How to Build a Music Streaming Website: A Step-By-Step Manual

Are you wondering how to build a music streaming website or app? If yes, this guide will help you learn what you need and how to make your own music app.

If you have a passion for music, you can make real money if you build a music app. Music apps are incredibly popular these days. Sites like Spotify have more than 180 million subscribers, and they keep growing and growing.

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Everyone loves music on demand, after all. This article will show you how to build a music streaming website that really works for you!

How to Build a Music App

Before you can make your own music app, you need to come up with a good idea. Study a few popular mobile apps (like Spotify, Apple Music, etc.) and make notes of the things you like and don’t like about them. You should also read their customer and app store reviews to get an idea of what people want from them (but aren’t getting).

There are different types of streaming services you choose from, including:

  • Music media libraries
  • Cloud storage platforms
  • Radio stations

You might want to combine some of the features of each one to build your own. Once you have a good idea, you can create a music streaming app by completing the following steps:

Doing the Legal Stuff

Before you develop a music streaming Android app or iOS app, you need a license to compensate the legal owners. If you don’t follow licensing, you may face copyright penalties. You should get in touch with a performing rights organization like SESAC, BMI, ASCAP, and various record labels.

UX/UI Development

You need to create an app that is intuitive and easy to use. Make sure that you have a skilled team of UI/UX developers that can work with music streaming apps and help put together a prototype.


Your users will demand certain features from your app. You’ll need a few standard features, including:

  • User Registration: Users will need to register so that they can pay for your services and personalize their music experience.
  • Search: Users need the ability to look for music by genre, artists, or other options. If they can’t find what they are looking for, they won’t enjoy the app.
  • Sharing: Users should be able to follow artists and other users to share music.
  • Audio Streaming: The app should provide high-quality audio in a streaming format to listeners. This music should be organized in playlists or libraries.
  • Advanced Features: A recommendation engine and social sharing options will greatly enhance the users’ experience.

What You Need

We’ve looked at how to start a music app, but not at who will do the actual work. You’ll need a solid team of skilled developers to build an app from start to finish. You’ll need a project manager, UI/UX designer, a few Android developers, iOS developers, back-end engineers, and QA engineers.

A site like Spotify uses several programming languages, including Python and JavaScript, the Hadoop and Hub framework, and cloud storage like Amazon S3. They also use the PostgreSQL and Cassandra databases.

You could try to hire the developers on your own, locally, but this can take a lot of time and money. Most companies hire ready-made offshore teams in countries like Ukraine, China, or India to do the development work. This gives you access to more affordable, experienced teams that can build an app in record time.

You also don’t need to supply equipment or premises for the team, which can be another cost-saver. Depending on how complex the app is, you should have a working app in just a few months.

How to Monetize Your App

You have several options when it comes to making money from your app. You can make the app available for free and sell advertising or have artists pay to feature their music on the app.

You could also offer some features for free and then make your money through subscriptions that unlock a premium version.


If you want to build a music app, you need a team of skilled developers that know how to bring your vision to life, adding many complex features to the premise if required. Once you have the right team, it becomes much easier to build and launch a music app to rival Spotify and Apple Music!

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