Pitchfork calls TikTok ‘the great music meme scam’
Pitchfork spares no punches in its profile of social-video app TikTok, drawing an unflattering comparison between the value of its parent company Bytedance, and the level of royalties being paid to musicians for use of their...
February 13, 2019
India draws up new rules for ‘intermediary’ apps like TikTok
Social apps from overseas, particularly China, have been dominating the upper reaches of app stores in India. Now the government is responding, with new regulations aimed at ‘intermediary’ apps that get their content...
February 5, 2019
Study tips YouTube to decline in popularity with British kids
Will children ever tire of YouTube? Surely not! Yet that’s the suggestion being made in a new report published by research firm Kids Insights, which is out today. “According to our data across all ages 4-18 the...
February 4, 2019
TikTok is testing advertisements in the UK and US
Social-video app TikTok is finally ready to turn on some monetisation features, in the form of in-app advertisements and branded content. Digiday has the story: it spotted an ad for food-delivery app GrubHub earlier this...
February 1, 2019
Sandbox Issue 220: Vault-ing Ambitions
Lead: While Netflix viewers are currently obsessing over Marie Kondo and her rules on de-cluttering the home (instructing viewers to only hold onto the things that “spark joy”), a different approach needs to happen in...
January 28, 2019
TikTok owner launches new app but barely hits revenue targets
Chinese tech firm Bytedance is the owner of social-music-video app TikTok (called Douyin in its home country) which is growing rapidly around the world. However, Bytedance has just launched a new app in China called Duoshan,...
January 16, 2019
Alan Walker launches #DifferentWorld challenge on TikTok
The latest artist to launch a challenge for users of social-video app TikTok is Alan Walker. It’s called Different World – the same title as his debut album – and has an environmental theme to match the title track’s...
January 15, 2019
Chinese government clamps down on short-video apps’ content
There may be trouble brewing for TikTok and the other ‘short-video’ apps that have proven so popular in China over the last year. The Financial Times reported on a new set of industry guidelines, directed by the Chinese...
January 14, 2019
TikTok culture is wider (and possibly crueller) than its app
Many people in the music industry are trying to get a handle on social-video app TikTok: particularly how young people are using it, and what kind of culture is growing around their shared clips. If you’re one of those...
January 10, 2019
TikTok ‘Lite’ apps have been installed 12m times already
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify are among the apps that have launched ‘lite’ versions aimed mainly at markets where mobile networks are slower, and/or where mobile data is more expensive. Now social-video app...
January 7, 2019
Social music app TikTok gains momentum in the US
Based on app-store charts in the west, Chinese social-music app TikTok is picking up a fine head of steam, following its merger with Musical.ly earlier this year. Now there is more data on that from tech site The Verge,...
November 16, 2018
TikTok owner Beijing Bytedance is raising $3bn of funding
Fresh from shutting down social app Musical.ly – or rather merging it with another app called TikTok and keeping the latter brand – Beijing Bytedance Technology is preparing for a monster funding round. The Wall Street...
August 8, 2018