Another streaming music service has entered Canada to challenge Rdio, Slacker, Music Unlimited and, ultimately, iTunes. Deezer, the French company who claims to be the most popular streaming music service in the world with over 20 million users, is bringing 15 million tracks to Canada from nearly 2000 labels, including the “Big Four.”
The service relies on you having a Facebook account to sign up, and by default aggregates your songs to your Timeline, so be careful. There is a 15-day trial for those who want to see how it works, but if you’ve used Rdio you’ll be immediately familiar with Deezer. Where it differs is in its themed radio channels, which seem to be a bit more fully-formed than Rdio’s “community-sourced” radio stations. Of course, you can listen to and cache for offline listening thousands of tracks and albums.
At first glance it doesn’t look like the Android app has been updated to support Ice Cream Sandwich, nor the Galaxy Nexus’ 720p screen, as icons and touch points are exceptionally small. And, unlike Rdio, it doesn’t yet support the Android 4.0 lockscreen controls.