Everyone seems to applaud such industry giants as Spotify, Pandora or Apple Music. Their success makes ingenious entrepreneurs think of how to start their own music app. Indeed, the market holds much space for another nice streaming service. However, it gets harder to reach market heights. What is the key to success? Take extra care about the features of your music streaming app.
How to create a music streaming service?
A typical development process of a music streaming app includes the following steps:
- Market Investigation
- Technical specifications
- UI/UX design
- Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
- Release and support
You can choose to complete certain stages either by yourself or to hire a professional team (in-house/outsource). Recently we have published a full guide to music streaming app development. Today we focus more precisely on the features.
Music streaming market trends worldwide
A feeling that the market is already oversaturated is nothing else than an illusion, well-developed by current market players. In fact, the demand grows along with requirements: users become pickier. Your task is to create a unique feature solving current listeners’ struggles which market giants do not offer.
The streaming industry holds both strong potential and some space for experiments. However, it also requires thorough research of your target users: their lifestyle and everyday preferences. Based on these conclusions, you will be able to modify your future app.
Must-have features for a music streaming app
1. Registration and Login Authentication
Not only does this step help you build a strong community, but also to provide a highly personalized experience for your users. You might ask for age and zip-code to suggest popular music among certain user categories. Otherwise, simply put direct questions about user’s music preferences.
2. Social media integrations
The tricky moment at the registration/login stage is not to look over-annoying. An appealing UI/UX design and social media integrations might assist with this challenge.
3. Discovery (browsing)
Advanced search is one of the most demanded features. Let users search not only by the song name or artist but also by mood, genre, remixes, etc.
Clear navigation and interface means your users feel comfortable to intuitively navigate through the app.
5. Music Categorization
Users must feel flexibility to search the tracks and artists. For a smooth experience, you might provide categorization by playlists, genres, popularity, other ratings, year of recording, mood, activities, etc. Both browsing and music arrangement are among key moments to impress your potential customers.
This might be a pain-point at the development stage. You have to create a unique algorithm which can suggest users various playlists and songs based on their preferences. The app might base on either user behavior (the most played songs, favorite artists, skipped songs, etc.) or collaborative filtering (music preferences of like-minded users).
7. Music Collections
Curated playlists do not only ease the user experience. They reveal your style and knowledge in the industry and help your app to become trend-setting. Over half of US listeners say music collections are among the most important features.
8. Music Player
Listening to music should feel easy and natural: build shuffling, timing and tuning options in the player. A user might want to feature favorite songs or arrange them into personal playlists.
Advanced features to implement further
Ensure both are easy to access straight from the homepage. Later, your app can get a newsfeed with recent industry updates and top releases.
10. Push Notifications
Inform your users about the events nearby, latest music news or favorite artist’s releases. Frankly speaking, the user won’t listen to your app throughout all day. Notifications will kindly remind them about you while bringing useful updates alongside.
11. Download/Save option – Offline access
This feature can drastically ease the user experience with a simple download button straight at the playlist screen.
12. Pre-save option
Another upgrade option is pre-saving. Some albums are already announced but not available for listening. Therefore, you might offer users to get it downloaded automatically once the album appears at the service.
13. Sharing options
The above-mentioned social media integration not only simplifies the authentication process. It provides a space for building an app community through such features as sharing songs with friends, for example.
Extra music app features to stand out
This simple integration can turn average listeners into your loyal fans. Often users want not only to listen to the song but to read lyrics and learn more information about the recording: label, year, awards, etc.
15. Voice Search and Commands
Another way to upgrade your streaming app is by integrating voice commands. With the voice search becoming more and more common, this is a solution which can ease the user experience.
16. Private Mode
If a user doesn’t want certain music to impact further recommendations, a private mode feature will be of great help.
17. Artists Profiles
Users are not the only stakeholders you should care about. Musicians are another important part of the app success. Listeners are usually willing to follow favorite artists, their updates as well as to get artists’ exclusives. According to Statista, nearly half of US residents say this feature is among the most important points.
18. Content Upload
An additional feature that can make your app stand out of the crowd. Sometimes users wish to upload their own audio to listen to and share with friends. Otherwise, you can add synchronization of the phone music library and your streaming service.
19. The ability to stream on smart home devices
While it is no wonder that the internet surfer uses a few devices throughout the day, the ability to stream on multiple devices is vitally important. In fact, almost 70% of the US listeners highlighted this feature as important.
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