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TikTok has helped users Discover both current and past musical artists, and now it may be starting its own music streaming service. Parent ByteDance has filed a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for “TikTok Music”, Insider has reported. The service allows users to “purchase, play, share, download music, songs, albums, lyrics… live stream audio and video… edit and upload photos as playlist covers. [and] commentary on music, songs and albums.”

ByteDance already has a music streaming app called Resso, but it is only available in India, Brazil and Indonesia. That app has some of the features mentioned in the trademark application, such as playlists, song sharing, and community interaction. In addition, TikTok redirects users in Brazil to the full song on Resso, such as Insider notes.

The trademark application was first filed in Australia and then filed in the US on May 9. It’s not clear whether it plans to base such a service on Resso, but it needs to demonstrate that it will actually use the trademark before applying for it in the US — so it’s not just a placeholder, according to Insider. The company also described that you can “live stream audio and video interactive media programming in the fields of entertainment, fashion, sports and current events,” among other possible use cases.

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