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Insanely popular lip-syncing app Musical.ly just got acquired for $1 billion

Musical.ly, the massively popular social lip-syncing app beloved by teenagers, has a new owner. Chinese tech firm Beijing Bytedance reportedly just acquired the company for as much as $1 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. If you’re not familiar with Musical.ly, just inquire with the nearest teenager or tween. There’s a decent chance they’re … Continue reading “Insanely popular lip-syncing app Musical.ly just got acquired for $1 billion”

Insanely popular lip-syncing app Musical.ly just got acquired for $1 billion
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Musical.ly, the massively popular social lip-syncing app beloved by teenagers, has a new owner. Chinese tech firm Beijing Bytedance reportedly just acquired the company for as much as $1 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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If you’re not familiar with Musical.ly, just inquire with the nearest teenager or tween. There’s a decent chance they’re among the app’s 60 million active users–or at least have friends who use it. In short, the app lets people record videos of themselves singing or lip-syncing along with popular songs and share them on what has become one of the fastest-growing social media platforms around.

How far the Musical.ly craze will continue into the future is anybody’s guess, but for now the buy looks like quite a win for Bytedance in the war over our attention spans.

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John Paul Titlow is a writer at Fast Company focused on music and technology, among other things. Find me here: Twitter: @johnpaul Instagram: @feralcatcolonist

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