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Music streaming site Deezer to launch in UK
Thursday 01 September 2011 16:55:09 by John Hunt

A French music streaming services known as Deezer is planning to hit the UK market later this month to rival the likes of Spotify who currently have a large music user base. Deezer holds around 20m users in France with 1.2m subscribing to its premium service, a touch less than Spotify's 1.6m across Europe.

The service will allow users to listen to a variety of pre-defined 'radio stations' for free as well as creating 'smart radios' which find similar music to an artist or track you have chosen. Full tracks will only become available when paying a subscription however, with a £4.99 a month fee getting unlimited streaming to a computer, and £9.99 the ability to store songs for offline play, as well as access from a mobile phone. One selling point of the service is an editorial side which will promote new music in different genres to users to give recommendations of music that they may like.

One key point the company are working on is a strategic relationship with a broadband provider to help bring a mass of users to the service. Through a bundled option, the company should be able to get the brand out to users quickly and hopefully pull users away from rivals such as Spotify. This has worked well for them in France where the company joined up with Orange who offer it with their broadband and mobile products. Virgin Media arranged a similar deal with Spotify to offer music through their TV service and to broadband customers which is expected to go live later this year. A natural partner to follow their French service could be Orange again in the UK, but could end up being someone like Sky who closed their Sky Songs service earlier this year as they failed to attract enough customers.


Posted by otester over 5 years ago
Or better; spend the £9.99 on independent artists every month and get the rest off P2P.
Posted by zyborg47 over 5 years ago
I can't see it doing that well to be honest, Spotify is not doing great in the UK.

People don't want music stuck on their computer, they want it so they can use it on their MP3 player or burn it to disk.
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
The biggest problem is the music industry itself that refuses to move with the times and still tries to charge the same price for downloaded music as it charges in the stores for a retail CD yet the costs are totally different

This is the major reason the music industry is in trouble. Why is anyone going to pay £12 odd for a downloaded album?

Much of the music now is also just covers of old songs in effect second hand music but they still want to charge full price.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

Just look at who owns EMI, money wise they are set, they won't move into the digital age because the old age was more profitable, elite also want to censor the internet, so they will stay in the old age, elite gets web censorship due copyright crackdown and the industry gets £ from its re-established monopoly.
Posted by timmay over 5 years ago
And has been doing this for years and years! And still free on a PC although costs £3 to use on an iPhone.
Posted by m0aur over 5 years ago
I can't see anyone in their right mind paying for any of it, when Replay Music will record, tag & split tracks of all that comes over the soundcard, Spotify, & Pandora included.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

Don't forget GrooveJaar (Grooveshark searcher/ripper) as well.
Posted by pigfister over 5 years ago
pandora was wicked until the greedy record companies shut it down, last fm was great until the greedy record companies took it ova.

what is needed is a indie radio station but greedy record companies stopped that too.

Posted by malcolmv over 5 years ago are to start charging for my use on my Sonos system so I will be closing my account. provided a good service for free but I don't really think that it warrants paying for. As Bob S2_9 says why pay £12 for a downloaded album - buy the disc album and then do what you want with it.
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