May 19, 2024

TikTok Music will be sent to Australia, Mexico and Singapore for testing

TikTok is rolling out its new subscription-based music streaming platform – aptly named TikTok Music – to new markets, nearly two weeks after the service for the first time in Indonesia and Brazil. According to a press release shared with The ChampionshipTikTok is inviting select users from Australia, Mexico, and Singapore to participate in a closed beta test starting today, giving participants a three-month free trial of the TikTok Music service.

“TikTok Music is a new type of music service that combines the power of music discovery on TikTok with a music streaming service that offers millions of tracks from thousands of artists,” the company said in its press release. Participating users can join the beta by downloading the TikTok Music app, by visiting music.tiktok.com, or directly from the Apple App store or Google Play store.

According to the information listed on the already launched regional websites, TikTok Music subscription costs AUD11.99 ($8.18 USD) per month in AustraliaMXN$115 ($6.87 USD) in Mexicoand S$9.90 ($7.47 USD) in Singapore. TikTok Music is also available as a discounted subscription for university students and family plans for up to six accounts.

TikTok Music can be synced with a TikTok account to listen, share and download tracks found on the standard platform.

While TikTok Music has its own dedicated app, the new streaming service can also be linked to a standard TikTok account, allowing users to listen, share and download music they discover through the social media platform. Users will be able to share their favorite TikTok Music tracks and artists with their community on the main TikTok service.

The service includes features that allow users to import their music library, download songs for offline listening, create collaborative playlists, view lyrics in real-time, and find tracks by searching their lyrics. The service also includes a Shazam-like feature to identify songs heard nearby and allows TikTok Music subscribers to leave comments and interact with other users.

The listing for TikTok Music on the Google Play store gives us a hint of what the app’s interface will look like.
Image: TikTok / Google Play

There’s currently no word on when we can expect TikTok Music to launch in the US, although the company said in its press release that it will have “more news to share regarding the launch of TikTok Music in the coming months.” TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, filed a trademark application for TikTok Music in Australia back in November 2021after that after that another filing and the US Patent and Trademark Office in May of last year adding some certainty that ByteDance has plans to launch TikTok Music in the US despite government concerns.

TikTok is already a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. The platform has driven the success of many hit songs since its launch in 2016, helping users discover new artists and tracks through viral trends. Many of these songs are dedicatedly collected TikTok playlists on rival streaming services, so it makes sense that TikTok would want to compete directly with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. The company also has partnerships in place with Sony Music, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group cancel their audio library.

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