How much does it cost to build an artist database app?

Standard price for an artist database app: $38,500

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What is an artist database app?

An artist database is a web or mobile application that enables users to create, manage, and share profiles of artists. Artist profile data typically includes an image, detailed information about the artist (e.g., discography, biography), and reviews written by fans. Artists may use their profiles to list tour dates for upcoming shows and sell tickets for those shows.

Artist database apps are similar to other information management apps like content management apps, file management apps, and note-taking apps. One of the most popular artist database applications is Pandora. The same idea also applies to non-entertainment applications, such as product catalogs in a retail app or equipment catalogs in an industrial app.

Here are some recent artist database app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • An MVP and basic design platform that enables users to search through a database of artists, select the right fit, communicate with the artists via chat, and commission artwork from them.

  • A content app for showcasing a Grammy-winning producer's artists.

What is the typical cost to build an artist database app?

An artist database app usually costs $38,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $35,000 or as high as $42,000. An artist database app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent artist database app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $38,500

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of an app:

How long does it take to build an artist database app?

An artist database app usually takes 513 hours to build. However, an artist database app can be built in as few as 467 hours, or in as many as 560 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent artist database apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 513

How to successfully grow your artist database application

An artist database app can grow virally by enabling users to discover new artists that appeal to their tastes. In order to achieve this, a database app must provide in-depth information about the music that its users listen to, and it must provide the ability for users to share songs and playlists with others. Since artist databases can be used collaboratively, they should also enable users to create collaborative playlists.

Risks and challenges of building a artist database application

Artist database apps can face a variety of legal and reputational risks, including copyright infringement claims from artists, unauthorized use of images owned by other entities (such as record labels), and the unauthorized use of personal information about recording artists. It is strongly recommended that artist database apps obtain appropriate licenses for any third-party music content included within the app and take measures to remove any music or images that they do not own or have permission to use. It is also highly recommended that artist database apps include robust privacy settings to ensure that any collected information on recording artists and bands is stored in accordance with the Data Protection Directive.

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