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[2021] Deezer: A Comprehensive Review – Is It Any Good?

Deezer logo beside sleeping girl
Deezer (From: Deezer Media Library)

Is Deezer worth your time and money? We examine the pros and cons of everything this music streaming app has to offer so you can decide.

Deezer is a French music streaming service founded in 2007 by entrepreneurs Daniel Marhely and Jonathan Benassaya. Before it actually became Deezer, however, it was first ‘Blogmusik’.

Blogmusik was developed in 2006 with the goal of providing unlimited access to music. It featured a music player embedded in a blog (hence the name) that allowed you to stream music and create playlists.

Unfortunately, after running into copyright issues with the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM), Blogmusik was forced to shut down in April 2007. After a few months of renegotiating terms and music rights, Blogmusik eventually came to an agreement with SACEM. And in August 2007, it relaunched as Deezer.

Since then, Deezer has spread rapidly to over 180 countries and expanded its user base to 16 million active monthly users. The app has all its bases covered with music, podcast, and radio content, but is it worth subscribing or switching to? Let’s take a look!

Deezer Logo 2021
Bottom Line

If you want a music streaming app with an extensive amount of content, a good mix of mainstream and indie music, and high-quality audio, Deezer is the way to go. Its minimal, no-fuss design also looks good and is easy to navigate. But if you’re looking for impeccable music discovery or a better free plan, you might have better luck with other streaming apps.

What We Like
  • Massive music library
  • Comes with a free version
  • 1411 kbps CD-quality audio
  • Available in over 180 countries
  • Offers podcasts, audiobooks, and radio
  • Supports song downloads for offline listening
  • Supports MP3 uploads from your computer
  • Lots of original exclusive content
  • Clean, easy-to-use layout and design
  • Decent discovery features
  • Offers SongCatcher feature
What We Don't Like
  • Some songs are limited to 30-second previews on Deezer Free
  • Limited availability for podcasts, audiobooks, and radio
  • Highest “HiFi” audio quality is lower than other platforms
  • Separate 360 Reality Audio app required
  • Limited in-app social features

What Is Deezer?

Deezer Logo 2021
Deezer Logo

As mentioned earlier, Deezer is a freemium music and podcast streaming service founded by French entrepreneurs Daniel Marhely and Jonathan Benassaya in 2007.

In the two years after its launch, Deezer locked down licensing deals with all the major record labels. It then debuted a new tiered subscription in November 2009, alongside the launch of new desktop and mobile apps. And in just one month, Deezer had gone from 773,000 to 7 million users in December 2009.

In July 2010, Deezer’s audience growth was fueled even further by a partnership with Orange S.A., a French telecom service. The deal gave Orange subscribers free access to Deezer Premium, causing subscriptions to skyrocket to 100,000 subscriptions per month.

From 2011 to 2013, Deezer launched in more countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. For a time, it avoided the US market due to “high costs and intense competition”.

According to Axel Dauchez, Deezer’s Chief Executive at the time, initially avoiding the US market resulted in easier licensing negotiations and allowed Deezer to quickly expand to more territories. However, Deezer did eventually launch in the US in 2016.

As of July 2021, Deezer is available in over 180 countries and is home to over 16 million active users, 73 million music tracks, ​​160,000 podcast titles, and over 32,000+ radio stations.

Deezer Plans and Pricing

Deezer voucher (©adrianhancu/123RF.COM)
Deezer voucher (©adrianhancu/123RF.COM)

Deezer offers both free and paid plans, which is great news for budget-conscious folks. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect from each plan type:

NamePriceWhat you get
Deezer FreeN/A- Limited access to music and podcasts
- Limited access to exclusive content
- Ad-supported on-demand playback
- Limited to 6 song skips per hour on mobile
- Option to create playlists
- Music recommendations within playlists
- Up to 64 to 128 kbps audio quality (MP3)
- Multi-device compatibility
- Access to Songcatcher
Deezer Premium$9.99/month- Full access to all tracks and podcasts
- Full access to all exclusive content
- Ad-free on-demand playback
- Option to create playlists
- Music recommendations within playlists
- Downloads and offline listening
- Up to 320 kbps audio quality (MP3)
- Multi-device compatibility
- Access to Songcatcher
- Comes with a 30-day free trial
Deezer Premium Family$14.99/month- Same inclusions as Deezer Premium
- Available to 6 people living at the same address
- Cross-device listening (up to 13 devices)
- Option to create Kid profiles
- Comes with a 30-day free trial
Deezer Premium Student$4.99/month- Same inclusions as Deezer Premium
- Available to college students 18-25 years old
subject to Sheer ID verification
- Comes with a 30-day free trial
Deezer HiFi$14.99/month- Same inclusions as Deezer Premium
- Access to over 70 million lossless music tracks
- Up to 1141 kbps audio quality (16-bit/44.1 kHz FLAC)
- Access to 360 Reality Audio tracks
- Comes with a 30-day free trial

Overall, Deezer’s plans and competitive pricing schemes are comparable to many other popular streaming platforms. Deezer doesn’t offer extra subscription perks like Spotify’s access to Hulu and SHOWTIME, or Amazon Music’s Prime member discount. It does, however, offer a discounted plan for doctors and nurses.
Deezer’s Music Streaming for Doctors and Nurses offers US-based medical professionals a 3-month free subscription to Deezer Premium, and then 50% off in the succeeding year.

Free Plan vs. Paid Plan

You can naturally expect some differences between Deezer’s free and paid plans. Here are a few of the main ones to keep in mind:

Audio quality

Deezer's audio quality settings for free (left) and paid (right) plans.
Deezer’s audio quality settings for free (left) and paid (right) plans.

Free plan

Deezer Free offers limited audio quality settings on both desktop and mobile apps. Desktop app users get a ‘Standard’ audio quality setting, which goes up to 128 kbps. On the other hand, mobile app users get an additional ‘Basic’ audio quality setting, which is set at 64 kbps. This makes it ideal for those who need a lower-quality audio option to help conserve mobile data.

In addition to ‘Basic’ and ‘Standard’, Deezer Premium subscribers get ‘High Quality’, which goes up to 320 kbps. And if you subscribe to Deezer HiFi, you get a total of four audio quality settings with the addition of ‘High Fidelity’ at 1411 kbps (FLAC).

Ad-supported playback

Ads as seen on Deezer's desktop app.
Ads as seen on Deezer’s desktop app.

Free plan

On Deezer Free, those inescapable 30-second ads will pop up when you skip tracks or switch playlists. The ads don’t come with a skip option either, but thankfully, they also don’t appear frequently enough to be annoying or intrusive.

Deezer’s Premium and HiFi plans are completely ad-free.

On-demand playback

Song skip limit and song previews on Deezer mobile app.
Song skip limit and song previews on Deezer mobile app.

Free plan

Deezer Free functions a little differently on the desktop and mobile apps.

On the desktop app, listeners have more freedom in what they can access. You can listen to as many editorial playlists, curated mixes, podcasts, and original content as you want. You can also skip or replay any track you want. It’s a big plus for those who don’t mind streaming music from a computer.

On the other hand, Deezer Free on mobile has more restricted access. Listeners can still access pretty much any playlist on the app, but most of them will be limited to shuffle mode only. These include exclusive, editorial playlists, and some ‘Made For You’ playlists like Monday Discovery, Sunday Chill, and Friday Releases. You’ll also be limited to 6 song skips per hour and 30-second song previews for certain albums.

'Daily' playlist with unlimited track skips for Deezer Free
‘Daily’ playlist with unlimited track skips for Deezer Free

On the plus side, there are some playlists you can fully access as a free user, and these are marked with a play icon on the cover. These include your Flow and Daily playlists, and some editorial playlists that are relevant to your music preferences on the app. You’re also allowed unlimited skips for these particular playlists, which is not bad for a free plan.

Both Premium and HiFi plans give listeners full access and control over their music.

Downloads and offline listening

No downloads on Deezer Free.
No downloads on Deezer Free.

Free plan

Unfortunately, Deezer Free offers no option to download songs for offline listening.

With Deezer Premium and HiFi, desktop and mobile users will be able to download their favorite tracks, albums, playlists, and podcast episodes for offline listening. There’s also an Offline Mode that allows you to listen to all your downloaded content without the need for an internet connection.

The downside is that Deezer has content limits in place, which means that there’s a limit to the number of tracks you can ‘Like’ or download. For instance, you can only add or download up to 10,000 songs from your ‘Favourite Tracks’ playlist. This might feel more restricting for some people, and may even be a dealbreaker for others, especially since most popular streaming services don’t have such a limit.

Is Deezer Premium/HiFi worth it?

Despite the lower audio quality and ads, Deezer Free is a good option for those who are on a budget and don’t mind streaming mostly from the desktop app. On this platform, you’ll at least be able to access more content and play what you want.

However, if you’re more of a mobile app user, Deezer Free’s playback restrictions may feel too limiting. In that case, it might be more worthwhile to invest in a Premium account.

That said, if you’re more of a casual music listener, you’ll get more than enough from a Premium subscription, while those who want better audio quality will be better off with Deezer HiFi.

How Is Deezer’s Stream Quality?

Deezer's desktop app
Deezer’s desktop app

As mentioned earlier, Deezer offers different audio quality settings depending on your subscription level. Here’s a handy reference for all the audio quality settings allotted per plan:

 BasicStandardHigh QualityHigh Fidelity
Deezer Free64 kbps128 kbpsN/AN/A
Deezer Premium64 kbps128 kbps320 kbpsN/A
Deezer HiFi64 kbps128 kbps320 kbps1411 kbps

Deezer Premium offers three audio quality settings, the highest of which is 320 kbps. On the other hand, Deezer HiFi offers four audio quality settings with the addition of ‘High Fidelity’, which streams at 1411 kbps.

Both Deezer Free and Premium stream in MP3 format, while Deezer HiFi makes use of FLAC.

MP3 vs. FLAC: What’s the difference?

FLAC and MP3 logos (From:Wikimedia Commons).
FLAC and MP3 logos (From:Wikimedia Commons).

MP3 is the most popular audio file format in existence today. It’s a compressed, lossy audio format, which means it’s smaller in size and easier to store on a wide variety of portable devices. However, because it’s compressed, this also means that a significant amount of audio data from the original track is lost.

MP3s aren’t exactly known for having amazing sound quality. However, if you’re using low to mid-tier headphones, MP3-quality audio will do just fine.

In contrast, if you’re using more high-end gear, you might pick up inconsistencies in your audio, which could affect your listening experience if you’re a critical listener.

FLAC, on the other hand, is a high-resolution lossless audio format. FLAC files are also uncompressed, meaning no audio data is lost in the encoding process. This results in more pristine sound quality.

TLDR; yes, there’s a difference between MP3 and FLAC. But your ability to perceive them will also depend on your audio gear and listening habits. If you’re a casual listener using low to mid-tier audio gear, Deezer Premium will do the job just fine. If your audio gear is on the higher end of the price spectrum, you might as well make the most of it with a HiFi subscription.

How fast does the music load?

Song buffering on Deezer HiFi.
Song buffering on Deezer HiFi.

Deezer Premium and HiFi consume a pretty significant amount of data. For instance, at 320 kbps, Deezer Premium uses up as much as 150 MB per hour, while Deezer HiFi eats up anywhere between 600 to 700 MB per hour. That’s roughly around the same as other services like Apple Music and Tidal HiFi which also offer high-quality lossless streaming.

If you’re a heavy music streamer, those numbers can really add up after a few hours. Fortunately, you can reduce your data consumption by manually switching to ‘Basic’ or ‘Standard’ audio quality in the app’s settings.
Internet speed during testing.
Internet speed during testing.

In terms of playback, Deezer Premium’s ‘High Quality’ audio setting doesn’t pose any issues. During my test run, I had a pretty decent connection of 66 Mbps, and music tracks were quick to load between skips on both the desktop and mobile apps.

Deezer HiFi was a slightly different story, though. I experienced a bit more buffering and lag between songs, to the point that I kept getting a ‘Loading’ notification telling me how long I had to wait.

Needless to say, if you want smooth playback on Deezer HiFi, you’ll need a strong network connection that can support it.

How does it sound?

Using my Sabbat E12 Ultras, I decided to check out some tracks off of the newly-released Genshin Impact album The Shimmering Voyage.

As expected, Deezer’s ‘Standard’ audio quality setting delivered a decent amount of depth and clarity that gave me no cause for complaint. Ultimately, Deezer Premium will sound perfectly fine for any casual music listener using budget audio gear.

To fully appreciate Deezer’s ‘High Fidelity’ audio quality setting, I switched over to my ATH-M50x and replayed tracks from the same album. There was definitely a palpable difference.

Chorus vocals on certain tracks sounded more defined, and there was a clearer separation of instruments in the more aggressive, high-energy tracks. Overall, the soundstage had greater airiness and depth, making for a more immersive listening experience.

To add to that, if you’ve got a good pair of Sony headphones – preferably something from Sony’s 360RA line – you can also enjoy 360 Reality Audio on Deezer.

360 Reality Audio (RA) is a spatial audio technology that gives you life-like 360-degree audio that heightens your HiFi listening experience. If you don’t own Sony headphones or speakers, you can still enjoy tracks recorded in 360 RA with playlists like Experience 360 by Deezer.

360 Reality Audio operates on devices running iOS 11 and Android Lollipop and above. It also requires a separate app, which you can download from Google Play or App Store.

Without a doubt, if you’re more of a critical listener who really values great sound quality, Deezer HiFi is certainly worth the time and money.

However, Deezer’s HiFi audio quality is still a bit lower than that of other streaming platforms’ highest settings.

Compared to Apple Music, which can reach up to 24-bit/192 kHz, Deezer’s highest audio quality setting is limited at 16-Bit/44.1 kHz. And while the difference may not be that audible for untrained ears, these numbers can still leave an impact on audiophiles.

How to make the most of Deezer HiFi audio quality

If you want that audiophile experience, here’s what you need to know about the equipment you’ll need.

Most low to mid-tier headphones have a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, which basically covers the entire scope of what the human ears can hear. Anything beyond that is essentially inaudible to us. However, even though we can’t hear those frequencies, you can still feel them and they can still enhance your listening experience.

Now, Deezer HiFi streams music in 16-Bit/44.1 kHz FLAC. It’s important to remember that music sampled at 44.1 kHz covers frequencies up to 22 kHz. So, if you’re using low to mid-tier headphones to listen to music tracks sampled at 44.1 kHz, some audio clipping will occur in the higher frequencies due to the limits of your headphones.

That said, if you want to get the most of Deezer’s ‘High Fidelity’ audio quality, go for a pair of studio headphones that have a frequency response range of up to 28 to 40 kHz. That way you can ensure that no audio clipping occurs and that you get to enjoy the full spectrum of frequencies. The good news is that nowadays there are a lot of affordable headphone models that support this specification.

Lastly, make sure your device is running iOS 8.1.0 and Android 6.1.14 at the very least, to make sure that FLAC playback is supported.

Deezer’s Content Library

Deezer has over 73 million music tracks in its library, which is roughly around the same as other popular music streaming services like Spotify and Youtube Music. In addition to music, Deezer also offers radio, podcasts, audiobooks. These features, however, are only available to subscribers in certain countries, which are as follows:

  • Podcasts: Everywhere Deezer is available.
  • Radio shows: UK, US, Brazil, France, Germany, Israel, South Africa, and Spain.
  • Audiobooks: Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands

That said, let’s take a closer look at what else Deezer’s content library has to offer.

Music

Deezer's 'Browse' section.
Deezer’s ‘Browse’ section.

As one would expect of a music streaming app with a sizable library, Deezer has a comprehensive selection of mainstream and indie songs. The bulk of its music collection can be found in the ‘Browse’ section (desktop) or under ‘Search’ (mobile).

There you’ll find about 24 music genres covering everything from Arabic music to Soundtracks. There’s also another section containing 26 categories that further expand on the different genres, offering curated playlists suited for specific activities, moods, and occasions.

These are particularly helpful because they eliminate a lot of the guesswork, and make it easy to find your way around Deezer’s massive library.

Top Pop playlists on Deezer.
Top Pop playlists on Deezer.

If mainstream music is what you’re after, you’re covered. As mentioned earlier, Deezer has licensing deals with all the major record labels, which means you’ll never have problems keeping up with all the latest hits.

Deezer is also licensed by independent music distributor Merlin. Thanks to this, indie music fans get a fully-fleshed out Indie section with lots of curated content to explore.

Deezer’s ‘Midnight Mixtapes’ playlists, in particular, offers collections of recommended songs curated by different indie artists. It’s a pretty unique feature that I haven’t really seen on other streaming apps and one that I definitely enjoyed going through.
Deezer Sessions.
Deezer Sessions.

Deezer doesn’t skimp on exclusive original content either. Along with ‘Midnight Mixtapes’, subscribers can also check out Deezer Sessions, which showcases live jam sessions and performances from a variety of artists. There’s also a fun section called ‘Deezer By’, which features meaningful music collections curated by popular stars like Coldplay, Alicia Keys, and Twenty One Pilots.

All in all, Deezer’s music content is solid. When I first tried out the app, the first thing I did was look for some of the more obscure artists I listen to. I came away feeling pleasantly surprised that I had no trouble finding them. So, if you’re after a streaming app with a comprehensive music library and good curation, you’re not going to go wrong with Deezer.

Podcasts

Podcasts on Deezer.
Podcasts on Deezer.

Deezer is home to about 160,000 podcast titles, all of which can be found under ‘Podcasts’ in the navigation bar on both desktop and mobile apps. While Deezer’s podcast library is notably smaller than the likes of Spotify or Pandora, there’s still a decent collection of popular titles to keep podcast fans entertained.

Subscribers can explore 18 podcast categories that cover everything from Business to Technology. There are also over 100 popular titles from various networks like BBC, TED, and CNBC. Deezer does have a selection of original podcasts as well, most of which are in foreign languages.

Other content

ASMR playlists on Deezer.
ASMR playlists on Deezer.

As mentioned earlier, Deezer also offers audiobooks, but only for subscribers residing in Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. For other areas, audiobooks can be found under the ‘Podcasts’ section.

German residents can also download a standalone app called Audiobooks by Deezer, which is available on Android and iOS.

Aside from that, those who listen to the radio will be glad to know that Deezer also comes with a radio feature. It’s limited to a select number of countries, but those who have access to it get over 32,000 stations at their disposal.

Last but not least, Deezer also offers non-music content. Whether you’re a meditation junkie, or just want to destress from a busy day, you can get your daily dose of calm through a selection of nature sounds playlists and an extensive ASMR section.

What’s lacking?

Those looking for videos aren’t going to find them on Deezer. However, there has been a fairly recent discussion between fans and developers in the Deezer Community on whether video content should be added to the app or not.

There are varied opinions on the matter, but a good number seem to be more in favor of Deezer focusing on developing and improving their existing core music features before adding new ones.

Content issues

In 2020, Deezer was one of four streaming services called out for hosting “racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic content” on its platform. In an investigation led by the BBC, over 20 songs were found to contain lyrics promoting white supremacist ideas.

The song titles and artists were not specified, though many of them were found in several public playlists on the said apps, making them easily accessible to a younger, more impressionable audience.

Deezer has stated that “it doesn’t condone hate or discrimination” and has since removed the offensive content from its platform.

Ease of Use

Deezer's desktop app.
Deezer’s desktop app.

Layout-wise, Deezer is streamlined and sensible, especially in the way content is curated and organized. The ‘Browse’ section, for example, looks nice and compact with smaller content tabs. It presents you with a lot of options without overwhelming you or feeling too cluttered.

I also particularly like the ‘Collections’ section under ‘Browse’ and ‘Podcasts’. In other streaming apps, you’re typically just given a rundown of all music or podcast genres available and that’s about it.

Podcast 'Collections' on Deezer.
Podcast ‘Collections’ on Deezer.

On the other hand, Deezer goes a bit further by breaking those genres down into categories. That way, if you’re looking for something more specific, whether it’s a podcast on career growth or parenting; or something to listen to while cozying up by a fire, you’ll have a much easier time finding it.

Deezer’s desktop app also features a sidebar, which I really like having in a desktop app because it makes navigation more efficient. The stationary search bar at the top is also helpful if you want to quickly search for a song, album, or artist.

'Now Playing' screen layout.
‘Now Playing’ screen layout.

Deezer’s mobile app is similarly easy to use and well-designed. I particularly like the appearance of the ‘Now Playing’ screen. All the important functions for ‘liking’, sharing, playback, and song queueing are easily accessible.

You can even access the audio quality settings and sleep timer without leaving the screen. And everything else is tucked away in a neat little menu that you can access by tapping on the circle with the three dots.

What could be better?

While using the Deezer desktop app, I found myself missing the drag-and-drop function I’d become accustomed to on Spotify.

It’d also be nice to be able to see an overview of all your created playlists in the sidebar, which is another factor that helps make building playlists so much more convenient.

However, the lack of both features isn’t a dealbreaker. And the drop-down menus that come out when you right-click or long-press on a song still get the job done when it comes to managing your content.

Music Discovery

Deezer's 'Flow' in the Made For You section.
Deezer’s ‘Flow’ in the Made For You section.

Deezer uses both automated and human curation, but the real star of the show when it comes to music discovery is an algorithm called Flow.

Flow is an “infinite mix of favorites and new tracks” you’re likely to love. It’s designed to give the listener a hands-free music experience by eliminating the need to rifle through playlists to find something to listen to.

Flow accomplishes this with the help of collaborative filtering, and by analyzing your listening history, likes, metadata tags. It also makes use of your phone’s accelerometer and clock to determine the time of day and whether you’re on the go or not.

For example, if the algorithm knows you’re on a commute, based on the information it gets from your phone’s accelerometer, it might play you something more upbeat or energetic.

I personally really like Flow because it takes care of the whole decision-making process for you. You can simply just press play and you’ll get an endless list of recommendations based on every song you’ve ever liked on the app. On the other hand, track mixes are usually based on a specific song or artist, so the recommendations can get a little stale.

Despite this, Flow isn’t perfect, and it isn’t comparable to Spotify’s or Pandora’s prowess in music discovery. It seemingly takes a bit longer for the algorithm to calibrate to my preferences. And though I did come across some good recommendations, there were some hit-or-miss moments wherein I found myself skipping more songs versus actually listening to them.
'Mixes' on Deezer.
‘Mixes’ on Deezer.

If you’re the type that likes a bit of control over their listening experience, Deezer does have a great selection of curated playlists to choose from. Here are some of the ways you can discover new music on Deezer:

  • New Releases: Found under ‘Browse’, ‘New Releases’ compiles all newly released music across all genres. It also shows you new releases tailored to your preferences.
  • Made For You: This section can be found on your main ‘Music’ feed and consists of ‘Flow’ and ‘Daily’ playlists. While ‘Flow’ functions as an endless playlist of song recs, ‘Daily’ playlists are more genre-focused. For instance, it combines all your favorite pop songs in a single playlist, with the addition of new songs from the same genre or similar artists.
  • Radar Weekly: ‘Radar Weekly’ compiles all the newest releases every week and is a great way to stay updated on new music.
  • Mixes: Mixes’ are similar to your ‘Flow’ and ‘Daily’ playlists. They also provide a continuous playlist of songs, but instead of just being limited to what you’ve ‘liked’ and saved in your library, these cover entire genres (Pop Mix, Rock Classics Mix), eras (The ‘90s, The 2000s), and moods (Roadtrip, Zen).
  • Charts: Deezer’s ‘Charts’ section features everything trending in over 68 different territories and is a great place to start if you’re looking to check out new hits you haven’t heard before.

Community

Deezer Community.
Deezer Community.

Deezer has quite a thriving and well-developed online community. The Deezer Community website is filled with a lot of up-to-date information, various active forums where you can ask questions or leave feedback. You can even create Groups for you and other like-minded Deezer subscribers. There are also sections for beta testing, troubleshooting, and new feature requests.

Collaborative playlists on Deezer.
Collaborative playlists on Deezer.

The Deezer app itself also has a few built-in social features. You have the option to share what you’re listening to on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Messenger, and Twitter. If any of your Facebook friends are on Deezer, you can follow them there as well.

While there’s no social feed that shows what your friends are currently listening to, you can still interact on the app by collaborating on playlists together.

Additional Features

Music recommendations in playlists

Music recommendations in Deezer playlists.
Music recommendations in Deezer playlists.

As a Spotify user, one of my favorite features is recommendations within created playlists, and I was pleased to find that Deezer has a similar function as well.

On Deezer, when you open any of your created playlists, you’ll see an ‘Add Tracks’ button at the top. What’s nice is that it not only gives you suggestions based on what’s already in that playlist, it also allows you to filter the results to show your ‘Favorite Tracks’.

It offers a great way to manage your content, especially if you enjoy categorizing your music and making playlists for everything.

Multi-device capability

Deezer-supported devices.
Deezer-supported devices.

You’ll be happy to know that Deezer is supported across a wide array of devices. Aside from a web player and desktop app, Deezer can also be downloaded into mobile devices for Android, iOS, and Windows systems.

In addition, Deezer is also integrated into other audio components and accessories, such as fitness trackers, vehicle sound systems, speakers, TVs, and gaming consoles.

Check out the Deezer support page to see the full list of Deezer-supported devices.

SongCatcher

SongCatcher on Deezer.
SongCatcher on Deezer.

A surprising feature I wasn’t expecting to see is SongCatcher – a tool that allows you to identify and save songs.

Typically, I’ll resort to Google Assistant or a third-party app like Soundhound to help with identifying songs I like. And sometimes, the results aren’t always accurate. So having an integrated tool like SongCatcher in a music streaming app is definitely a big plus.

To access it, you only need to go into ‘Search’ and you’ll see a blue bar that says ‘What’s this song?’ When launched, SongCatcher immediately begins listening to whatever song is playing at the moment.

I tried it with a few popular songs and got instant results, as expected. So, I tried it with more niche songs, such as ‘Kimi Ni Mune Kyun’ by Yellow Magic Orchestra, and got quick results as well. Even songs without lyrics or distinct instrumentation, like Naal’s ‘We’re Here. We Will Die.’ had no issues getting identified.

FAQs

If you’re interested in what Deezer has to offer, here are some important tips to know before getting started:

How to create a Deezer account?

Via web player and desktop app

  1. Open the Deezer web player or desktop app and select ‘Log In’ in the upper-right corner.

    Login page on Deezer.
    Login page on Deezer.

  2. In the new browser window, select ‘Sign Up’ near the bottom of the page.

    Deezer's sign up page.
    Deezer’s sign up page.

  3. Fill in all the required details, then select ‘Sign Up’ again. You can also choose to sign up with your Google or Facebook account.

    Required details when signing up on Deezer.
    Required details when signing up on Deezer.

  4. After selecting three of your favorite artists to kickstart the algorithm with, you’ll be good to go.

    Required details when signing up on Deezer.
    Required details when signing up on Deezer.

Via mobile

  1. Open the Deezer mobile app and enter your email address into the empty field. You can also choose to log in via Google or Facebook. Select ‘Continue’ when you’re done.

    Deezer's sign up page.
    Deezer’s sign up page.

  2. Set your password, username, and age.

    Required details when signing up on Deezer.
    Required details when signing up on Deezer.

  3. Specify your gender, select three artists to start with, and you’re ready to start listening!

    Required details when signing up on Deezer.
    Required details when signing up on Deezer.

How to download the Deezer app?

Deezer is available on both desktop and mobile platforms. You can download the desktop app from the Deezer website, and the mobile app from Google Play, App Store, and Microsoft.

How to subscribe to Deezer HiFi?

Via web player and desktop app

  1. Click on the ‘Subscribe’ button in the blue box located in the sidebar.

    Deezer's desktop app.
    Deezer’s desktop app.

  2. You’ll be redirected to a new browser window showing the different Deezer plans. Choose a plan and click on ‘Try it now’.

    Overview of Deezer plans.
    Overview of Deezer plans.

  3. Choose a mode of payment, input your payment details, and you’re all set.

    Deezer's subscription sign up page.
    Deezer’s subscription sign up page.

Via mobile

  1. Tap on ‘Premium’ in the lower right corner of your screen. In the new window that opens, select ‘Try for Free’ in the Deezer Premium box.

    Subscribing to Deezer Premium from the mobile app.
    Subscribing to Deezer Premium from the mobile app.

  2. In the new window that opens, tap on ‘Subscribe Now’ in the Deezer Premium box once again. Choose a mode of payment, enter your payment details, and you’re done.

    Required payment details for Deezer Premium.
    Required payment details for Deezer Premium.

How to cancel Deezer HiFi?

Via web player and desktop app

  1. Click on your profile icon in the upper-right corner of your screen, and select ‘Account Settings’.

    Accessing 'Account Settings' on Deezer's mobile app.
    Accessing ‘Account Settings’ on Deezer’s mobile app.

  2. Under ‘My information’, select ‘Manage my subscription’.

    'Account Settings' on Deezer's mobile app.
    ‘Account Settings’ on Deezer’s mobile app.

  3. In the new window that opens, scroll to the bottom of the page and select ‘Cancel subscription.’

    Subscription settings on Deezer.
    Subscription settings on Deezer.

Via mobile

  1. Tap on the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen. Then select ‘Account management’ from the list.

    'Account management' settings in Deezer's mobile app.
    ‘Account management’ settings in Deezer’s mobile app.

  2. Tap on ‘Manage my subscription’, then scroll to the bottom and select ‘Cancel subscription’. And that’s pretty much it!

    Subscription management settings in Deezer's mobile app.
    Subscription management settings in Deezer’s mobile app.

How to delete a Deezer account?

There’s currently no option to delete a Deezer account via the mobile app. So the only way to do this is via the desktop app. Here’s how:

  1. Click on your profile icon in the upper-right corner of your screen, and select ‘Account Settings’.

    Profile menu on the Deezer desktop app.
    Profile menu on the Deezer desktop app.

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the ‘My information’ section, and select ‘Delete my account’.

    'My information' under Deezer's 'Account Settings'.
    ‘My information’ under Deezer’s ‘Account Settings’.

  3. Input your password to confirm account deletion and then click ‘Delete My Account’.

    Account deletion confirmation.
    Account deletion confirmation.

  4. You’ll receive an email with an account deletion link. Just click the link, input your password again, and you’re all done.

    Email verification and second account deletion confirmation.
    Email verification and second account deletion confirmation.

Can I upload my own music to Deezer?

Deezer for Creators.
Deezer for Creators.

If you’re an unsigned singer or musician, you can upload your music via a third-party distributor. Most will simply require you to sign up for a new account and pay a fee, after which you can start uploading your music and information. After that, the company takes over and begins the process of distributing your music.

Deezer currently has partnerships with the following third-party distributors:

Once your music is finally uploaded into Deezer’s library, Deezer recommends downloading Deezer for Creators. It’s a separate app made for artists and podcasters and provides you with tools, data, and statistics to help you grow your audience. Deezer for Creators is available on Google Play and App Store.

Can I upload MP3s to Deezer?

If you have a personal collection of downloaded or ripped music tracks stowed on your hard drive, you can upload them to Deezer and listen to them on the go. Here’s how to do it:

  1. In the desktop app, click on ‘Favorites’ in the left-hand sidebar. Then, select ‘My MP3s’ from the options that appear under your profile picture.

    'Favorites' section in Deezer's desktop app.
    ‘Favorites’ section in Deezer’s desktop app.

  2. Click on ‘Select MP3s to Upload’.

    'My MP3s' section in Deezer's desktop app.
    ‘My MP3s’ section in Deezer’s desktop app.

  3. You’ll be prompted to choose which MP3 files you want to upload. Select the files you want and click ‘Open’.

    Selecting MP3s for upload.
    Selecting MP3s for upload.

  4. Your files will begin uploading. It may take some time depending on how many files you’re uploading. Once done, the MP3s should appear in the tracklist on the Deezer app.

    Uploaded MP3s in 'My MP3s' track list.
    Uploaded MP3s in ‘My MP3s’ track list.

  5. If you want to delete an MP3, simply check the box on the far right and click ‘Delete’.

    Deleting MP3s from 'My MP3s'.
    Deleting MP3s from ‘My MP3s’.

Can I transfer my playlists from another streaming platform to Deezer?

Music streaming services supported by TunemyMusic.
Music streaming services supported by TunemyMusic.

Yes. With the help of TunemyMusic, you can easily transfer all your playlists from any music streaming service to Deezer. TunemyMusic also lets you sync two playlists from two different streaming services and allows you to backup your entire music collection.

Conclusion

Overall, Deezer is a pretty well-rounded app. It offers great sound quality for both casual and critical listeners alike. Its minimal, no-fuss design looks good and is easy to navigate, even for those completely new to the app. It provides intuitive additional features and a plethora of other types of content, such as podcasts, audiobooks, and radio.

That said, if you want a music streaming app with an extensive amount of content, a good mix of mainstream and indie music, and high-quality audio, Deezer is the way to go. But if you’re looking for audiophile-quality audio or impeccable music discovery, you might have better luck with other streaming apps like Tidal, Apple Music, or Pandora.

Ultimately, the choice will depend on your personal preferences as a music listener. Hopefully, our review has somehow helped you decide whether Deezer is for you or not. And if you’re still not sure, you can always try it out first with a free trial.

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