How much does it cost to build a media digitization app?

Standard price for a media digitization app: $27,500

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What is a media digitization app?

A media digitization app is a web or mobile application that enables users to upload their physical media (e.g., photographs, videos, audio recordings) to the cloud and then access it from any device by logging into the media's associated account. Media digitization apps often enable users to tag uploaded files with keywords and edit metadata for each file before uploading it to the cloud. Once in the cloud, many media digitization apps allow users to browse their collections of uploaded content by date taken, camera model used when creating each photo or video, location taken at, tags applied during upload, and more. After browsing their collection of uploaded content, they may further filter it based on date taken within a specified time interval (e.g., last week), type of content (e.g., only photos), size of content in bytes (e.g

Media digitization apps are often similar to media editing apps, image management apps, or photo storage apps. However, media digitization apps also often include labeling and categorizing components that differentiate them from media editing apps. Some of the most popular media digitization applications include Google Photos and Dropbox.

Here are some recent media digitization app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A PWA (and ios/ android if budget allows) that will use reverse image search to scan sports cards. Will allow users to keep track of their collections.

What is the typical cost to build a media digitization app?

A media digitization app usually costs $27,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $15,000 or as high as $40,000. A media digitization 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 media digitization app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $27,500

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

How long does it take to build a media digitization app?

A media digitization app usually takes 367 hours to build. However, a media digitization app can be built in as few as 200 hours, or in as many as 533 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 media digitization apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 367

How to successfully grow your media digitization application

Media digitization apps are often created by companies that already have a large library of content. In order to rapidly grow their user base, they need to make this content easily available in a convenient format that can be accessed anywhere. This requires them to provide high-quality mobile apps that integrate seamlessly with the website and include features like offline access and syncing across multiple devices. They also need to invest in marketing efforts to reach out to new users and encourage them to try out the app.

Risks and challenges of building a media digitization application

Media digitization apps need to perform due diligence to ensure that they are compliant with copyright laws in the market for which they will operate. In general, a media digitization app will need to take steps to protect the original works from use by other users, as well as prevent users from altering or redistributing the contents of the digitized media. This can be accomplished through either a DRM system or by the app containing logic preventing users from copying protected content.

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