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TikTok working on music to rival Spotify and Apple Music

TikTok Music may well be the next competitor to Apple Music and Spotify as ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, has just filed a trademark application for its potential music streaming service.

While TikTok has already established itself as one of the leading social media platforms and becoming the most popular video app on Android and iOS, the giant is now reportedly looking to expand its business to win other sectors. In reality, a new trademark application has been filed with the USPTO in May by the Chinese ByteDace, the parent company of TikTok.

As Business Insider reports, the request is for an app called TikTok Music that can be used on a computer or smartphone, and will allow “users to buy, play, share, download, download, recommend, share playlists, lyrics, quotes, take photos, edit and upload as playlist covers, comment on music, songs and albums”.

TikTok wants to tackle Spotify and Apple with its own music app

TikTok hasn’t officially announced anything yet, but the arrival of a streaming music service seems the most logical evolution for an application that already one of the world’s largest showcases for songs and artists. It’s not even the first time that a Spotify alternative has been rumored.

There was also speculation about this in 2019, although the company never officially announced anything. The arrival of TikTok on the music market can be very dangerous for Spotify and Apple Music, as TikTok is currently the only application not produced by Meta (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp) and has more than three billion downloads worldwide. ByteDance also described the service as advertising services, possibly suggesting that there will be an ad-supported option like the free tier Spotify, which saw its customers unsubscribe en masse earlier this year.