help you develop an outstanding mobile app.
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