Deezer review

Deezer highlights

Deezer review

Deezer is an on-demand music streaming service that competes with giants like Spotify and Apple Music. As of 2019, it had 3% of the worldwide streaming market. However, while small, Deezer has been around for as long as most of its competitors. First started as Blogmusik in 2006, the Paris based company was reborn as Deezer in 2007 after copyright troubles with French authorities forced it to retool. Now Deezer is a legit streaming service that offers 56 million tracks and most of the expected music streaming bells and whistles. Although it does not have the largest listener base, Deezer competes with bigger services in almost every respect.

Is Deezer free?

Deezer offers several plans, including the basic premium plan, a family plan, annual payment options, a student discount and a HiFi plan. There is also a free plan with limited device compatibility. 

Deezer FreeDeezer PremiumDeezer FamilyDeezer AnnualDeezer HiFiDeezer Student
PriceFree$4.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$99.90/mo.$14.99/mo.$4.99/mo.
Tracks available56 million56 million56 million56 million56 million56 million
Free trial lengthN/A3 months3 months3 months3 months3 months
Audio quality128 Kbps320 Kbps 320 Kbps 320 Kbps CD Quality*320 Kbps 
Ad-freeNo YesYesNo YesYes 

Why Deezer may be the right streaming service for you

Deezer offers a solid music streaming service, and unlike Spotify, it serves up lossless audio in its Hi-Fi plan. People interested in supporting a smaller company or looking for CD-quality audio may want to look at Deezer. It also has a partnership with Sony to provide 360 audio (basically surround sound on steroids), which should be compelling for audiophiles.

User experience

Deezer provides a user experience similar to most music streaming services. The interface does what you would expect – mostly. You can skip, scrub or use it in offline mode.

You can share tracks on social media, but not as easily as with other services. The search function works as it should, but in the mobile app the search button is at the bottom, which takes some getting used to.

Unfortunately, Deezer does not provide a great free tier. Deezer Free limits full length listening to mobile devices. On the web app, you can only listen to track clips, which come with plenty of reminders to sign up for Deezer Premium. If you have a free plan, you will not be able to search for tracks on your phone or tablet. 

One you go paid, Deezer gets a lot better. You can even upload your own MP3s via the desktop app or web (but not via mobile), which puts Deezer ahead of Spotify when it comes to integrating your own files.

Device compatibility

Deezer shines when it comes to devices. It is available on pretty much any platform you can think of, including Android, iPhone, Mac, Windows, smart speakers, smart watches and even Android Auto and similar. Here is an abbreviated list of devices Deezer works with:

  • Android devices
  • Bang & Olufsen smart televisions
  • Bose SoundTouch and Smart Home products
  • Google Chromecast
  • Google Home
  • iOS devices
  • Kindle Fire HDX
  • Logitech Squeezebox
  • OS X
  • Panasonic TV
  • Philips Fidelio (AirPlay, Bluetooth and Docking stations)
  • Pioneer network receivers and Hi-Fi systems
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sonos Audio System
  • Sony Home Cinema Blu-ray System
  • Toshiba TV
  • WebOS Televisions (LG Smart TV)
  • Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Deezer features you’ll love

Deezer gears itself toward audiophiles, offering high-fidelity options and alternative music selections. Here are some of Deezer’s standout features:

Deezer HiFi

Deezer offers lossless audio — if you appreciate high-quality, immersive sound, this is a big deal. Deezer HiFi costs $19.99/mo., but for serious audiophiles, it may be worth it.

360 Audio

Deezer has partnered with Sony to provide titles in 360 audio, which most streaming services do not offer. 

Flow

Deezer’s Flow uses your likes, dislikes, saves and bans to inform an algorithm that mixes that content with recommended tracks in a kind of “you radio.” Deezer’s algorithms are not as powerful as Spotify’s, but this feature tends to be pretty satisfying.

Sonos

Deezer integrates with Sonos seamlessly. That will come in handy if you have or are looking to get a Sonos system.

Song identifier

The mobile app has a Shazam-like song identifier built into it. 

What to listen to on Deezer

Deezer’s music library has over 56 million tracks, including a nice selection of international music and other rarities you might not find in other streaming services.

In most respects, Deezer offers a catalog similar to any of the other popular music streaming service services. You will be able to find all your favorite major acts and tons of indies as well. But Deezer’s offerings include more international music and rare tracks than competing services. The catalog also features a decent array of podcasts.

The service does not broker exclusive deals with major artists like Apple Music, but it does have an interesting selection of originals, mostly behind the music productions featuring international artists like Juanes.

The takeaway

All told, Deezer offers a solid streaming service, with a nice range of international music. It also features some of the highest sound quality around. People seriously into discovering international music or who enjoy listening to full resolution songs might want to consider Deezer. Those looking for a more robust discovery platform, extended social sharing possibilities or an interface with lots of features may be better off sticking with the big platforms like Spotify or Apple Music.

Aaron Trumm

Aaron Trumm has been writing, creating content, and producing media, online presences and music for 25 years. He is the founder and head of NQuit Music, holds a master’s degree from Stanford University, and was once the 10th ranked slam poet in the world. He's written for publications like Recording Magazine, Linux Journal, Computer Music Magazine, and SonicScoop, to name a few. He also enjoys sports and fitness so much that he's a certified personal trainer and often writes in that area as well.