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iOS 9 App Development: Create a Spotify Clone

Stream your music collection and learn how to play and control music on iOS. An epic course to make your own Spotify
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Music is one of the biggest app categories across all app stores. They have the potential to earn substantial revenue.

Learn the basic concepts, tools, and functions that you will need to build fully functional iOS music streaming apps with the popular programming language, Swift 2. Also learn how to set up your own server and upload music that your app will eventually play.

Things You'll Learn

  • Xcode Installation and Setup
  • Basic Streaming Functions on iOS
  • How to Setup a Server (free or paid)
  • How to Automate Music File indexing on a Server Using PHP (no PHP experience necessary)
  • How to Make an iOS App Communicate with a Server
  • How to Add Lock Screen Controls
  • How to Add Lock Screen Media Information
  • How to Handle Audio Interruptions like Phone Calls
  • How to Create Table Views and Custom table View Cells on iOS
  • Dynamically Adding More Data to Your App and Remote Database
  • Sharing Song Information on Facebook
  • Liking a Track Through our Remote Database

Powerful Skills at Your Fingertips
By learning to create both iOS apps as well as PHP and MYSQL backends you will become incredibly valuable to potential employers. Combining these 2 skills is the number one reason developers get hired for startups. Those startups need this information and are willing to pay for it!


Not only do you learn the ins and outs of streaming music in iOS apps but this course includes a MASSIVE bonus. I teach you how to create and setup a fully functional server that does the following:

  • Automatically scan for new music uploads and add them to a MYSQL database (with no input required from you)
  • Produce PHP files that allow your app to access a backend


Content and Overview
No knowledge is needed of programming for this course but it helps. If you are a complete beginner then please take my other course (iOS Apps for Complete and Utter Beginners) FIRST.

You will be taken on a journey through:

  • How to choose between free or paid servers
  • How to code a simple streaming function on iOS
  • How to add advanced audio features to your app
  • How to make your app talk to a server (aka - creating a backend)
  • How to report app usage statistics to your remote database

This course establishes a strong understanding of music app creation concepts and includes training on Xcode and Swift 2. It also includes training on MYSQL, PHP and cPanel. Each chapter starts with an introduction and sounds out with a summary to help you learn even better.

With these skills mastered, the course will take you through how to create a backend for your app (as well as the front end!). Complete this course and you'll discover you now have skills that are continuously in demand from most businesses.

Increase your value by joining now!

Credit: Promo music provided by Ben Sound

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner/Intermediate programmers should take this course
  • ABSOLUTE beginners who know nothing about programming SHOULD NOT take this course (take my other one instead!)
  • People that want to make profitable streaming apps should take this course
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What Will I Learn?
Create a fully featured music streaming app on iOS
Create a fully functioning server to store music
Connect server to app using PHP scripts
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  • A mac running OSX or an OSX Virtual Machine
  • An internet connection
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 48 Lectures Collapse All 48 Lectures 04:11:16
Introduction and Environment Setup
2 Lectures 07:12

Setup Xcode and iOS Simulators on a Mac
Server Setup and Testing
10 Lectures 47:14

Free servers are everywhere but they are overcrowded. It's always better to opt for a paid server over which you have much more control. The good news is you can get for less than $5 per month (includes a domain). If you intend to develop apps in the future then having your own test server is a really good idea!

The next sections are labelled one or two. Choose the most appropriate one for your use case.

Should You Choose a Free or Paid Server?

Option 1: Setting up a Free Server

Option 2: Setting up a Paid Server (Much More Control)

How to Upload Your Files to a Server

Create Your Server Database Using cPanel

Create a PHP Script to Add Uploaded Music to the Database - Part 1

Create a PHP Script to Add Uploaded Music to the Database - Part 2

How to Automate a PHP Script Using Cron

Summary of Server Setup and Testing
A Really Simple iOS Music Streaming Function
6 Lectures 22:11

We also disable app transport security to allow loading of our music

Setting up our Project in Xcode

Inside of ViewController.swift you will create the simplest music streaming function known to man!

How to Create a Simple Streaming Function in iOS

Tidying up our Swift Streaming Player by Moving to its Own Class

Summary of Really Simple iOS Music Streaming Function
Adding Some Sugar to our Simple Streaming Function
7 Lectures 47:06

Adding a Play Pause Button to a Storyboard for Media Control

Connecting a Play Pause Button to Streaming Music Controls

How to Implement Lock Screen Controls on iOS

How to Handle Audio Interruptions on iOS

How to Add Lock Screen Media Information on iOS

Summary of Adding Sugar to Simple Streaming Function
Getting a List of Music from the Remote Database
6 Lectures 35:19

How to Create a PHP Interface to the MYSQL Database

How to Fetch Remote Database Information into an iOS App

Creating our Song Class to Store Retrieved Items

How to Parse Retrieved Data into a List of Songs

Summary of Getting a List of Music fom the Remote Database
Placing Retrieved Song Lists into a Table View
6 Lectures 31:22

How to Create a Table View and Custom Table View Cell on iOS

How to Populate a Table View with Data

Firing up Our Music Player Whenever a Song is Selected

Homework: Tidy up the Song Name to Remove the MP3 Ending

Summary of Placing Retrieved Song Lists into a Table View
Taking the App to the Next Level - More Data
4 Lectures 32:34

Adding in Artist Information to our Database and App

Reporting Number of Plays to our Database - Necessary for a Streaming License

Summary of Taking the App to the Next Level - More Data
Taking the App to the Next Level - Liking and Sharing
4 Lectures 19:16

Adding a Like Button for the Current Playing Song

Adding a ‘Share on Facebook’ Button - Social Media Rocks!

Summary of taking the App to the Next Level - Liking and Sharing
Summary and Roundup
3 Lectures 09:02
Summary of Everything You’ve Learnt so Far

Where to go Next (How to Make Money From this Sort of App)

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About the Instructor
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Professional App Developer and Teacher

Swift 3 on iOS, a little Java here and there and C# for Xamarin. I'll show you how to use them all!

When you learn from me you learn in an holistic manner. You learn concepts that are applicable to ALL mobile systems.

My aim is to get you qualified mighty fast, with very little hair tearing from frustration!

And what does that mean for you?

You'll be able to make your own apps to earn passive income. Or you could become a freelance developer which I can honestly say it is the best life in the world. You will have no boss and earn an hourly rate of over $100. You can also take holiday whenever you want!

Of course you have to learn how to make good apps first so take my courses now and you will see how easy mobile app development can be!

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