Ever since music apps like TikTok, Pandora, Spotify & others ventured into the frame, the idea of music streaming has completely changed. And what we think is that these apps are literally so much fun and awesome source of entertainment and this is why it has kept the audience glued to it. The moment you open our Instagram and Facebook account, you can find numerous of TikTok (earlier known as Musically) popping up on the screen on daily note). Thus, there is no doubt that these social video apps sure are popular among the audience. Such has been the impact of the prominence of such apps, that today almost everyone is looking for a startup idea to create a music application like TikTok.
Now as we talk about these social video apps in this blog, the idea is to enlighten the ones who are intending or plan to create an app like TikTok. We all cover various aspects of the TikTok-like mobile app development process in this space and how it has been a game-changer for the Entertainment industry, bringing many opportunities for revenue.
So, let’s begin.
Now you have made up your mind to create a music app, so what should be the next step for you. Well, there are a lot of aspects you need to focus on, but first understand that music app like be classified mainly into two categories, with one being: Music Streaming Apps & other Social Music Video Apps. Now the first step is selecting your niche. Be clear about what type of mobile app you intend to create. Both categories need unique features, functionalities & efforts. In this blog, we have covered social video app like TikTok, so if you are keen on launching your own TikTok app for iPhone or Android, or both, then continue reading…
In this blog, we have covered the crucial aspects to create TikTok app in several points, for easy understanding of the readers. Now, to begin you first need to know what TikTok really is.
What is TikTok Mobile App?
A Chinese Music Video Platform, TikTok allows its users to create musical videos and then share them with their friends on social media, like Instagram & Facebook, with animations and music, thus making for a good entertainment dosage. Earlier known as Musical.ly, the mobile app is now known as TikTok and came with whole new version of the entertainment buster app. It has a huge music community across the world and has established itself as the world’s fastest-growing mobile app in very little time. Its iOS version has very smooth UX/UI and going by the latest report, TikTok has reached a milestone by securing 150 million daily users. Despite facing some legal hurdles in Indonesia, the app is witnessing rapid growth worldwide.
How Tiktok Works
Basically, in the app most people to lip-sync to the popular songs. Its users create and upload their videos, lip-sync, sing, & dance, browse the videos and also interact with other users’ content that is covering several topics. Apps, like TikTok help its users to set live videos or live pictures as wallpaper and also enable them to take short videos & share them with their friends. Then on, these videos can be spiced up by using filters & special effects, live effects & funny stickers.
At the same time, the app enables the users to watch millions of videos that are shared by the other on the app. Select from amongst the relevant categories, such as serious videos, funny videos, informative videos, as well as interesting head-turning ones. This way, TikTok serves as a platform for millions of its users to display their knowledge, talent & their precious moments.
Besides, the enable you to add your favorite music and sound videos recorded by you. Users can edit the videos with animations, funny animations, sounds, music, filters, and more. Besides, other interesting things, such as R&B, electronic, rock, pop, & rap can also be included in the app.
As per ProductHunt.com, “TikTok mobile app has more number of downloads than Spotify, Snapchat & Gmail combined on App Store.
The app allows to add 100+ face filters and emoji stickers to the videos and this plays a huge role in demarcating the videos up to the next level. Also, there are very simple and realistic editing tools within the app that allow users to trim, cut, merge and duplicate video clips. All in all, it offers awesome experience to its users, which they all love.
TikTik: The Latest social network sensation
You must very well know the popularity of popular social media platforms, like Youtube, Whatsapp, & Facebook Messenger. Now, what if we tell you that TikTok left them all behind in terms of most downloaded non-gaming mobile apps globally on iOS for Q1 2018? As per Sensor Tower, the rest ranked from second to fourth, respectively.
This way, the numerous app at the moment is TikTok, owned by Bytedance that was founded in 2012 by Yiming Chang. Further, the app is aka Douyin in the firm’s native China. In the month of July, TikTok made this big announcement that it reached 500,000 users worldwide.
Popular social media app Musical.ly is now TikTok
Well, it was late last year that Chinese company ByteDance went on to purchase the popular social video app Musical.ly. And this year, with little pomp, Musical.ly was folded into TikTok, which is very much a similar service created & operated by the ByteDance. Thus, with Musical.ly accounts being migrating to TikTok, this incorporates the most prominent elements of both the mobile apps.
“We saw an opportunity to combine the power of AI with the growth of mobile internet to revolutionize the way people consume and receive information. Bytedance enables people to enjoy content powered by machine learning and AI technology,” states the company’s profile.
“In the first quarter of the year 2018 itself, TikTok was downloaded for 45.8 million times just during a three-month period. Presently, the app has more than 45 million daily active years in China and this is way more than other social media platforms”
Features & Functionality required to create TikTok-like mobile app
Simple User Interface:It is vital for the app developers to provide a simple user interface to the app users, so they can do a lot within the app without any hassle. Make their experience of visiting your app fun yet extremely easy-going.
In the case of TikTok, the app starts directly into feed, going straight to a prominent video. Now the following few videos are also new and quite famous (are measured with HEARTS). So, in this manner, TikTok ensures that the user’s first minutes (whenever s/he returns) on the app are absolutely amazing. Now the integral design choice is launching the user into “For You” tab. In this manner, recommendations are not limited by creators you have decided to follow. Thus, all in all, it is a fun experience for the users.
HEARTS are currency: So, you have liked a video, but you yet don’t intend to follow the creator yet? Well, no worry. Give a HEART with this non-committal double tap, which is just enough. It is the same as Instagram, though with one minor difference. Here, the creator profile tracks all hearts they ever received. It lends creators metric to chase (such as Followers/Fans) with one huge difference – like here one breakout video may shoot up Hearts counts. Yes, just that one may do that for you.
Yes, Live-Ops: Live-Ops are important to make your app a success. Basically, Live-Ops work as enhancements to overall game experience (in this case – the mobile app). Like, game events. Live-Ops work to keep the mobile app feel fresh & full of activity.
For instance, we have Hashtags on the TikTok, where it’s used just how it needs to be used on Instagram, with a huge difference, i.e. Freshness. On the TikTok app, they are usually new, trending Hashtags (#filterbattle, #freezechallenge, #transitionbattle, & a lot more). Often they are seeded itself by TikTok, like there is @GlobalChallenge account that offers creators some new challenges to try each week. This way, by providing creators something to create videos about, TikTok ensures the content stays relevant and fresh.
Tools to express: There are tools available in the TikTok app, which are all of supreme-level. With many filters and AR effects, they tend to be pretty amazing. Besides, what makes these tools unique is it enable the creator to make quick edit, cuts, & slow down the speed & a lot more.
Social feature: Duets is one exciting social feature offered by the TikTok app. Here, for an instance, the creator can begin by recording a lip-sync video of hers to a specific dialogue. Now the other TikTok users who scan the very popular #Duetwithmehastag will see this and may try putting their own spin on that. This is beneficial in many ways, like in the case of the users, they can feel close to their much-loved stars by recording a duet with them, while thousands of pieces of content is spawned from just one piece of content, besides the scope for creativity is just immense.
Grow on many networks: The app enables its users to share their YouTube/Instagram profiles. Though many a times most apps shy away from doing so, as why would an app would be willing to giving away its user base to another mobile app? However, TikTok seems to be comfortable with it. It seems that the app recognizes that best creators on its platform are anyway going to be present on all the other major mobile apps anyway. So that is why TikTok has no inhibitions in giving those following a mean to increase their Instagram followers via TikTok.
Original Sound: TikTok allows its users to use their original sound as well while creating the video, which allows them to showcase their full potential in front of the audience.
Hashtags: Again, an innovative concept. Hashtags are very much ‘in’ among the people and the TikTok app allows its users to make the most use of them.
Music Library: There is never-ending music available in the music library for the audience.
Earn Money: This feature within the TikTok app is very much loved by the users as it allows them to make money by creating fun videos that are popular on the platform.
Post Video/pictures: Using this functionality, the users can share their video and pictures on the app.
Special Effects: This feature allows users to select background music and create magical clips pretty easily.
Social Sharing: The app enables the users to share their videos on multiple social media platform. Besides, they can also like, comment and post others’ posts.
Share user profile: This feature allows the users to share their user profile with the other users in order to increase their popularity.
Add other Social Media Account: Yes, other social media account can be added into the TikTok app, so this way users can create the videos and then share on their favorite social platform, be it Facebook or Instagram.
Android, iOS:The app can be created for both the platforms, iOS, or Android, or both of them. Like, in the case of TikTok, it works wonderfully on both platforms.
Advanced Features that will make your app outstanding :
Real-Time Analytics: Quite an important feature for Admin, from here s/he will be able to analyze live viewers & broadcasters in an overall graphical manner. Here, the admin to is aware of real-time insights of the app usage and previous data so to make further decision.
Video Streaming Architecture: With video streaming be the main goal of this kind of app, it is important that you implement every single detail to it. Ensure that you always stream from an external server and keep the mobile app lightweight. The broadcasting stream passes via server to the user device to then it stays there until the user watch it. Post usage, it will be deleted automatically from server-side. Meanwhile, server will convert broadcast and will be doing transmission to application. For the video streaming apps, cloud servers are a necessity. Also take care of scaling part of servers as more using the app will be having, more requests it will require to handle. Besides, keep the option to save videos in the external storage of user’s device, so that it can be later watched by the user. However, do take care of the copyright issues prior to allowing the user to save files in the local storage.
Geolocation: This again is a great addition to any video streaming app. Users can find broadcasts as per their region and it allows them to choose which broadcasts to watch from the map itself. What the VOD app developer can do is that they will mark markers in the map in a range around the user’s current location to show who is doing live broadcast in that region. Live ones can be shown in blue while the inactive ones in red. Meanwhile, the look can be customized anytime.
Video/Audio Transcoding: (I was asked to leave this)
Push Notification: Crucial part of every mobile app, Push Notifications are useful for the users to keep them notified of the current happening without being on the app all time. Thus, as their favorite broadcaster begins to stream something, s/he is going to get a push notification on the device for same sans missing out on anything. Other than that, the Scheduling feature can also be implemented by the app developers. Having the flexibility to schedule future broadcasts makes the app much more interactive.
Five Fast Facts You Need To Know if you plan to create an App like TikTok
TikTok, a video-sharing mobile app has around 150 million active daily users while the global mobile app has three times more subscribers. Most of the TikTok videos feature lip-sync video, lots of pet videos, mainly cats doing some fun stuff, lot many pretty girls, many young & parkour, and thrill-seeking clips among many other short clips.
- TikTok features a large number of very short videos as well as it enables its users to easily upload and edit these videos themselves and then share.
- Originated in China, TikTok went on to become a worldwide video-sharing platform with its 500 million active users.
- Number 2 on iTunes in Photo & Video Category, TikTok made the most of YouTube Crash to swoop in Tuesday Night. Presently, it tends to seek Creators similar to YouTube Content Creators.
- Even though TikTokare stated as ‘annoying’ & ‘creepy’, still the TikTok creators are with tens of millions of Followers.
- TikTok App enables its users to create Reaction videos, which appear both Wildly Popular & Wildly Unpopular.
Unique Features that Made Tik Tok Popular
As you step towards creating a TikTok-like social video app, it is vital to understand what are the key features that made TikTok popular.
Given below are the main functionality of TikTok app
- It enables its users to watch millions of musical clips
The only way to succeed in creating a music video maker app is to offer something unique and variety to your users. Allow your users to explore more and have fun. In case of TikTok, it enables it users to watch a countless number of musical clips and provide them features that sets TikTok apart from the rest.
- Its users can shoot many short video clips of mere 15-second
TikTok made the most of the opportunity in its hands and transformed smartphones into a mobile studio. It is really fun for its users to make fun videos with its advanced technology and exceptional features. One of them being, it enable the users to shoot short video clips of 15-second just for fun. Letting your users shoot short clips is important. Further, the users can share the short video clips on social channels, select sound from various categories and directly record & edit the clips.
- Using the Special Effects it offers, users can select background music and create magical clips
So, the audience that TikTok focuses on is evidently the new generation. And as a startup, if you plan to target youth through your video clip app, then offering ‘special effects’ feature is simply integral. The easy-to-use and fun special effects offered by TikTok allow users to shoot entertaining videos. The image capturing technology and artificial intelligence makes it possible to integrate special effects into the app.
- The app allows its users to share their videos on multiple social media platforms
Using this lip-sync app, users create lip-sync music videos of 15-second and then share them on the multiple social platforms, such as Whatsapp, Messenger, Instagram & Facebook. Thus, it is clear that enabling users to share video on multiple social platforms is a necessity for an app like TikTok.
Ultimately, with its amazing offerings, TikTok certainly has broken all records set by Whatsapp, SnapChat, YouTube& Facebook. A report by SimilarWeb states that the usage rank of the app is constantly going in an upward direction, and as per the latest trend by Google Trend, the interest is the app is simply increased over time.
Is the TikTok App Safe
Lately, TikTok app faced a ban by the Indonesian government stating concerns that the platform contains ‘negative content’ that is harmful to the children. The government stated that Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication & Information Technology has got more than 2,800 reports from the Indonesian public, which blamed the app for religious harassment and pornography.
A report from South China Morning Post stated that TikTok faced a crackdown on privacy-related issues and that it poses a risk to the children, in particular. The matter, however, was not raised in Thailand.
However, following this backfire in Indonesia, Bytedance went on to enhance the app’s privacy features. Now the upgraded feature in the app allows the users to permanently delete their accounts or set their videos on private.
Besides, parents as well will be able to monitor the amount of time spend by their kids on the app and the content consumed by them. Since then, Indonesia revered the ban implied on the app.
Streaming Media System: Nimble Streamer, Wowza Streaming Engine Helix Universal Server
- Real-Time Analytics: Azure Stream Analytics, Spark Streaming, Apache Flink
- Cloud Environment: AWS
- Database: Mail Chimp Integration, Postgress, Cassandra, HBase, Mongo DB
- Universal Operating System: Debian
- For emails: Mandrill
- For Database Management: Datastax
- For Powerful programming: GWT
- Payments: Paypal& Braintree, e-Wallet, Stripe
- Phone, Voice & SMS Verification: Twilio, Nexmo
- Push Notifications: Push.io, Twilio
- Cloud Storage: For this, cloud storage services like Google Cloud Storage, Azure & Amazon S3 can be used. The storage server is crucial in media platforms as it handles thousands of requests per second much efficiently.
- Content Delivery Networks (CDSs): In order to serve user experience, one requires using highly scalable CDN services in order to stream media securely. For this, either one can configure its own media server or can use a cloud streaming server to stream, like Amazon cloud front.
- Video/audio Transcoding: In this process, media files needs to be transcoded in several of media format so to make them supportable to all of the major devices and browsers. For this, either open-source software like FFMPEG or third-party solutions like Amazon elastic transcoder can be used.
- Media Server Configuration: Server requires to be configured to support all of the major devices and browsers. Configuration of HTTPS, RTMP & HTTP is required.
- Player Configuration: Player configuration needs to be done as both desktop & mobile server quality based content on user internet speed.
Required Development Team Structure
It is vital to have a great team put together to create an app like TikTok. Absolutely, no amount of funds and features can help if your app doesn’t have a kind of team that can create absolute wonders with the app development process. For this, you will need:
- A Project Manager
- UI/UX Designer
- Android Developer, iOS Developer
- Back-end Developer
- Database Experts
- QA Experts
- Delivery Manager
Once your team is sorted, then you can focus on the cost that will go in the development of an app like-TikTok. But before that, let’s learn how you can earn money from music mobile apps, like TikTok.
How to earn money from music apps?
There are a few ways using which you can earn money from your music app, they are:
- A) In-app purchase
Even though TikTok doesn’t have these features, but if you are keen on making a music app then keep in mind that in-app purchase option can be a great opportunity to earn money. What in-app purchase basically means is charging a small sum of money from user to upgrade to the premium version or to unlock few features.
- B) Fundraising
Get connected with the investors to raise some investment for your app. Fundraising is a premium mode of earning even for TikTok app and the app went on to receive funds of $100 million from the high-class investors recently.
- c) Selling the app
Create a music app and once the app is prominent among targeted user base then you can get the buyers easily. Get connected with potential entrepreneurs or businesses. Make a deal that is the most profitable for your app business.
- D) Advertising
In case you don’t find these above-mentioned ways interesting, then you can even choose to display advertisements in your mobile app. Target ads to your audience as per age groups, Location, Likes-Dislikes, etc. Meanwhile, advertising can be of many kinds, like Cost per install, Cost per click, etc.
What is the Development Cost?
This Chinese music video platform, TikTok has a smooth UX/UI finish and is among the fastest-growing apps in the world. Few other examples of such apps are Dubsmash, Funimate, Vigo, Triller, etc. Some factors that can be helpful to determine the cost of TikTok-like app are Number of Platforms (Android, iOS, or both), Development Region, Design Complexity, Requirement of resources, Number of hours multiplied by cost per hours.
Keeping all the above factors in mind, the development cost should be around $25000 to create a TikTok like app with basic functionalities for a single platform. However, in case you intend to add more features and create the app for multiple platforms, then the cost may go up to $35000-$40000, when getting the app developed in the Indian region.