Are TikTok planning a music streaming app to go up against Apple and Spotify?

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2 Aug 2022, 15:25

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It looks as though TikTok is set to launch a new music streaming app to go up against Spotify. The video platform has filed patents for 'TikTok music', suggesting a music streaming app is on the way.

According to Insider and The Verge, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance 'filed a trademark application in May with the US Patent and Trademark Office' following on from the 'TikTok Music' trademark that was filed in Australia last November.

The service is thought to let users 'purchase, play, share and download music'. It would also allow users 'to create, share and recommend playlists, comment on music as well as livestream audio and video'.

In 2020, ByteDance launched the music streaming app Resso in India, Brazil and Indonesia and 'has some of the features described in the 'TikTok Music' patent filings.

Could ByteDance be planning on developing a Resso-inspired music streaming app? Or will a totally different new service be coming into play soon?

Watch/listen to this space.