19 November 2019
As reported last month, TikTok owner ByteDance has started testing a music streaming app named Resso. The app is currently in beta phase and is available for users in India and Indonesia. This is because the company has set its eyes on emerging markets where music streaming is yet to become mainstream.
ByteDance's Resso music streaming app offers ad-supported music listening experience as well as a premium subscription. The latter is priced at Rs. 119 per month in India which is exactly the same as Spotify Premium pricing in the country. The app has a collection of local songs (Hindi, Punjabi, Bollywood, etc) and international tracks but the overall catalog is fairly small. This is because ByteDance is yet to sign a deal with the world's three biggest music record labels: Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment. The only labels it has currently signed with are Indian ones: T-Series and Times Music.
Resso's user interface is fairly simple and supports swipe gestures for controlling music. The home screen of the app is set to the currently playing music interface that shows Your Daily Mix unless you start listening to some other playlist, album or artist. The app shows real-time lyrics for the song you choose to play. It also allows users to 'heart' a song, add comments, and share with others which adds a social media-like experience to the app.
One unique thing about Resso is that it lets you add "Vibe" to tracks. It allows you to add an animated GIF or a short video to the song that will be displayed in the background whenever that song is played. All the vibes added to any song are visible to all the users on the app. It means while you are listening to a song, you can also choose to change its "vibe" from the available ones.
Like any other music streaming app, Resso has a good collection of playlists and top charts to help you discover the right music for you. Some of the playlists include Chill, Bollywood, Indie, Hip-Hop, Party, Romance, EDM, Workout, Pop, Indian Pop, and Upbeat among others. Similarly, some of the charts feature Resso Top 30, New Release Hot 20, Chill Top 30, New India Top 20, Hindi Top 20, English Top 20, etc.
As said in the beginning, Resso also offers a premium subscription that offers ad-free music streaming with the ability to download songs for offline listening. Other benefits of the paid plan are that you will get unlimited skips and you will be able to stream music in "Excellent" audio quality otherwise, you will have to choose from Good, Regular or Auto. ByteDance is currently offering a 14-day free trial of the Premium membership that can be extended to 30 days.
- Resso | Android | Google Play Store, Free
- Resso | iOS | iTunes App Store, Free