TikTok launches subscription-based music streaming service

Chinese short-video making app TikTok has launched a subscription-based music streaming service to take on market leaders Apple and Spotify.
YouTube MusicTikTok Music, the subscription-only music streaming service, is available in Brazil and Indonesia.

A TikTok Music subscription costs $3.49 a month in Brazil, and $3.25 for iOS users in Indonesia.

Android users in Indonesia need to pay $2.96 a month for the first year, then $3.25 afterwards.

TikTok Music doesn’t include a free membership option, but offers a one-month free trial.

The service replaces ByteDance’s existing streaming service, Resso, which will shut down on September 5 in Brazil and Indonesia.

Existing Resso users can transfer their accounts to the new app with the click of a button.

“We are introducing TikTok Music, a new kind of service that combines the power of music discovery on TikTok with a best-in-class streaming service. TikTok Music will make it easy for people in Indonesia and Brazil to save, download and share their favourite viral tracks from TikTok,” Ole Obermann, global head of Music Business Development at TikTok, said in a statement.

TikTok Music lets users sync the service to their existing TikTok accounts and listen, download and share songs.

The service includes the catalogs of major record companies, including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music.

TikTok Music lets you play full versions of viral TikTok songs, discover personalised music recommendations, access lyrics in real time, create collaborative playlists with friends, import your music library and find songs via lyrics search.