“TikTok Music” could soon compete with Spotify and Apple Music

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TikTok Music could have an edge over existing music streaming services by introducing a social element (Image: Unsplash)

Spotify and Apple Music may soon have to compete with “TikTok Music” as the social media giant plans to enter the music streaming space.

In May, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance filed a trademark application for “TikTok Music,” suggesting the Chinese company could be preparing to compete with Spotify and Apple Music.

If filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office is approved, the trademarked phrase would apply to a mobile and tablet app where users “buy, play, share, download” music, songs, albums, lyrics and “create, recommend, share” his/her playlists’.

Sounds a lot like what music streaming giants Spotify and Apple Music are doing, right?

ByteDance filed a similar application in Australia last November, Insider reported. The latest update, May 13, says the bureau will hire a lawyer to review it in six months.

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TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, has filed a trademark application for “TikTok Music” (Image: Getty Images)

TikTok Music could have an edge over existing music streaming services by introducing a social element.

The filing mentions the ability to “comment on music, songs and albums,” a feature not yet available on Apple Music or Spotify.

A number of users are already using TikTok to discover virally trending new music every week. Spotify and Apple Music’s top curated playlists feature songs that first went viral on TikTok.

The app turned songs into hits like Doja Cat’s “Say So” with trendy dances and sounds. It’s also helped bring older songs back to the top of the charts, like Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.”

In 2021 alone, around 430 songs surpassed 1 billion video views when used as TikTok sounds, according to a TikTok report, and over 175 trending songs on TikTok later made the Billboard Hot 100.

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The submission mentions the ability to “comment on music, songs and albums,” a feature not yet available on Apple Music or Spotify (Image: Unsplash)

TikTok has already spooked its social media competitors like Meta’s Instagram, who have been desperate to imitate the short-form video-sharing app.

In just a few days, following a major backlash from users, Instagram has made a U-turn in rolling out new TikTok-like features to its app.

Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigen were some of the celebrities who took to Instagram to speak out about the proposed changes.

New features included an increase in video content shown to users and “recommendations,” which were criticized for blocking friends’ posts.

The shift towards more video content was an obvious move to try and win back people switching to TikTok.

Earlier in the week, the app’s boss, Adam Mosseri, posted several videos to Twitter explaining the changes and said he wanted to “continue to support photos.”

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/29/tiktok-music-might-soon-compete-with-spotify-and-apple-music-17091137/ "TikTok Music" could soon compete with Spotify and Apple Music

Justin Scacco

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