build an app like Spotify

Spotify has become a synonym for music streaming services just like Netflix became one for video streaming. If you are here in the hopes of developing your own Spotify like the app, you are in the right place.

Music has been a part of humans since we were monkeys (Proof Darwin’s law of Evolution). Music is one of the most primary sources of entertainment that will never go out. Music streaming startups are a very lucrative startup that has been on the rise since the last couple of years.

Just to boost your confidence in the idea to build an app like Spotify, here are a few fascinating statistics on how Spotify is doing this year.

How Well Is Spotify Doing in 2019:

Spotify currently has over 180 million active listeners across 65 countries.

Spotify has more than 83 million paid subscribers and stakes in about 40% of the global music streaming market.

Spotify has a user base that is roughly twice as large as Apple Music (2nd largest player).

Spotify is worth about $200 per share, or roughly $36 billion.

Users spend an average of 17 hours listening to music on Spotify and about 52% of them accessing music on their phones.

What did Spotify change?

So, how did Spotify become the best music streaming platform? What did they do differently?

Spotify streams music just like other apps of its category, but the way it does this is what made it different. Spotify streams music without any delays. To do that, it uses a peer-to-peer (P2P) network which turns all application users into microservers for interactive data exchange.

Spotify doesn't stream from a single central server to play a particular track but searches for nearby mobile devices that have this record stored in their cache. So Spotify collects a song or even whole playlist from small fragments stored on the devices of other users.

If you have the song in your cache, then Spotify won’t address third-party servers. Instead, it just retrieves the needed data from your cache folder and plays your song offline.

How to build an app like Spotify?

Now to answer the most awaited question. Here is how you can build your own app like Spotify.

Designing: The first step to app development is designing. How the app its screen and objects look like.

The first step of designing is Wireframing. Consider a wireframe like a skeleton of your app. A blueprint, mostly in black and white that describes the app's general concept.

Then come the Mockup. The mockup is a colorful static picture of the screens of the app. It reveals how the icons will look like, the buttons' shapes, and the spaces, etc.

The final step of designing is the Prototype. It is an interactive model that is to demonstrate how the app will look and feel. This model can tap, drag and swap to allow the user to see the results of such actions.

Development: Now that the design is finalized, the front-end and back-end developers start coding according to the completed design.

First, the Basic App Features are built like Account registration, Music streaming, and Music arrangement. These are must-have features for any music streaming app however basic.

Then comes the development of Advance App Features like Push Notification, Offline mode, In-App purchase, etc. One of the most trending app features is Social Interactions (to share songs and playlists with friends, recommendation, etc.).

Testing:You can never launch your app without proper testing for bugs and errors.

Begin from local server testing within company QA testers and once all the bugs are solved from this phase move to next. Beta testing with normal app users will give you the idea of how people will respond to your app and what you need to change in terms of UI/UX and design of the app.

Deploy: Deploy the app to the app market for users to download and use.

The app development company that you hire to develop your music streaming app should be the one that helps you deploy your app to the respective app market.

Final Word

Spotify like music streaming service is one of the safest bets when it comes to investing in a new startup. You can create such a service for the broad audience or go for a more niche approach with a particular user base or genre and artist category of music.

But for any business approach, you will need a very advanced and robust music streaming app development company that not just understands your vision but also contribute their originality into it.

Author's Bio: 

Paresh Sagar is the CEO of Excellent Webworld, IoT, Web and Mobile App Development Company that helps startups and enterprises to enable mobility solutions. He’s an avid blogger and writes on all the latest technology trends.