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TikTok parent ByteDance to launch music streaming service next month: Report

ByteDance aims to launch its music streaming as soon as next month, initially in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and Brazil.

tech Updated: Nov 18, 2019 09:34 IST
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TikTok owner ByteDance plans to launch music streaming
TikTok owner ByteDance plans to launch music streaming (REUTERS)
         

TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is in talks with big music labels - Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music - for global licensing deals to include their songs on its new music subscription service, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

ByteDance is looking to launch its music streaming as soon as next month, initially in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and Brazil, before a future opening in the United States, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

In addition to on-demand music, ByteDance’s app will include a library of short video clips for listeners to search through and synch to songs as they listen, the report added.

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ByteDance has not given a name to its music app yet and pricing remains unclear, although it is expected to cost less than the $10 a month charged by Spotify Technology SA, Apple Inc and others in the United States, according to the report. 

The company was not immediately available for comment on Sunday.