If I was to ask what TikTok is, I would probably get a bunch of different answers. “short-form video hosting platform” is the official description, but isn't it more than that? Visual journal, content creation tool, news platform, entertainment app? TikTok is essentially anything you want it to be, as long as your needs are based on videos.
Pure audio doesn't really fit into the purpose of TikTok. However, that may be about to change as TikTok owner ByteDance has filed a trademark application for a new application known as “TikTok Music.”
Of course, TikTok has a deep relationship with music, but it so far accompanies the visual components of the site. Filed on May 9, the trademark was filed in the United States after previously also being filed in Australia.
A report from Business Insider shows that the app will allow users to download music, shares it, purchase it, and see lyrics. Users will also be able to create playlists and add cover photos. In other words, this will be a music streaming service similar to Spotify. It seems ByteDance will also add the ability to stream video content associated with the music.
ByteDance has a history with music apps, running is Resso application in emerging markets such as Indonesia, India, and Brazil. The difference here is that the company is now going to use the TikTok brand to sell a music streaming service.
There is currently no official word on the TikTok Music app or when it will launch.
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