TikTok is soon to get a music app to become the source of new music that people discover every day. According to patent reports, TikTok parent ByteDance had filed a trademark application with the US Trademark Office for “TikTok Music” in May. According to the filing, the music app would let users purchase, play, share, and download music. It would also allow them to create, share, and recommend playlists, comment on music, and livestream audio and video, according to the documents cited in the report.
TikTok’s Parent ByteDance Already Has a Music App Named ‘Resso’
Moreover, TikTok’s parent ByteDance already has a music app named Resso which was launched in 2020. The music app is available in India, Brazil, and Indonesia and has some of the same features that have been described in the above-mentioned patent filing. ByteDance even uses TikTok to redirect users to Resso in Brazil. Users can directly go to Resso to listen to the full version of songs that they may have liked in a short video on TikTok.
The Resso app has about 40 million monthly users in India, Brazil, and Indonesia as of November 2021, which is not bad for a recently-launched app. In India, despite there being a ban on ByteDance’s popular TikTok, Resso is quite popular and the application saw a growth of 304 percent in active users between January 2021 to January 2022. Spotify, in comparison, only grew 38 percent. Given these numbers, a TikTok music app with branding will give big players like Spotify, YouTube Music, and Apple Music something to worry about.
TikTok is Also Working to Add HTML 5 Mini-Games to the App
In addition to this, the short videos app, TikTok is now planning to add HTML 5 mini-games to keep users amused while browsing videos. Users will be able to play games inside the app and they will be discoverable through a creator’s video. Rumors about TikTok’s HTML5 mini-games have been going on since the start of the year. Mobile game developer Zynga partnered with TikTok to launch Disco Loco 3D, which is a game similar to Zynga’s other popular title High Heels.