TikTok parent ByteDance is shutting down its premium music streaming service Resso in India on January 31.
A ByteDance spokesperson confirmed the news today (January 11), and told MBW that “unfortunately, owing to local market conditions, we can no longer continue to serve users of Resso in India”.
They added: “We have therefore taken the decision to shut down Resso and its associated operations on January 31. Users will be offered a refund of their remaining subscription fees.”
The app is no longer available to download from Google Play or the Apple App Store in India.
It does still work for those users in the market who have already downloaded it, but they won’t be able to buy a new subscription.
ByteDance confirmed today that TikTok Music, the separate premium music streaming service that it’s currently focused on rolling out globally, will not be affected by Resso’s exit from India.
“Unfortunately, owing to local market conditions, we can no longer continue to serve users of Resso in India.”
TikTok Music is available in five markets: Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia.
Resso ceased to operate in Brazil and Indonesia as of September 5, 2023 (following the launch of TikTok Music in those two markets).
TikTok Music said last year that Resso users would be able to transfer their accounts to the new app “with the click of a button”.
ByteDance confirmed today that there are no plans to launch TikTok Music in India.
That means that the recorded music catalog of Universal Music Group is not currently available on TikTok’s premium music streaming service in Australia, Singapore and Mexico. (For clarity: UMG’s recorded music catalog is available on TikTok Music in Brazil and Indonesia.)Music Business Worldwide