New Delhi: Chinese short-video-making app TikTok has launched a subscription-based music streaming service to take on market leaders Apple and Spotify. The company launched a subscription-only music streaming service called “TikTok Music” in Australia, Mexico and Singapore, TechCrunch reported.
The expansion comes about two weeks after TikTok launched the music streaming service in Brazil and Indonesia. TikTok Music lets users sync the service with their existing TikTok accounts and listen, download, and share songs.
The service includes catalogs from major record companies, including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music.
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“TikTok Music is a new kind of music service that combines the power of music discovery on TikTok with a music streaming service offering millions of tracks from thousands of artists,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.
It added, “We’re now beta testing TikTok Music in Australia, Mexico and Singapore and we’ll have more news to share on the launch of TikTok Music in the coming months.”
According to the report, the company has invited users from Australia, Mexico and Singapore to participate in the TikTok Music closed beta test. All participants in the closed beta will receive a free three-month trial of the service.
The report states that the price of TikTok music subscription will be $8.16 per month in Australia, $6.86 in Mexico and $7.48 in Singapore. The TikTok app is already a popular tool for discovering music, and has often been used to help popularize songs after being used in viral videos.
By providing users a way to listen to and discover music, the company is competing directly with Spotify and Apple.
The report states that TikTok Music lets you play full versions of viral TikTok songs, discover personalized music recommendations, access lyrics in real-time, create collaborative playlists with friends, import your music library and find songs through song search.