ByteDance today already operates the streaming music service named Resso in markets including in India, Brazil, and Indonesia. But the references to TikTok Music in the Resso app hint that the China-based company might sync user activity between the two apps. In addition, the code refers to TikTok Music as part of TikTok.
It’s unclear whether TikTok will test its music service under the Resso moniker globally, or launch a separate app for that.
The company has also launched a site “music.tiktok.com” for certain regions — references of which were also found in the code — suggesting that the service may launch first in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Malaysia, and Singapore. You can’t download the client yet, and if you try to click on the download button a pop will tell you “We are working hard to bring you the desktop version. Check back soon.”
The mobile version of the site suggests that the download button will take users to the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
The site’s terms of service also uses the brand “TikTok Music,” we found.
“Welcome to TikTok Music! TikTok Music, one of our Services defined under the TikTok Terms, is a music streaming service that allows users to listen to music,” the term page reads. Many of the pages on the site have placeholder text indicating that it is still under development. This could mean that ByteDance is preparing to start testing the service in certain geographies.
The code references aren’t the only hints that a TikTok Music brand is in the works.
If ByteDance launches its own music service, it could drive these streams toward its own app — whether that’s Resso or TikTok Music — allowing it to earn advertising and subscription revenue.
TikTok didn’t reply to requests for comment on this story.
ByteDance’s music app Resso offers hints about TikTok Music’s launch by Ivan Mehta originally published on TechCrunch