At first glance Deezer appears to be nothing more than one of the many identikit Spotify clones popping up all over the place since the streaming music service exploded onto the scene a few years back, and in many respects it is, however, Deezer is a slightly different beastie to Spotify and the way in which it offers its services is a little different from its competitors.
So, you’re probably asking if you even need another music streaming software in the first place, I mean, chances are you’ve been using Spotify for some time already and hadn’t even heard of Deezer until fairly recently. Deezer has been in operation primarily in France since 2007, but it’s with the announcement that Facebook is integrating it into their music package, and Orange including a subscription with their Swapables service, that it looks set to take a considerable stab at the streaming music market outside of its homeland.
Ok, that’s enough background information, let’s get down to brass tacks! (Insert sound of fist slamming down forcefully on a slightly wobbly table.) What does Deezer have to offer over the competition, and is it worth changing from or choosing it over Spotify?
At a basic level Deezer is operating on the same principles as other music streaming services: search, stream, download and discover new music. The big difference is that Deezer is a web based service as opposed to Spotify, which is client based. This means that with Deezer you don’t need to download any software, you simply subscribe via the website and then have access to the vast library of music (around 20 million tracks) available. Deezer is also integrated with Soundcloud, which is a very nice little touch.
Deezer’s free option offers full use of its radio services but only thirty second clips of on demand music; you’ll need to pay for a full subscription to access this feature (there’s an unlimited number of plays on each track as well).
It’s with the mobile service that the most apparent difference to the competitors becomes apparent (and likely the primary reason why choosing Deezer over others may be appealing). The interface is clean, modern, slick and easy to use, admittedly not straying too far from the established design of other services like this, but very nice none the less…
…and the mobile option includes extra features like radio services…IN FACT. Deezer’s radio services are free on your mobile iOS device without a subscription, you’ll only need to pay if you intend on listening to on demand music via your smart phone.
In a similar vein to Spotifiy there’s the option of compiling your own customized play lists, which, along with full albums can be saved and streamed offline at your convenience on a mobile device.
Maybe Deezer’s greatest attribute is the fact that its service runs without any advertisements (I’m deadly serious)….which may not sound like much, but ask any Spotify user (admittedly only someone running a basic service) and I flat out GUARANTEE that their primary gripe will be unwanted interludes from disembodied voices trying to shill you various products.
With an ever expanding library of music and the recent link up with Facebook, Deezer stands to become a real heavy weight contender in the online streaming world. As it is right now there’s nothing really revolutionary or truly outstanding to differentiate Deezer from the competition, but it stands very well alongside them and will be worth keeping an eye on for future developments.