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Music streaming service Deezer launches app for Windows 8

Deezer ( (opens in new tab)) has launched an app for Windows 8. The French web-based music streaming service is available in over 180 countries and boasts over 3 million subscribers. Unfortunately, there are still no plans for a US launch, which the company surely has to achieve to compete against Spotify, Nokia Music and Xbox Music in the important market. 

With 20 million songs listed in the catalogue, the service enables consumers to listen to an unlimited number of tracks for 12-months at no cost with an ad-supported service (restricted to just 2 hours per month after the 12 months is up). Should the user wish to upgrade to the premium plans, the adverts are disabled and more features are introduced. It's a great way to trial the service out before looking to upgrade - there's also a 15 day free trial for both of the subscription options.

Here's a brief breakdown of the account tiers:

  • No account - restricted to 30 second clips
  • Free account - unlimited music for 12-months, ad-supported
  • Premium / €4.99 - unlimited music, no advertisements and higher sound quality
  • Premium+ / €9.99 - all of the above with the addition of offline playback and mobile / tablet access

Facebook is not required to create an account and sign in, it's simply recommended by the service. Should you be a customer of either Orange or EE, you can add your mobile number to a Deezer account and enjoy numerous features with a discount offer should you choose to upgrade to premium. Not a bad deal.

Interested to see what the Deezer Windows 8 looks like? We thought you'd never ask:

The user interface is clutter-free and looks rather nice. Snapview in Windows 8 is supported, but there doesn't appear to be much else in terms of features, including a Live Tile (it's a tile, Jim, but not as we know it). We're sure to such functionality will be added in the future. Also, it's noted on the store listing that offline playback isn't currently supported in this version of the Windows 8 app.

You can download Deezer (opens in new tab) from the Windows Store, as well as the Windows Phone app (QR code below).

QR: Deezer

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • I get first comment again, yay.
  • And don't contribute anything to the conversation...
  • :-o
  • And you comment nothing.
  • I never used a music service and never will
  • who sings the track used for in the video.....I like
  • If they sort their scrobbling out I'd switch tomorrow.
  • With the wp8 version, there is a bug that let us listen to unreleased album, hope it will be the same on the w8 version :P
  • Wish we had this in the US, the playlist management looks great.
  • I only got into the service as I got a free subscription through my network (Orange UK) but the app on WP is pretty poor. The UI is a mess and you can't delete individual songs or albums :(
  • It would be great if they could make the app work properly.
    Be even better if there were some other swappables available from orange that worked on wp8.
    Be better still if orange hadn't upped my bill by £1.30 4 months into the contract!
  • This app locks so very well done! I might try it just because
  • Nice for users like myself who can't get access to pandora/spotify
  • Yeah, me too. No pandora or Nokia music in Denmark and Spotify is too expensive. So this is great! :-)
  • Their Windows Phone app could use an update though. I have a spotify account and would not mind paying for it once they update their Windows Phone app and include the radio feature.
  • Not available in Windows 8 here in India but available for my 920. Intriguing.
  • Oh great, a music service. Just what we needed...
  • Seeing as neither Spotify nor Pandora NOR NOKIA MUSIC are available in Canada, but Deezer is, I'd say yes, this is just what we needed.
  • Draining battery hard... :(