Musical.ly users opened their phones to a surprise today as they found the app replaced with a new logo and name: Tik Tok. The app was acquired by Chinese company ByteDance in November 2017, which absorbed Musical.ly into its own TikTok app this morning. Existing Musical.ly users have been migrated over to their new TikTok accounts, which have been updated with a new interface but still retains the core feature of both apps: short-form videos up to 15 seconds.
The app formerly known as Musical.ly — now listed as “Tik Tok – including musical.ly” on the Play Store — has been downloaded more than 100 million times. The old Tik Tok app (which isn’t available in the United States) has seen about half as many installs on the Play Store, but has a much larger user base in China. The new Tik Tok is meant to be a “global” app, according to its website. Musical.ly — the website — is still up, but just offers links to download the Tik Tok app.