In past few years, online music streaming portals like Spotify, SoundCloud, Gaana.com, Saavn etc. have outdated the trend of keeping huge music database on computers and mobile devices. These music streaming websites give music-lovers instant access to millions of songs anytime, anywhere, on any device
Essential Music Streaming Website Features
The first fold area should feature a catchy banner image that may be a collage of different album arts, artists’ photographs, or simply an image of a trending artist/album. Within the banner area, there also should be a search tool that lets users search for what they want to listen to by entering the song name, album, artist, genre, radio or a playlist name.
The top navigation bar should feature a few important tabs such as Browse (for browsing music library), Sign Up/Login, and Membership plans.
The below-the-fold section should be used to feature trending artists, albums and songs in different sections. Make sure to display them in picture thumbnail manner. Make sure these listing are also playable on click. This will be a huge plus point from UX point of view.
Browse: Discovering Music
The dedicated Browse landing page should feature popular artists and albums by default. The page should have paginated tabs for albums, artists, and genres. Clicking any of these tabs should produce most popular results. Plus, for each set of results, there should be sorting options like by name and year.
The artist page should be designed by keeping in mind both type of listeners – regular and new ones. The page can be divided into three paginated tabs namely, Overview, Albums, and Songs.
The Overview tab will feature a description to the artist, his most popular songs, albums, and achievements.
Each listed result song/album should feature following options:
The album page will simply list all the songs with all the options listed in the previous section. In addition to that, also implement a comment feature so that users can express what they think about an album or song except for marking it as favorite.
Listening to Songs: Music Player
Of course, you would need a music player plugin for your online music streaming website. Things worth discussing in this regard are the placement of music player and options featured with it. Play/pause, stop, next, & previous buttons
Your online music streaming portal should also allow users to create playlists like all standard music players.
Upload a Song
Users should also be provided a feature that allows them to upload songs on the website.
To give users an exceptional website usage experience, implement a feature that gathers a user’s listening taste and suggests him playlists in accordance. You can even make it a charged service.
User Profile Options
Firstly, users should be allowed to register through social media accounts besides email. As users log in, they should be provided with following features and tabs:
FAQ and Support
You need to have an exhaustive FAQ section to help users with anything that they want to know.
Before wrapping up things, let’s overview the basic admin controls you need to pay attention to while building your online music streaming platform clone script.