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5 May

How difficult is it to build another Spotify?

By Bartłomiej Rgacewicz
Streaming services changed the way we consume music, movies or series. We are living in the era of non-stop streaming channels and the user chooses which one is interesting for him. Recently someone asked us – how difficult it is to build another Spotify? That’s why we decided to find out.

Apps are the tools

In the subscription-based model, when we want users to consume our content on a daily basis, the whole idea of the app is completely different than it used to be. We are not selling our app as a product, we are offering our app to consume our products.

In Spotify case, there are two groups of users – the creators and the consumers.

If you are a singer, a producer or a music label owner, you are a creator or you are responsible for someone’s music. It doesn’t matter, because the most important thing is that you want people to hear your music and like it. That’s why you want to find a channel which would offer you the perfect conditions to achieve it. If your music is good, it would get popular, and when it is popular, here’s when you get paid.

What makes the perfect streaming service? – Huge numbers

Have you ever seen a streaming service so niche that only a minor group of people were using it? Me neither. Why? It won’t be able to make any profit if its audience is small. Yep, this is where Spotify wins. It provides music labels and artists with a convenient tool and ready to listen users – consumers who want the best experience and broad music library.

All this information provides us with an idea of the most important functionalities of the software which we want to build.

Firstly, we need to build a server app which provides us with 24/7 available music library. We should also remember about high maintenance hours when our server is occupied by a vast majority of the users. This requires some service and support to make sure that everything works smooth.

Then, we should build a web app, which is going to work as a panel for artists and music labels. The panel has to enable artists to upload their music, add whole albums and be able to see how many users listen to it during the week, month or any other selected time frame.

On top of that, we have to build a mobile app. It should be free to download and offer all the basic functionalities to find and listen to your favourite music. That’s why we need to provide an option to search and build playlists as well as sharing music on social platforms. Furthermore, we can add an algorithm which would work on a server and predict the songs which the users would probably like. It is the perfect moment to think about another functionality – liking and disliking music in the radio mode.

Here we have an MVP of Spotify equipped with its trademark feature – Radio mode

Those three parts of software with just the basics functionalities takes about 40-50 days to build. The technologies which we can use to do it are React Native to build a mobile app and React to make the web panel. On the backend, we can use Amazon Web Services to make our infrastructure fast, secure and easily scalable.

However, building an app similar to Spotify wouldn’t make it as successful as its benchmark. Here you would need someone who would help you to make a plan for the future of your product and its development. This is the reason why you should get in touch with Redvike!

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