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TikTok launched its music streaming service in Australia, Mexico and Singapore

TikTok launched a new subscription-only music streaming service called “TikTok Music” in Australia, Mexico and Singapore. Today’s expansion comes nearly two weeks after TikTok debuted on the music streaming service in Brazil and Indonesia.

The streaming service allows users to sync the service to their existing TikTok account and listen, download and share songs. The service includes a catalog of major record companies, including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music.

TikTok said it was inviting users in Australia, Mexico and Singapore to participate in the closed beta test of TikTok Music starting today. To join, users need to download the TikTok Music app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or by visiting music.tiktok.com. All participants in the closed beta will receive a free three-month trial of the service.

The company told Zero2Billions that a TikTok Music subscription costs AUD11.99 ($8.16 USD) per month in Australia, Mex$115 ($6.86 USD) in Mexico and S$9.90 ($7.48 USD) in Singapore.

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TikTok hasn’t shared any details about when it plans to launch the streaming service in the United States, but said it will share more about the streaming service soon. It’s been over a year since TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance file a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a service called “TikTok Music”.

“TikTok Music is a new type of music service that combines the discovery power of music on TikTok with a music streaming service that offers millions of songs from thousands of artists,” a company spokesperson said by email. “We are currently beta testing TikTok Music in Australia, Mexico and Singapore, and will have more news to share about the launch of TikTok Music in the coming months.”

TikTok is already a popular tool for discovering music, and can often lead to songs becoming even more popular after being used in viral videos and trends. By offering users a way to listen to and discover music, the company is in direct competition with Spotify, Apple and Amazon.

The streaming service lets you listen to the full versions of TikTok’s viral songs, find personalized music recommendations, access lyrics in real time, create collaborative playlists with friends, import your music library, and find songs via the lyrics search feature. TikTok Music features Shazam-like functionality and also lets you download songs for offline listening. In addition, the service includes social features, as TikTok notes that users can express themselves through comments and connect with other music lovers.

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