The SOCAN mobile app features a variety of tools to make life easier for users and for SOCAN itself. These tools include a license finder and fee calculator for businesses that use music, and a royalty calculator to help musicians determine their earnings. The secure login area also lets musicians track their song catalogue and view quarterly statements of earnings.
Having access to the current version of the app gave us a chance to see for ourselves where the front-end experience fell short. We modernized and simplified the user interface without straying too far from the original design. SOCAN wanted to ease the transition between versions, so any aesthetic changes had to be modest. Likewise, upgrades to the user experience were designed to be seamless—improving legibility, streamlining information architecture and incorporating clearer navigational cues.
The biggest improvements happened on the development side. By using Angular and Ionic Framework—the leading open-source mobile SDK—we created a fully cross-platform app. A single code base drives consistent performance on Apple iOS and Android devices—solving one of the biggest problems with the previous version of the app while keeping development costs down.
The new SOCAN mobile app integrates all of the core business workflows from before, including a music license finder, fee calculators, account management for existing members and a simple signup-process for new ones. Businesses can also get tariff applications delivered straight to their inbox, offloading a cumbersome process from SOCAN personnel.
On the surface, the new version of SOCAN’s mobile app isn’t a radical upgrade.
But major improvements to the code stabilizes performance across both operating systems, providing a more consistent and reliable experience for all users. The new version of the app makes it easier than ever for members to manage their account on the go.