Tencent-backed music apps KuGou (酷狗 in Chinese), QQ Music (QQ音乐) and Kuwo (酷我) were the three most popular music apps in China in terms of monthly active users (MAU) in the first quarter of 2017, according to a report recently released by mobile market research firm QuestMobile (in Chinese).

The entries of internet bigwigs such as Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, and NetEase have served to create the patchwork pattern of the mobile music streaming market.

Tencent-backed music apps include QQ Music, KuGou, Kuwo and Duomi (多米 in Chinese), while Alibaba owns Alibaba Planet (阿里星球) and Xiami Music (虾米音乐). Baidu’s music app Baidu Music merged in 2015 with the Taihe Music Group.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.