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Music Streaming App Development - Develop a Next Great Music Streaming App like Spotify

Music Streaming App Development - Develop a Next Great Music Streaming App like Spotify

Interested in Music Streaming App Development? Want to create a Music streaming app like Spotify? 

Building a Music Streaming App can be complex, however, this complete article can help you do it.

The market for music streaming apps is growing enormously. Music streaming apps like Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora are playing big in the industry and the market still has a lot of rooms for new applications.

According to Statista, Music Streaming Market Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2021-2025) of 9.69%, resulting in a projected market volume of US$33,372m by 2025.

What is a Music Streaming App?

Music Streaming Apps is an application that provides users with access to millions of songs, videos and other content from artists all over the world. The access to songs are available for both free and premium(i.e Fee) to the users. Users can search songs based on artist, album, or genre, download them and can listen to them at their convenient time. 

Do you know about the popular Music Streaming App Spotify? Look at the video to know more about it.

Music Streaming Apps - Interesting Statistics & Facts

  • In 2019, music streaming revenue hit 11.4 billion U.S. dollars worldwide, more than 28 times the figure recorded a decade ago. 
  • By the end of 2025, music streaming revenue is Projected to reach $33.3 Billion.
  • According to Statista, There are 186.7 million digital music users in the United States.
  • According to the Digital Market Outlook, the number of users in the Music Streaming segment worldwide in 2025 will be around 933.2 million.
  • The number of music streaming subscribers worldwide amounted to 400 million, up from just under 305 million at the end of the first half of 2019.


Popular Music Streaming Apps 

There are a lot of music streaming apps available in the market and more numbers are entering the market with huge expectations. Every music streaming giant today was once fresh to the market. It is how they projected them and made a mark. Here are the popular Music Streaming Apps that made a stand out,

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Pandora
  • Tidal
  • SoundCloud Go
  • YouTube Music
  • Google Play Music 

How to Build a Music Streaming App like Spotify?

Here are the steps for building a music streaming app like spotify. 

Music Streaming App Licensing Requirements

The first and foremost step in building the Audio streaming App is getting a license. To Build a Music Streaming App you need to get a license first. This is legal difficulty that every individual who plans to build the music streaming app faces. Every country has its own regulations and rules. If you need to start your own music streaming app you need to meet the requirements and apply for a license. 

  • For Example If you wish to start your Music Streaming App around United States you should apply for license with American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI)
  • If you wish to start your service in European Country then you should apply for a license with  European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC).
  • Likewise in India you should get a license from Phonographic Performance Ltd. (PPL)

So it is necessary to get a license based on the regulations of the country you are choosing.

Design the Scope of the App

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

After knowing the legal steps in building the music streaming app, you need to analyze your scope of the App. You should analyze your business and collect business requirements. 

Here are some questions that you should get answers before building your App.

  • What should your app offer? 
  • What are the monetization models my app should have?
  • What features should I integrate? 
  • On Which platform should i build my App?

Monetize your Music Streaming App

The main parts of Music streaming app development is monetization. If you don't pick the right monetization model for your app you are not going to see any ROI. You have been definitely waiting for this step on how to get high ROI through your Music streaming app. So here it is. Here are the widely used monetization models:


This model is not new but has been widely used among most streaming services and websites. Here the Businesses will create profiles and pay you a certain fee to show their ads in your app. 


Here the user will have free access to some basic features of your app. But to get access to exclusive or premium features, users need to pay a subscription fee so that they can get that access for a specific period of time. Once the subscription is over, they have to renew it.

Features of Music Streaming App

As I said before the market for music streaming apps are highly competitive but that doesn't mean you cannot become successful. Everything depends on how you engage users to your app. To engage users and retain them you must have some unique features that your competitors don't provide in their app. When you are planning for your Music Streaming App development, consider including these features in your list,

  1. Account Registration, Profile creation and Login option for the users.
  2. Advanced Search option that lets users to search using various filters such as playlists, tracks, genres, and artists
  3. A user-friendly UI is important.
  4. Should be compatible across various devices
  5. Your app should allow users to download songs for hearing offline.
  6. Advanced security practices to protect songs from hacking.
  7. Push Notification to keep users updated about new music or albums.
  8. Integration with social media to share content to friends.
  9. Offer in-app purchases.
  10. Your app should be compatible with Multi Screens.
  11. Ability to stream on smart home devices.
  12. Ease of Making and Curated Playlists.
  13. Your app should have monetization features.
  14. Your app needs a payment gateway integration. 

Here are the most important features of music streaming services in the United States in the 1st quarter of 2020


How Much Does it Cost to Build a Music Streaming App?

Here are the critical factors that play a major role in App development cost.

  • Getting License
  • Features of the App
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Location and Hourly rate of your developers.
  • Platforms of your App (Android, iOS or Both)
  • Payment Gateway integration
  • Testing of the App

The cost of the music streaming app really depends on the complexity and features to be added. A simple music streaming app will cost around $5000 to $25000 upwards for single OS or for both Android & iOS OS. If you want to cut down the development cost you can first develop your app for a single OS and later for another one. The more features you need in your app the cost will vary accordingly. So consider the important features first. To know the exact cost contact an expert mobile app development company like MacAndro.



Here in this article we have described several steps that could ease your music streaming app development process. Building a Music Streaming app is all about amazing ideas and skilled developers to do it. If you have both then your app could be next Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora. We MacAndro a professional Mobile App Development Company with a team of skilled Mobile App Developers who can turn your amazing ideas into a reality. We help you build your Music Streaming app that will attract users and get you high ROI.

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