Why TikTok could become Apple Music’s scariest rival

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2020 is the year everyone wants to be TikTok famous.
Everyone wants to be TikTok famous. In fact, TikTok could be the wave that crashes Apple Music's ship.
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It’s the year 2020 and absolutely everyone is making a streaming service, including TikTok.

The budding social network is hard at work inking licensing deals for its upcoming music streaming service, Resso, that will compete against Spotify and Apple Music. TikTok owner ByteDance reportedly struck a deal with the agency Merlin, which represents tens of thousands of artists, paving the way for the company to launch its music app globally.

Shifting focus from being a video-sharing app to creating a music platform may seem like an odd move for TikTok. But after months of binging on TikTok videos, I’m convinced it could become the biggest threat to Apple Music and Spotify.

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TikTok had a great fourth quarter.
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TikTok’s wild memes put hilarious spin on ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign

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Apple's famous tagline has become a punchline.
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Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone‘ campaign is taking over TikTok, only probably not in the way Apple would like.

‘Shot on iPhone’ ads have been used by Apple for years to highlight the amazing quality of videos and photos that can be captured by normal people. Now TikTok users are reappropriating the term to show the type of dumb videos most people actually shoot on their iPhones and the results are absolutely hilarious.

Check out this compilation of funny ‘Shot on iPhone’ TikToks:

Apple and TikTok both absent from congressional hearing about tech in China

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Hong Kong police arrest smugglers with $1 million of iPhones and other devices
Tim Cook has said that China represents Apple's future biggest market.
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Apple and Chinese music video app TikToks were the two holdouts at a U.S. congressional hearing Tuesday regarding the tech industry and China. Both were represented by empty seats.

Republican senator Josh Hawley slammed the two as “two sides of the same coin when it comes to data security.” TikTok represents the entry of Chinese tech platforms into the U.S., Hawley said. Meanwhile, Apple represents “the danger of American tech companies’ operations in China.”

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Adults may be befuddled by TikTok, but there's no denying its popularity!
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TikTok has amassed more than 1 billion downloads around the world.
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TikTok has come under fire in India.
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