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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.

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