Facebook has launched a new app called ‘Bars’ that will allow users to share videos of themselves rapping over pre-made beats.
The app provides beats and allows users to record 60-second videos rapping their own lyrics, which are then shared on a TikTok-style feed. Bars also suggests rhymes as users type lyrics. It also provides audio and visual filters, including an auto-tuning feature.
“Bars is a new application that allows you to create high-quality rap in a fun and easy way on hundreds of free rhythms. No formal rap experience required, you can create something great, whether you’ve thought of a great couplet or freestyle for years. ” ad posting on Instagram read.
Although the app focuses on music in particular, it appears that Bars is another attempt by Facebook to create a competitor to TikTok.
It is interesting to note that the app resembles TikTok when it comes to the user interface. For example, there are two tabs called ‘Featured’ and ‘New’ in the app. On TikTok, the two tabs are called ‘Next’ and ‘For you’.
In addition, the participation buttons are also placed in the lower right corner of the screen with the username on the left side, just like the TikTok interface. However, instead of liking videos through hearts like on TikTok, tapping a video in Bars gives it ‘Fire’ through a fire emoji.
The app is currently in closed beta and will only be available on iOS once it is released more widely. It is unknown if there will be an Android version soon.