TikTok will have its own AI music generator

Kerem Gülen
Jul 5, 2023
Music and Video

There's a new game changer stepping up to the plate: Ripple, the latest ingenious app launched by ByteDance, the parent company of the social media sensation, TikTok. The unveiling of Ripple marks ByteDance's foray into the realm of music creation with an impressive focus on AI assistance.

Currently in its embryonic stage, Ripple is being tested through an invite-only closed beta program. The application is positioned to emulate the functionality of digital audio workstations, but it sets itself apart by offering a simpler, more streamlined approach. Ripple's allure lies in its focus on accessibility, stripping away the technical intricacies of traditional DAWs.

The user interface of Ripple is disarmingly straightforward. Imagine humming a melody into your phone's mic and having that hum transformed into a polished track complete with AI-generated instrumentals, including drums, guitar, and bass. The track duration directly corresponds to the length of the user's hum - hum a symphony, get a symphony; hum a snippet, get a snippet.

However, Ripple does maintain certain limits. While it's a virtuoso at generating instrumental music, it leaves the realm of vocals untouched. This, in essence, turns Ripple into a convenient tool for aspiring artists who may not have instrumental skills, but harbor a burning desire to create original music.

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Moving beyond simple track generation, Ripple offers a "virtual recording studio" where users can further refine their musical creations. They can cut and move audio files, effectively sculpting their ideal song from the raw materials provided by the AI.

Could this move give TikTok a monopoly in the market?

The proprietary nature of the music used to train Ripple is a strategic move by ByteDance. The company has either created the training data themselves or obtained the necessary licenses, thereby ensuring that they navigate clear of any potential copyright complications.

Ripple is not just a standalone endeavor. It's intrinsically tied to TikTok, enabling users to import their Ripple-created tracks for use as background music on the video-sharing platform.

Ripple is shaping up to be yet another feather in ByteDance's cap. It embodies the merging of music, technology, and creativity, offering users an unprecedented platform for musical exploration and creation. The seamless interconnection with TikTok could also herald a new era of user-generated music in the world of social media. With Ripple, ByteDance is humming a tune of innovation, and it seems the world is ready to join the chorus.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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