After months of speculation, TikTok has officially launched their premium-only music streaming service in Brazil and Indonesia.
With months of leaks and rumours, dating as far back as May last year, TikTok’ parent company ByteDance has finally launched TikTok Music. To start with, TikTok Music will only be available in two of the three countries ByteDance’s existing music streaming service Resso is available in – Brazil and Indonesia. Resso will be shutting down in both Brazil and Indonesia from September 5. Subscribers can transfer their memberships and library to TikTok Music.
What is TikTok Music?
At present, TikTok Music is mostly a rebrand of Resso, with existing features such as a large catalogue of music available for streaming, offline playback, mobile and desktop apps, a swipable music discovery feed, comments, collaborative playlists, real-time lyrics, lyric search, and Song Catch – a Shazam-style music identification tool.
Resso shut down their free model back in May earlier this year. TikTok Music is following suit, as a subscription-only music streaming service.
In terms of new features, as you can expect based on the new name, there’s more connection between the new music streaming service and TikTok. Users can sync their TikTok and TikTok Music accounts. There’s also a discovery feature, that highlights tracks that have gone viral on TikTok. Hopefully this tighter TikTok integration will help transform viral snippets into full-length streams.
Sony Music, who pulled their catalogue from Resso last September, are back on board, with their catalogue now available on both TikTok Music and Resso. There’s also music from major labels Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, as well as plenty of other indie labels, licensing agencies and distributors, like us!
Users can import their libraries and playlists from other streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.
We are pleased to introduce TikTok Music, a new kind of service that combines the power of music discovery on TikTok with a best-in-class streaming service. We are excited about the opportunities TikTok Music presents for both music fans and artists, and the great potential it has for driving significant value to the music industry.Ole Obermann, Global Head of Music Business Development, TikTok
How much is TikTok Music?
- R$ 16.9 ($3.49) per month
- 49,000 rupiah ($3.25) per month on iOS
- 44,900 rupiah ($2.96) per month on Android for the first year, then 49,000 rupiah
This pricing undercuts Spotify Premium in both countries, which is priced at R$ 19.90 in Brazil and 49,990 rupiah in Indonesia. However, with no free tier, TikTok Music may struggle to gain initial interest.
How to download TikTok Music
TikTok Music is available to download on mobile and desktop in Brazil and Indonesia now, at music.tiktok.com. There is no word yet on a further roll out at this point. We’ll have to see whether TikTok Music gets much engagement in these countries to start with.
How to upload to TikTok Music
All tracks that are already sent to TikTok via RouteNote, are automatically available on TikTok Music. If you don’t distribute to TikTok with RouteNote, what are you waiting for? It’s free and easy to get your music on the most exciting social media and music streaming apps! Find out more here.