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Tips to making money from music identification apps

Tuesday August 08, 2017,

4 min Read

Music identification apps are specially made apps that help users to detect and identify music that they themselves can’t trace. Plenty of times, people tend to remember a song that they like but hardly recall the artist or the album from which it was taken. A person may also try to search for its lyrics in Google but without any luck. In such instances, a music identification app can help to identify the track, its singer and album and therefore help the user to find the site from where it can be downloaded. In the recent times, these apps have become very popular and many people have come forward with their own ideas of creating music identification apps.

One of the main attractions of creating music identification apps is that they allow the developers to earn money out of them. However, before actually starting on a project to create such an app, it is necessary for a person to learn about the ways in which these apps can generate money. A successful music identification app can help to earn millions on a yearly basis. A music identification app can provide users with the opportunity to record a song. The app can then create a spectrogram from it and searches for probable matches in its database. If the song is present in the database, the app can provide the user with the details for the song.

In most cases, the revenue that is earned by these apps comes from advertisements, investors as well as referrals to Google Play, iTunes and Spotify. As a music identification app extends its music database and the number of users, it can earn more money on a daily and yearly basis. These apps can also link purchases to various major providers like Spotify, Apple, and Google Play and then receive a part of each of the purchases for the referral. In time, the digital sales can exceed the multimillion figures and help the app developers to enjoy substantial financial success. Numerous music identification apps have already achieved major success both for the Android and iOS platforms.

And I also want to show you that these actually work and aren’t just some fluffy ideas I’ve come up with or read about somewhere. To do that I’ve included successful examples of each one for you to check out as well.

To make things even easier for you, here’s the complete list. Just click to skip to the method you’d like to read about:



Email Marketing

The ‘Freemium Upsell’

Amazon Underground

Selling Merchandise

Affiliate Income


In-App Purchases


If you’re looking for new ways to make money from your free apps, there are many ways for you to think about. I’m sure there is at least 1 or 2 ways I’ve mentioned in here that you hadn’t heard of or tried out yet.

Each of these methods has its pros and cons, and some are more suited to particular apps than others. It’s about finding the right method for your app.

How do you find out which one works best for your app?

Get out there and check out what your competitors or other apps in your category are doing. If the top apps in your category are all using the same method, they are probably on to something.

The other way is to just try a few out and see how they perform. Worst case scenario is you get to collect a bunch of useful data about your user’s behavior.

If you begin with a website, you can identify the core features you’ll need to build for your mobile app. By better defining what you need to build, you may be able to save time and money in the long run when you build an app across multiple platforms like iOS and Android.

There isn’t one correct process to build every idea but hopefully, looking at the factors above will help steer you in the right direction.

If you need more apps or marketing your app, check out this huge list from apps expert.

Also if you already have a product idea in mind and would like to chat about the design, development timeline and price, get in touch with our team using the form below!