How To Make A Great Music Streaming App? A Full Guide
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How To Make A Great Music Streaming App? A Full Guide

What does it take to make great music streaming app? Plenty has been written about startups, marketing, monetization strategies, structuring your business model, copyright, and royalties. But there’s one more thing that can have an out sized effect on the success of your music app. And that is sound design.

Here we will first examine the importance of sound design in streaming apps, then outline five types of sounds you need to include in yours if you want it to be truly stellar.

Importance Of Sound Design In Streaming Apps

1. Psychological Impact Of Music On Human Brain:

Music is a powerful thing. It is an integral part of our lives, from birth to death. Music can have healing power, be it from being sick or heartbroken. It can have the power to make us happy or sad, calm or angry, and so on.

Sound has always been important in streaming music ever since the first streaming music service was launched in 2002. As music is about the sounds we hear, sound design plays a critical role in creating a sense of immersion in a streaming music app.

2. Authenticity Of The Stream:

Streaming music apps need to have a musical structure that is consistent with the musical genre or style they are targeting and channeling or otherwise mimicking the specific sounds and styles of each genre or style. The “groove” and pacing of a song are also essential for creating an immersive users experience.

3. Build A Brand For Your Streaming App:

The experience your customers have, the sounds they hear, and the about page are all parts of the overall experience you are building for your customers. If you care about your customers and have a strong understanding of what they want from the service, it will be much easier to create a soundscape that perfectly fits their needs and wants.

Sound Design In Streaming Apps:   Five Types Of Sounds Needed

1) Sound Of Your App Opening:

A well-timed techno beat with a low-key trance melody sends out a welcoming vibe at the start of any app session. For example, the opening music in Pandora and Spotify starts like that and Apple Music, Google Play Music, and SoundCloud. It gives users a sense of power and confidence that everything will be OK.

2) Sound Of A Sale:

You’ve got a sale on! That’s great news! And you want to tell your users about it. How do you get them excited? Use a sales sound effect. It will bring their attention to the news while conveying the message that “life is good,” whatever product or service is on sale. For example, Pinterest plays a twee little chime when users win a new follower in their social network. The sound conveys that “life is good” and is part of a global community.

3) Sound Of An Error:

If users try to open your app and it crashes, or if the wrong song plays, you want them to know there’s something wrong. A sound montage of system feedback beeps and dial tones can communicate a technical problem when the app is launched. Like opening an old-school arcade cabinet with a machine gun blaring in the background while customers wait for help/identification.

4) Sound Of A Success:

Let’s not forget to congratulate our users when they complete an action, like ordering a song from your app. Give them a snazzy little sound effect when their order is successful– it will make them feel awesome! Sound designers can liken this experience to “knocking the shot out of the park” or “scoring a goal in soccer.” Like the sound of cheers, cheers, welcome to Tinder’s single feature.

5) Sound Of A Failure:

Like having that great thing crash and making it crash again isn’t fun, but it teaches users how to use your app properly and instructs them on avoiding future crashes through proper usage. Remember, it’s a service and not a video game. With that in mind, you can use the “error” sound effect like the startup sound of an animated character or even play the sound of a door slamming for unsuccessful purchases or closes.

Creating Your Sounds:

If you create your sounds from scratch, then choose carefully to ensure that they feel appropriate for your app, and they are easy to modify since you aim to adjust this sound design quality at every new launch. Sound designers should consider how users will hear these sounds if they play on mobile devices (phones), home audio systems, or car audio systems. Also, make sure the music titles are spelled correctly and the tracks are labeled properly.

What To Keep In Mind While Developing On-Demand Music App?

With the digital music revolution well upon us, we’ve seen an entirely new industry emerge in the past decade. Not only that, but we’ve also seen a huge growth of online music streaming platforms as well.

As you may already know, there are a lot of on-demand music apps out there, including Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music. These three have been battling it out for quite some time now.

What sets them apart is their target audience and the type of music on their platforms. For instance, Apple Music is more oriented towards fans of popular mainstream artists and tracks, while Spotify is rich with indie artists and underground tracks.

And what about Tidal? The big players (Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal) have already established themselves, but still Tidal has managed to top them all in terms of popularity.

So what makes it so popular? Simply put, it’s great music and of high quality. We’ve found that many people have switched over to Tidal because they are looking for something that appeals more to their taste as opposed to using other streaming services that have a more mainstream sound.

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