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Deezer is a web-based music streaming service. It allows users to listen to music content from record labels including EMI, Sony, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group on various devices online or offline. Created in Paris, France, Deezer currently has 35 million licensed tracks in its library, over 30,000 radio channels, 16 million monthly active users, and 5 million paid subscribers as of 6 November 2013. The service is available for Web, Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian.
- 1 History
- 2 Availability
- 3 Features
- 3.1 Catalogue
- 3.2 Available while traveling
- 3.3 Equalizer
- 3.4 Crossfader
- 3.5 Deezer App Studio
- 3.6 Explore
- 3.7 Flow
- 3.8 Follow Artists
- 3.9 Google Chromecast support
- 3.10 Hear This
- 3.11 Audio Quality
- 3.12 Last.fm integration
- 3.13 LiveBar
- 3.14 My MP3
- 3.15 Offline Mode
- 3.16 Playlists
- 3.17 Radio Stations & SmartRadio
- 3.18 Social media integration
- 4 Accounts and subscriptions
- 5 Available devices
- 6 Concerns over Android application
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
In 2006, Daniel Marhely developed the first version of Deezer, called Blogmusik, in Paris. Its idea was to give unlimited access to music lovers through streaming technology.
The site in its original incarnation was charged with copyright infringement by French agency SACEM, and after being shut down in April 2007 was relaunched as Deezer in August, having reached an agreement with SACEM to pay copyright holders with revenue from advertising on the site and by giving users the ability to download songs streamed on Deezer from iTunes, with Deezer receiving a commission from each purchase.
At the time of its launch in 2007, Deezer had not yet negotiated agreements with major music labels and therefore offered a limited catalogue. It took more than two years for agreements to be signed with the four largest labels, as well as various smaller ones, but by 2011 the company had rights to about eight million songs. During August 2007, its first month of operations, Deezer saw about 773,000 visitors to its site, with traffic increasing rapidly in the next several years—2.75 million people used the service in May 2008, and there were seven million users by December 2009.
Despite high traffic, Deezer almost immediately ran into financial problems—during the first half of 2008, the company saw revenue of just 875,000 euros, not enough to pay its licensing fees. In July 2008, the company began running ads itself through advertising agency Deezer Media; in October, Deezer secured $8.4 million in funding from AGF Private Equity and CM-CIC Capital Prive, bringing total investment in the company to $15.8 million. The company introduced mandatory registration in February 2009 to gather more precise data on users, in order to run more targeted ads, and in November 2009 began running audio ads between songs.
On 5 November 2009, Deezer launched a new three-tier service model. While continuing basic free web streaming, the company also introduced two subscription services—users paying €4.99 monthly received higher-quality music without ads, and users paying €9.99 monthly gained access to downloadable applications for computers, as well as Android, BlackBerry, and iOS mobile devices.
In January 2010, the company's CEO and co-founder, Jonathan Benassaya, was replaced as CEO by Axel Dauchez, after fewer than 15,000 of Deezer's 12 million users signed up for its subscription services. In August 2010, mobile operator Orange partnered with Deezer in a deal to include free access to Deezer Premium, the highest tier of Deezer's streaming packages, with some of Orange's telecommunications contracts in France. Almost immediately after the partnership began, the rate of users signing up for Deezer's premium services went from 6,000 a month to 100,000; by January 2011, 500,000 people were subscribing to the service, with the million-subscriber mark reached in the middle of 2011, half a year ahead of schedule. The two companies expanded their partnership in September 2011 to include Orange contract customers in the United Kingdom. Also in September, Deezer added Facebook integration to its service, allowing users to send music to one another via that social media service.
Expansion to more countries
Deezer was launched in France in 2009. On 7 December 2011, Deezer, at the time available only in Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, announced plans to expand worldwide during the rest of 2011 and continuing into 2012. According to the company, it planned to make its services available to the whole of Europe by the end of the year, to the Americas (excluding the United States) by the end of January 2012, to Africa and Southeast Asia by the end of February, and the rest of the world (excluding Japan) by the end of June.
It took until 15 March 2012 for service to be available across the whole of Europe, while service launched in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand on 25 April. On 8 June, Deezer announced availability in 35 Latin American countries, though not in Brazil, Cuba, or Venezuela. On 15 August, Deezer announced it would be available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand within several weeks.
On 8 October 2012, Deezer announced that it had received $130 million in funding from Access Industries, to be used for further international expansion. Two days later, the company announced that it had expanded into 76 new markets, bringing its worldwide total to 160 countries. On 21 December, Deezer announced a new service level offering two hours of free, ad-supported music streaming a month, available to users worldwide, the company's first free music streaming service outside of France. CEO Axel Dauchez said that Deezer was also looking for a partner to introduce service in the United States, who was "able to provide us with a significant volume of subscribers" to help offset what he called the "unbelievably high" costs of entering the US market.
As of December 2012, Deezer had about three million users paying for subscriptions, out of a monthly active user base of about seven million, with 20 million songs in its library. By 2016, according to CEO Axel Dauchez, the company aimed to have five percent of the global music market.
Following this expansion, Deezer announced in 2013 partnerships with LG, Samsung, and Toshiba that saw Deezer apps made available on smart TV platforms, along with a new brand identity developed in association with the illustrator mcbess.
Since then, Deezer has made a number of announcements, including its Developer Reward Scheme, mobile App Studio, and API upgrades, a new, exclusive beta version of its mobile app for Android users, and the new Deezer app for Windows 8.
April 2013 also saw Deezer update its iOS app with a new smart caching feature, allowing the app to identify and remember a user's most played tracks, even in areas of poor network coverage.
In April 2014, Deezer added a new feature known as "Flow". "Flow" takes one's existing music library and combines it with their past streams, for non-stop music tailored just for the user. Deezer also updated its mobile application to allow free mobile streaming for everyone, regardless what subscription plan one subscribed to on Deezer.
In April 2014, Deezer announced that its current CEO, Axel Dauchez, would be leaving the company in September, "to pursue a new professional opportunity". The announcement also noted that Deezer’s U.S. CEO, Tyler Goldman, was joining the company’s management team composed of founder Daniel Marhely, COO Christopher Coonen, and board chairman Didier Bench. The company also announced that they aimed to launch Deezer in the US in 2014.
In June 2014, Deezer announced a new partnership with Samsung giving Samsung Galaxy S5 users in Europe a free, six months Deezer Premium+ subscription. Later on, Samsung and Deezer extended its partnership by offering a six-month, free of charge subscription to Deezer Premium+ for Samsung's Multiroom Wireless Audio Products, including its M5 and M7 line of Multiroom wireless audio speakers.
In June 2014, Deezer and Google announced that the Google Chromecast would be supporting Deezer's Android and iPhone apps to allow users to stream their music from their phone over to their televisions through the Chromecast. Chromecast support became available to Deezer Premium+ users from 25 June onwards in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
In September 2014, Deezer announced Deezer Elite, a new exclusive service made for and in partnership with Sonos. Deezer Elite provides High-Resolution Audio (HRA) to U.S. users of Sonos Hi-Fi Systems. The service will be available to worldwide Deezer and Sonos users. It should be noted that Deezer Elite "High-Resolution Audio" is lossless CD quality (16bit/44.1Khz) and not "Hi-Res" or High-resolution_audio. Sonos does not support Hi-Res (24/96, 24/192 or similar) streaming.
In October 2014, Deezer rolled out a new user interface for its website player. This new change in design was widely welcomed by numerous users.
In October 2014, Deezer announced that Bose SoundTouch and SoundLink products would now be supported for Deezer Premium+ service. This partnership will first be rolled out in the U.S. and then will be available to worldwide users.
As of April 2014, the catalogue provided access to approximately 30 million songs searchable by artists, albums, genres, labels, and titles, and gave users access to tracks from many major and independent labels. However, some artists opted not to be available on Deezer, and some artists are missing in certain regions because of record label licensing restrictions.
Available while traveling
While users are traveling internationally, their subscription remains available wherever they are. All their albums, friends, and playlists come with them.
Deezer for Android comes with Android's own built in software equalizer. Deezer updated its iPhone app with an equalizer, which allows users to change the sound of the music with Deezer's various presets - from electronic and classical to treble and bass booster.
Deezer's website allows users to crossfade between songs. Deezer recently updated its iPhone app with a new crossfader. Deezer has planned to launch the Crossfader function into its Android app sometime soon.[when?]
Deezer App Studio
Users can access applications integrated in the Deezer Website and Deezer Mobile app, written in HTML5. Third-party software writers can offer features related to music listening such as live sharing of concerts, lyrics, music reviews, and playlists. Current apps include Clash Music, Cubic.fm, Deutsche Grammophon, edjing, Mentor.FM, Shuffler.fm, Soundrop, TuneWiki, and others.
This new feature[when?] allows users to create an instant and personal radio channel based on what is in their music library and what they have been listening to by just pressing the "Flow" button. Flow looks at the music in one's library and what one has been listening to, and puts together a music mix for them. Flow is available on Deezer's website and Mobile apps.
Users can keep up with their most-loved artists by adding artists to their library to be the first to know about new releases, exclusive tracks, gigs, and recommended playlists.
Google Chromecast support
In June 2014, Deezer and Google announced that the Chromecast would support Deezer's Android and iPhone apps, allowing Android and iPhone users to stream their music from their phone over to their televisions through the Google Chromecast.
Hear This allows users to discover music they love with a music feed that's powered by their listening habits, favorite tracks, and Deezer's own editors.
Deezer allows users to choose between lossy 128kbit/s (Deezer free service) and lossy 320kbit/s (Deezer Premium service) audio quality. In June 2014, Deezer launched lossy 320kbit/s audio for its Android and iPhone users, as well. The Deezer Elite service is available only for Sonos users and is lossless CD Quality (16/44.1Khz). Deezer does not currently offer "Hi-res" (High-resolution_audio) quality e.g. 24/96 or 24/192 or similar.
The Livebar lets users to discover music by following their friends in real time. Friends can hear tracks one is listening to, see albums and playlists added to one's library, and send messages to other users.
Deezer allows users to upload their own MP3 files onto Deezer Servers. As compared to other music streaming services that have a similar MP3 upload function (such as Google Play Music), Deezer is the only online music streaming site that allows unlimited uploads of MP3 Files onto their servers.
Premium users can sync their favorite albums and playlists to their mobile device to listen even without an Internet connection. This is useful when, for example, one is underground or on an airplane.
Users can create and share playlists or edit them together with other users. Downloaded playlists auto-update if the author adds or removes tracks. Like normal links, playlist links can be used everywhere. The same principle also works for single tracks, which can be dropped on applications and websites at will. Many websites[which?] support sharing of Deezer playlists and songs and let users share, rate, and discuss them.
Radio Stations & SmartRadio
The SmartRadio feature is an artist based radio channel which automatically generates songs from a selected artist and similar artists. Users can also listen to any of the 30,000 radio stations available live on Deezer. Every Radio Station has a theme with it.
Social media integration
Deezer allows registered users to integrate their account with existing Facebook and Twitter accounts. Once a user integrates their Deezer account with other social media profiles, they are able to access their friends' favorite music and playlists. Additionally, Facebook compatibility allows Deezer users to share music with Facebook friends through the use of the service's inbox. Deezer users are able to send tracks or playlists to friends who, in return, are able to access this music through their Deezer account. When using Deezer through one's Facebook account, music stories appear on Facebook feeds alerting one's friends to the music and playlists one is currently listening to. These feeds feature a play button that automatically starts the song or album in Deezer.
Accounts and subscriptions
As of September 2014 there are three Deezer account types.
|Name||Price||Ads||Unlimited Streaming||Offline Mode||TV, Hi-Fi, radio & in car support||Google Chromecast support||High-Quality Sound (up to 1,411 kbit/s)||Mobile devices support|
|Discovery||Free||Ad-Supported||Unlimited||Not Supported||Not Supported||Not Supported||No Higher audio quality support||Available on mobile devices (Only Playlist Radio, Flow and Artist Radio features)|
|Premium+||9.99 $/month, 9.99 €/month; 15-day free trial||None||Unlimited||Support Available||Support Available||Support Available||Higher audio quality (up to 320 kbps)||Available on mobile devices|
|Elite||14.99 €/month||None||Unlimited||Support Available||Not Supported; Available only on Sonos systems||Not Supported||Higher audio quality (up to 1,411 kbps)||Available on mobile devices|
Deezer is available via:
- Android devices (a exclusive beta edition of the app is also available)
- Bang & Olufsen smart televisions
- Blackberry 10 devices
- Bluesound Network Player
- BMW ConnectedDrive
- Bose SoundTouch and SoundLink Audio products
- Google Chromecast
- Denon HEOS multi-room audio system
- iOS devices
- JAMBOX, BIG JAMBOX & Mini JAMBOX by Jawbone
- Logitech Squeezebox
- MINI Connected
- NetRange line of TV models (Sharp, TCL, Loewe and many more.)
- NuVo Wireless Audio Systems
- OS X (Currently Still in Beta)
- Panasonic TV
- Parrot ASTEROID Classic, Parrot ASTEROID Mini, Parrot ASTEROID Tablet & Parrot ASTEROID Smart Consoles by Parrot
- Philips TV
- Philips Fidelio, AirPlay, Bluetooth and Docking stations
- Roomplayer & Roomplayer with Amp by Simple Audio Music
- Samsung M5, M7, HW-H750, HW-H751 Multiroom Wireless Audio Speakers
- Samsung Smart TV
- Sonos Audio Systems
- Sony Home Cinema Blu-ray System
- Stream 1, Stream 3, and Stream Source by Cabasse
- Toshiba TV
- WD TV
- WebOS Televisions (LG Smart TV)
- Windows 8 devices
- Windows Phone 7
- Windows Phone 8
- Xbox 360
Concerns over Android application
The "Deezer Music" Android app asks for permissions such as "read sensitive log data", "retrieve running apps", "delete apps", "power device on or off", which has raised concerns over user privacy. In comparison, the Spotify app does not ask for such permissions.
- Stitcher Radio
- Soundtracker (music streaming)
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