TikTok acquires AI music startup that will let users create their own songs

This will allow users to share their creations more freely.


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Jul 24, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:06 am CDT

The short-form video app TikTok may soon include AI-generated music. TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, has reportedly acquired the startup Jukedeck and its AI music capabilities.

A Jukedeck tool, known as Jukebox, allows users to automatically churn out a song and adjust everything from its length and tempo to where the track climaxes.

Numerous Jukedeck employees updated their LinkedIn profiles to state that they now work for ByteDance, as reported by Music Alley. Details about the timeline and cost of the acquisition are being kept under wraps.

Jukedecks’s website was also taken offline, with a message stating that the company will soon return.

“We can’t tell you more just yet, but we’re looking forward to continuing to fuel creativity using musical AI!” the company’s site reads.

While ByteDance hasn’t revealed why it purchased Jukedeck, it is believed that AI-generated music will allow the company to save money in the long run.

Currently, most of the songs used on TikTok are licensed. The best memes to come out of TikTok are often based on hit songs like “Old Town Road” by viral sensation Lil Nas X. But it costs money for TikTok to use those songs, and creators often deal with copyright issues if they attempt to post their content anywhere else online.

AI-generated music, however, will be royalty-free, meaning users can share their creations much more widely without having to worry about major record labels coming after them. TikTok will be saving some big dollars in the process as well.

But would TikTok users choose their own music over major hit songs? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.


H/T the Verge

Got five minutes? We’d love to hear from you. Help shape our journalism and be entered to win an Amazon gift card by filling out our 2019 reader survey.

Share this article
*First Published: Jul 24, 2019, 3:28 pm CDT