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TikTok parent Bytedance launches Spotify rival Resso in India… without Universal’s catalog

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It’s the Spotify rival that impressed ex-Spotify CFO Barry McCarthy a lot, he admitted it was filled with “actually intelligent social options”.

Resso, the music streaming app owned by TikTok mum or dad Bytedance, has right this moment (March 4) publicly launched in India, taking up the likes of SPOT, plus Gaana, JioSaavn and Apple Music out there.

Resso reportedly launches in India with a cut up value providing: there’s a free-to-use tier which presents music streaming at 128kbps, whereas a paid tier is offered for Rs 99 ($1.35) per 30 days on Android and Rs 119 ($1.62) per 30 days on iOS. Each paid choices provide streaming as much as 256kbps with no promoting.

The launch of Resso in India has been licensed by the likes of Sony Music Leisure, Warner Music Group, Beggars Group and Merlin, in addition to giant native India-based rightsholders resembling T-Sequence, Saregama, Zee Music, Occasions Music and Ideas.

Discover an organization title lacking there? Yup: Common Music Group.


As TechCrunch factors out, UMG is about to promote 10% of its enterprise (presumably as much as 20% over the course of time) to Tencent Holdings Ltd, following the completion of a deal on the shut of 2019.

Tencent is more and more being positioned within the media as a direct rival to fellow China-based big Bytedance. That is significantly true in terms of Tencent Music Leisure (TME), which is majority-owned by Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Might this possession construction have something to do with UMG holding out on licensing Resso for India? Or is that this merely a matter of extra primary, value-based licensing issues?

Lest we neglect that, in accordance with MBW’s sources, UMG is but to re-license Spotify globally after its most up-to-date multi-year worldwide settlement with Daniel Ek’s service expired in Q1 2020.


Resso, which initially launched in India and Indonesia on a trial foundation on the finish of final 12 months, places a heavy emphasis on social sharing attributes (which is the component of the app which galvanized Barry McCarthy final 12 months).

Customers can use the app to share snippets of lyrics or whole tracks throughout various social media platforms. They’ll additionally touch upon tracks they love, whereas interacting inside the platform’s personal social media-like communities.

“Resso – it’s the perfect new platform I’ve seen since Spotify. I hope the music trade embraces it, and I hope Bytedance doesn’t get turned off by the complexities of getting licenses.”

Fred Davis, Raine Group (talking final month)

Raine Group associate Fred Davis, who suggested Daniel Ek in the course of the early years of Spotify, advised MBW final month: “The only most fun firm I cope with right this moment is Bytedance. I’ve seen [Bytedance’s audio service] Resso – it’s the perfect new platform I’ve seen since Spotify. I hope the music trade embraces it, and I hope Bytedance doesn’t get turned off by the complexities of getting licenses.

“The music trade wants one other platform to succeed, to me that is completely the perfect one which’s on the market and they need to embrace it as rapidly as they may.”



Bytedance’s TikTok surpassed over 1.5bn to-date downloads worldwide in November final 12 months.

Contemplating that the app is now being downloaded over 100m occasions per 30 days, it seems to be probably that TikTok will surpass 2bn lifetime downloads in Q2 this 12 months.Music Enterprise Worldwide

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