Deezer now boasts five million paying global users and 30 million tracks in its catalog. You can access the service via web browser or its respective mobile apps. The main window of the Deezer web interface shows all the tracks in your playlist or your search results. It’s simple to navigate, but has a dated look. If you know what you’re looking for, just type it in the search bar.
Deezer has an impressive localized catalog; it even managed to find Impiety, a local Singaporean Black Metal band. But it’s still behind Spotify, as a search for the now-defunct band, At the Drive-in, only displayed two songs, while Spotify had a few albums. A problem of Deezer’s interface is that all your results are displayed in a long list, and while you can sort the tracks according to album, it can be a problem if the band or artist has a pretty long discography.
Deezer is supported by advertising, though you can get rid of them by signing up for a premium membership. The free Discovery account gives you unlimited web streaming, but mobile devices are limited to Flow and Radio features. A 30 second restriction still seems to apply if you directly play songs. A Premium account ($5.99/month) only gives you high quality streaming (320kbps) with the same limitations as Discovery. For the full unlimited playback on both web and mobile, plus download support, you’ll need a Premium+ ($9.99) account.
Deezer seems to be centred on moving outside your musical comfort zone and discovering new acts, as the left pane includes Hear This and Explore, two new features added late last year. Hear This is Deezer’s reply to Spotify’s Discover feature. It includes daily recommendations based on your musical preferences and also throws in the latest releases from your favorite bands and artists. Explore is similar to Hear This, but lets you search for music based on genre or region.
The mobile app has a similar emphasis on discovery and exploration as launching the app will bring you to the main screen which is filled with song, album and playlist recommendations.