Bytedance’s Douyin app now has 400m daily active users in China
A day after app-analytics companies were speculating about TikTok’s revenues, its parent company Bytedance has published some official numbers for Douyin – its Chinese short-videos app. They’re big. Douyin now has...
January 7, 2020
Bytedance tech could put anyone’s face into music videos
Given the current climate of suspicion around Chinese technology companies, stories about those firms that include the word ‘deepfake’ are bound to get attention. Witness this report from TechCrunch: “TikTok parent...
January 6, 2020
Bytedance hires former Tencent Music exec for Douyin role
Bytedance’s latest music hire will be focusing on its Douyin short-video app in China – the Chinese version of TikTok. The company has recruited Deng Linhai to lead Douyin’s music business, according to news site Technode....
January 3, 2020
We’ve tested Bytedance’s Resso app: here are our first impressions
Earlier this month, we reported on Resso, the new music-streaming app that TikTok’s parent company Bytedance is testing in India and Indonesia. We asked journalist Amit Gurbaxani, who has written regularly for Music Ally...
December 19, 2019
Bytedance tests music-streaming app Resso in India and Indonesia
Bytedance has begun testing its new music-streaming service Resso in India and Indonesia. Music Ally received a tip-off yesterday about the app’s availability, and began researching it, but since then Bloomberg has published...
December 11, 2019
Former WMG exec Ole Obermann confirms new role at TikTok
Ole Obermann was Warner Music Group’s chief digital officer until June 2019, when he left the company after reportedly declining to renew his contract. Recent gossip had suggested that Obermann was joining TikTok and/or...
December 9, 2019
Bytedance may separate TikTok from its Chinese operations
TikTok and its parent company Bytedance have been responding to the growing controversy in the US surrounding the social app’s content-moderation and data-privacy policies. Reuters reported yesterday that Bytedance has...
November 28, 2019
Bytedance streaming service could launch ‘as soon as next month’
Could the music industry be in for an early Christmas present of a new streaming service this year? The Financial Times has reported that Bytedance’s long-rumoured music-streaming service “aims to launch as soon as...
November 18, 2019
Bytedance faces US national-security review of Musical.ly acquisition
US politicians have been expressing unease about TikTok and its Chinese parent company Bytedance in recent weeks. Now it seems the latter company is facing a national-security review of its 2017 acquisition of social app...
November 4, 2019
Bytedance could go public as soon as the first quarter of 2020
Fresh from yesterday’s rumours about the name of Bytedance’s new music-streaming service, now there’s some new speculation about the company’s plans to go public. The Financial Times, no less, reported that Bytedance...
October 29, 2019
Could Bytedance’s music-streaming service be called Yinyuebang?
Several reports over the course of 2019 have pointed to TikTok’s parent company Bytedance’s plans to launch a music-streaming service, likely focused on developing music markets, with strong social elements. Now there...
October 28, 2019