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

Standard price for a media player app: $9,500

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What is a media player app?

A media player application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to view and listen to videos and other audiovisual content. Media player apps usually include an audio and video player interface for viewing online videos.

Media player apps share features with many non-media playback apps, including productivity apps, music creation apps, and video player apps. Popular media player applications include YouTube Music, Netflix, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Apple Music.

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

  • A media player app that includes the following: Audio Library, Video Library, and Playlist functionality. Admin ability to upload content and see who has watched it.

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

A media player app usually costs $9,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $5,000 or as high as $14,000. A media player 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 player app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $9,500

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

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

A media player app usually takes 127 hours to build. However, a media player app can be built in as few as 67 hours, or in as many as 187 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 player apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 127

How to successfully grow your media player application

A media player app is usually an extension of a website or another app, and needs to convince users that it can provide a better experience than the one they've already chosen. As such, a media player app must offer advanced features and functionality while still being simple to use. It can grow by encouraging users to share the app with friends and family members who might be interested in using it, and by encouraging brand loyalty from its users by offering exclusive content from the app's creators. Media player apps should also educate their users about how they can get the most out of their new platform.

Risks and challenges of building a media player application

A media player app faces risks related to the violation of intellectual property rights (such as music playing rights) and potential legal liability for content users post on or upload to your platform. It is recommended that you work with your legal counsel and/or content partners to ensure that you are acting within the scope of any applicable licenses when using third-party content.

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