In light of how tightly intertwined the music discovery is and TikTok and music discovery, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the company would launch an app for streaming music that is its own. The patents that Insider discovered indicate that TikTok is working on exactly this.
According to the application it would allow users buy and play, share, as well as download songs. It will also allow users to create, share and suggest playlists, as well as comment on music, and livestreaming audio and video. ByteDance already applied for the “TikTok Music” trademark in Australia in November.
ByteDance already has experience in streaming music. In the year 2020, ByteDance introduced the music streaming app Resso that was launched that was available in India, Brazil, and Indonesia. Resso comes with many of the same features that are described by the “TikTok Music” filing, like the ability to make playlists, upload songs to social networks, and engage with the community of the app.
ByteDance even makes use of TikTok to draw customers who are already there to Resso. According to an article from The Information, the TikTok application in Brazil includes an option that directs users to Resso where they can hear the complete version the track they’re interested in This will keep users in the ByteDance community.
The Information also reported that Resso had more than forty million users per month in India, Brazil, and Indonesia at the time of November 2021. This is a figure which is expected to increase. In the past year, an analysis by Insider discovered that Resso’s active monthly users increased by 304 percent from January 2021 and Jan. 2022 India alone, in contrast to the growth of 38 percent for Spotify across the country over the same time.
It’s not known if ByteDance plans to develop an app for streaming music based on the Resso framework or if they will create something different completely. Like TikTok has had a significant impact on how social media sites function It’s likely that an music streaming application that includes TikTok tie-ins could revolutionize the industry of streaming music forcing companies to adjust.