TikTok's Parent Company May Launch A Music Streaming Service Next Month

Daniel Fowler
November 19, 2019

The upcoming ByteDance music streaming app subscription could cost as much as $10 per month or below. It claims that TikTok has now been downloaded more than 1.5bn times from Apple's App Store and Android's Google Play, including 614m downloads in 2019 alone.

ByteDance's music streaming service will also include "a short video clip library for listeners to browse and synchronise songs while listening". The ByteDance was looking to go public as soon as the first quarter of next yr; the FT stated this month. Apple and Spotify would typically charge their all-you-can-stream offerings at the said rate.

So, it would be interesting to see how the music streaming app by ByteDance makes a foray into the Indian market, which is also the company's biggest market for the highly popular TikTok lip-sync video making service. TikTok thus has been at pains to explain that its Chinese and global versions are run separately, and data of worldwide users are not stored in China.

The Chinese entertainment app developer that has become the world's most valuable venture capital-backed startup is increasingly under pressure in the USA, where some worry the user data it's collecting could pose a national security risk.

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Alex Zhu, co-founder of Musical.ly, now head of Tik Tok. The company has said the Chinese government has no jurisdiction over the content ticktock. Now, Bytedance is out with a new launch.

Bytedance has not yet given a suitable name for his music app. Apparently, that information is only stored in one of two locations: primarily in Virginia in the USA with a backup server in Singapore. "But the reality is that the TikTok app does not operate in China, and we have been further building out and empowering teams in the markets where it does operate".

Zhu insists "the data of TikTok is only being used by TikTok for TikTok users", and it will be interesting to see how Washington responds to that statement.

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