April 4, 2013 7:28pm
Deezer may not have the same profile in Canada as Rdio, but the streaming service offers over 20 million tracks and operates in 182 countries. It claims to be the world’s most popular streaming music service, and competes with Spotify directly by offering an SDK with which developers can create Deezer-integrated apps.
The French company offers three tiers of service, a free web-only ad-supported “Discovery” option, a $4.99 web-only unlimited Premium option, and a $9.99 phone- and tablet-friendly Premium+ selection with offline listening. It supports iOS, Android, BlackBerry (legacy) and Windows Phone as well.
Today, the company has announced the release of its new app for Android. Though still in beta and only available on Deezer’s website via sideload, the app is a dramatic improvement over its predecessor, with large HD icons, intuitive navigation scheme, notification and lockscreen controls, and a general modern Android look and feel.
Like Rdio, you can store music for offline listening, but there are also preset radio channels that act more like Pandora or Slacker than a traditional on-demand music service. There is a social element, too, but it’s not quite as extensive as on Rdio.
There’s a 15-day trial for all new users, though, so give it a try if you haven’t already.
Download Deezer Beta for Android.