TikTok may no longer be relevant to India, but it is the only cause of headache for Google and Meta, especially in the US. For Google, this is the reason why teens are abandoning their search as they now get answers to all their search queries on the evolving platform of TikTok. The meta is right in the eye of a storm for copying TikTok, due to which it faced backlash from the Kardashians. Looks like tiktok. It will now be working on a music streaming app.
According to a patent filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, discovered by Insider, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is working on an app called “TikTok Music”. The patent revealed that the new app will allow users to buy, play, share and download music. Users can also be able to create, share and recommend playlists, comment on music, and live stream audio and video. Everything you can do on TikTok Music makes it look like a potential rival to Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Music.
While details on TikTok Music are scarce, this won’t be ByteDance’s first foray into the streaming space. In 2020, ByteDance launched Resso, a music streaming app closely related to TikTok, in India, Brazil and Indonesia. Resso has the same features that ByteDance included in its filing for TikTok Music. But Resso is not available everywhere, which is suitable for TikTok Music. With TikTok to its name, the upcoming ByteDance app has more potential to become globally popular.
ByteDance’s Reso is so seamlessly tied to TikTok that the latter has a button in select markets that redirects users to the music streaming app. TikTok is banned in India, but Resso is still available. As of November last year, Resso had over 40 million monthly users in India, Brazil and Indonesia, according to The Information. Even though TikTok was not available, Resso continued to grow. Insider reports that monthly active users of Resso in India grew by 304 percent between January 2021 and January 2022.
For what it’s worth, ByteDance plans to take on the big guys in the music streaming space where Spotify and Apple Music are the biggest names. It would not be an exaggeration to say that TikTok’s entry into space will hinder it like never before.
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