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Pictured is Deezer app icon on iPhone 11 Pro.

Deezer Premium review

A streaming service that focuses on sound quality.
By
February 4, 2022
7.8
Deezer
The bottom line
While not as popular as some of the other major streaming services, Deezer is a great option with a clean UI, easy to understand EQ controls, and the option to stream HiFi FLAC files on desktop or mobile.

Deezer

While not as popular as some of the other major streaming services, Deezer is a great option with a clean UI, easy to understand EQ controls, and the option to stream HiFi FLAC files on desktop or mobile.
Release date

August 2007

Price

Per month:

Premium - $9.99

Family (6)/HiFi (1) - $14.99

Student - $4.99

What we like
Good UI
"Flow" gets better at knowing what music you like quickly
Easy to understand sound quality controls
Equalizer built into the app
HiFi option with 360 Reality Audio
What we don't like
Podcasts section is limited
No HiFi option on mobile
360 Reality Audio requires a separate app download
7.8
SoundGuys Rating
7.7
User Rating
Rating Metric
Our Rating
User Rating
Sound Quality
8.5
7.6
8.0
Value
7.0
7.8
8.0
Design
8.0
7.7
8.0

Some people reading this may think back to a time when sifting through records at the local music spot was how you discovered new music, but for me, that process was downloading whatever I could from services like Limewire. Luckily, we now have music streaming services that make it significantly easier to start building your music library (legally). We’ve already looked at some of the more popular services like Spotify and Apple Music, and today we’re going to take a look at the high-quality streaming service Deezer.

Editor’s note: this Deezer review was updated on February 4, 2022, to include a contents menu, address more FAQs, and address how to transfer music from Deezer to Spotify and Apple Music.

What is Deezer?

If you don’t know, Deezer is an audio streaming service that, like Tidal, specializes in high-quality audio. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing the company has to offer, it’s just an option. Deezer, unlike Spotify or Apple Music, has a library of lossless audio files that you can stream/download to your device if you choose to. If not, the service still prioritizes sound quality in that it’s fairly easy and straightforward for the average listener to choose sound quality and EQ settings that fit their listening preferences.

Pictured is Deezer app icon on iPhone 11 Pro.
The Deezer app is available on both iOS and Android, as well as PC and Mac.

While Deezer isn’t exactly a household name here in the States, it isn’t a small company that you should overlook. The service is available in 180 different countries and has more than 16 million active listeners. Its music library consists of an impressive 56 million tracks with 52 million of them being high-quality files readily available for you to listen to.

Who should use Deezer?

  • Everyone can use this inclusive app that appeals to more than just audiophiles.
  • Fans of lossless audio may want to sign up for the HiFi plan.
  • Music lovers will enjoy all of Deezer’s features and playlists.

How do you download Deezer?

Audio settings screen on Deezer app.
Deezer’s interface is good, but some users report repeated glitches.

Deezer is available pretty much everywhere. You can get the mobile app on both the Play Store and the App Store. If you’re not big on mobile and plan on mainly listening via desktop, there are also desktop apps available for both Mac and PC. If all else fails, you can always use the web player to get access to your music library.

For smart home or home audio enthusiasts, Deezer also works closely with a number of brands to get its service on everything from Google Nest Audio and Amazon Echo devices to Sonos speakers and Onkyo receivers. For a full list of compatible devices make sure to check out its website, but chances are you’re covered. Initially, the Apple HomePod was not listed, but the Apple Homepod mini does work with Deezer for voice access to your library. You can always AirPlay to the speaker from your phone. Google Cast people will be happy to find the app also supports that as well.

Voice assistant complications

We reached out to Deborah Jourdan, head of North and South America at Deezer to inquire about some of the complications are with working with the assistants.

“It’s actually quite easy to use voice control with smart voice assistants like Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Siri. HiFi subscribers should update their settings to HiFi, and it will automatically apply to voice assistant. For example, just ask Google to play your personal playlists, editorial playlists, artists, albums, songs, genres, moods and even your personal Flow. If Deezer is your default music player, you can start commands with “Ok Google, Play my Flow,” or “Ok Google, play Lizzo.” If Deezer isn’t your default music player, make sure to add “on Deezer” at the end like this, “Ok Google, Play my Flow on Deezer. If you prefer using Siri, you can now use Siri to quickly access your music by saying, “Hey Siri” followed by a command such as “play my Flow” or “play my favorite tracks.”

So if you’re looking to play music mainly via the personal assistant on your phone Deezer makes it pretty simple to do so, even with higher quality streaming if you’re a HiFi subscriber.

How much does a Deezer subscription cost?

Deezer app on a iPhone 11 pro.
Deezer offers a one-month free trial to anyone to test the app before purchasing a subscription.

If you want a better experience, then be prepared to pay monthly. Thankfully, the cost of a Deezer subscription is no more expensive than any of the other major streaming services. Your options are as follows:

  • Deezer Premium ($9.99/month)
  • Deezer HiFi ($14.99/month)
  • Deezer Family ($14.99/month)
  • Student option ($4.99/month), if you can confirm that you’re enrolled in university

The benefit of a paid subscription is basically the reverse of the free plan. You won’t be bothered with those pesky ads, you’ll be able to use Deezer on up to three devices (mobile, desktop, or speaker), unlimited skips, and an offline mode. The HiFi plan gives you access to the high-quality FLAC library that Deezer offers, while the family plan offers up to six profiles for you and your family members.

Streaming ServiceFree Model AvailableBasic PlanPremium PlanHi-Res PlanFamily PlanStudent PlanMilitary Plan
Streaming Service
Amazon Music HD
Free Model Available
No
Basic Plan
-
Premium Plan
$12.99 with Prime
$14.99 without
Hi-Res Plan
-
Family Plan
$19.99
Student Plan
-
Military Plan
-
Streaming Service
Amazon Music Unlimited
Free Model Available
No
Basic Plan
-
Premium Plan
$7.99 with Prime
$9.99 without
Hi-Res Plan
-
Family Plan
-
Student Plan
$6.00
Military Plan
-
Streaming Service
Apple Music
Free Model Available
Yes
Basic Plan
Radio is free
Premium Plan
$9.99
Hi-Res Plan
-
Family Plan
$14.99
Student Plan
$4.99
Military Plan
-
Streaming Service
Deezer
Free Model Available
Yes
Basic Plan
Free with ads
Premium Plan
$9.99
Hi-Res Plan
$14.99
Family Plan
$14.99
Student Plan
$4.99
Military Plan
-
Streaming Service
Pandora
Free Model Available
Yes
Basic Plan
$4.99
Premium Plan
$9.99
Hi-Res Plan
-
Family Plan
$14.99
Student Plan
$4.99
Military Plan
$7.99
Streaming Service
Qobuz
Free Model Available
No
Basic Plan
-
Premium Plan
$9.99
Hi-Res Plan
$12.49/$14.99 monthly
$149 annually
Family Plan
-
Student Plan
-
Military Plan
-
Streaming Service
SoundCloud Go/Go+
Free Model Available
Yes
Basic Plan
$4.99
Premium Plan
$9.99
Hi-Res Plan
-
Family Plan
-
Student Plan
$4.99 for premium
Military Plan
-
Streaming Service
Spotify
Free Model Available
Yes
Basic Plan
Free with ads
Premium Plan
$9.99
Hi-Res Plan
-
Family Plan
$15.99
Student Plan
$4.99
Military Plan
-
Streaming Service
Tidal
Free Model Available
No
Basic Plan
-
Premium Plan
$9.99
Hi-Res Plan
$19.99
Family Plan
$14.99/$29.99
Student Plan
$4.99/$9.99
Military Plan
$5.99/$11.99
Streaming Service
YouTube Music
Free Model Available
Yes
Basic Plan
Free with ads
Premium Plan
$9.99
Hi-Res Plan
-
Family Plan
$14.99
Student Plan
$4.99
Military Plan
-

Unfortunately, there isn’t an option to have a HiFi Family plan combo, so if that’s something that you and your audiophile family are looking for then you should probably check out the Tidal family plans.

What audio content can you find?

Music

Again, Deezer has a library of over 56 million songs that you can choose from. Whether you want jazz or classic rock, they got you covered. I don’t notice any significant gaps in their offerings compared to other major platforms. If you don’t feel like searching for songs though, Deezer has 50 editors making new playlists and updating old ones.

Deezer app - recommended songs
The UI is just as clean and easy to navigate on the desktop app.

Speaking of playlists, one feature that I love is the “Flow” playlist that Deezer offers. Using what I can only assume is machine learning, it creates an endless playlist for you of songs that you might like based on what it thinks you like and mixes it into a playlist with songs you’ve already listened to. If you’ve used Spotify at all, then you know how great the Discover feature is. Flow does more or less the same thing but instead of just a few songs, the playlist never ends. While I admit that it takes a minute to learn your preferences, Deezer does a better job of predicting songs I like than other services like Spotify.

Podcasts

The Deezer playback controls on an iPhone.
You can cast to other devices with the bottom left icon.

Aside from music, Deezer also offers podcasts. As of 2015, there were over 40,000 that were available to listen to. That sounds like a lot, and it is, but about half of the podcasts that I listen to regularly are not available on Deezer. That obviously isn’t a problem if you use another podcast app like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, PocketCast, etc., but it’s something you should know if you’re a big podcast listener. When I asked Deborah Jourdan if there was a more up-to-date number of podcasts currently available, she said, “We are always adding new podcasts, so we don’t have a set number to share at this time.”

See also: The best podcast apps

Is there an offline mode for Deezer?

Yes, if you’re looking to save files to your device for offline playback you can do so with Deezer. The catch is that this option is only available on the paid plans. If you’re using the free version with ads, you won’t be able to download files to your device. Thankfully, downloading songs is super simple and all you need to do is switch a toggle on the playlist or album that you want to download.

Does Deezer have good sound quality?

The Deezer app audio settings.
Deezer gives you some really good options for taking control of your sound, with a small settings logo located on the apps of both the mobile and the desktop apps.

On Deezer Premium, you get two sound quality options to choose from, “Standard” or “Better.” Standard quality will stream your songs at 128kbps while better quality will stream at 320kbps which is exactly the same as Spotify.

If you want to pay $14.99 USD/month to take advantage of its high-quality FLAC library, then you can expect 16-bit/44.1 kHz files. If you’re going to subscribe to Deezer HiFi, make sure your mobile device can support those playback rates.

Streaming ServiceMax streaming qualityMax Desktop Quality(kb/s)Supported Formats
Streaming Service
Qobuz
Max streaming quality
24bit / 192kHz
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
1,411
Supported Formats
AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless
Streaming Service
Amazon Music HD
Max streaming quality
24bit / 192kHz
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
3,730
Supported Formats
FLAC
Streaming Service
Tidal HiFi
Max streaming quality
24bit / 192kHz
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
4,608
Supported Formats
AAC, ALAC, FLAC, MQA
Streaming Service
Deezer HiFi
Max streaming quality
16bit / 44.1kHz
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
1,411
Supported Formats
FLAC
Streaming Service
Google Play Music
Max streaming quality
320kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
320
Supported Formats
AAC, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA
Streaming Service
Deezer Premium
Max streaming quality
320kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)

Supported Formats
MP3
Streaming Service
Spotify Premium
Max streaming quality
320kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
320
Supported Formats
AAC, Ogg Vorbis
Streaming Service
Apple Music
Max streaming quality
24bit / 192kHz
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
256
Supported Formats
AAC
Streaming Service
YouTube Music Premium
Max streaming quality
256kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
256
Supported Formats
AAC
Streaming Service
SoundCloud Go+
Max streaming quality
256kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
256
Supported Formats
AAC
Streaming Service
Slacker Radio
Max streaming quality
320kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
320
Supported Formats
MP3
Streaming Service
Pandora
Max streaming quality
192kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
192
Supported Formats
AAC
Streaming Service
Spotify Free
Max streaming quality
160kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)
128
Supported Formats
AAC
Streaming Service
Deezer Free
Max streaming quality
128kbps
Max Desktop Quality(kb/s)

Supported Formats
MP3

Does Deezer support 360 audio?

Deezer app playing a song Rone Motion.
Deezer will match the background of its app to the album of your current track.

High-quality streaming isn’t the only thing that the HiFi plan on Deezer gets you. You’ll also be able to enjoy the 360 Reality Audio tracks by downloading a separate app called 360 by Deezer (iOS and Android). 360 Reality Audio is the newest push by Sony to bring a new format for audio streaming. 360 Reality Audio is a new way of mixing audio that allows the engineers to make the instruments sound like they’re placed in space around you.

The result is a pretty interesting experience as songs that you think you know like the back of your hand give you a new experience. Is it revolutionary? Sony certainly hopes so, but only time will tell. Unfortunately, I am unable to use this feature as I only have a Premium account and not a HiFi one.

How do you use Deezer, and control playback?

Deezer is extremely easy to navigate both on mobile and on desktop. When you open the app you’re immediately taken to the “Music” screen, which is topped by playlists that the Deezer algorithm makes specifically for you based on what you’ve been listening to. Under that are recommended playlists, followed by new releases and timely curated playlists that are relevant to the time of year (e.g., love-related playlists around Valentine’s Day).

Deezer app playing a Sufjian Stevens album.
If you’ve ever used a digital media player, the Deezer control layout will feel familiar.

When listening to music you get all the standard controls for playback. There’s the play, pause, and back buttons and you can also scrub through the track to get to whatever part of the song you need to. You can also like songs by tapping on the little heart symbol. Doing so will add the track to the “Favorites” section of the app which serves as your library. It will also update your Flow playlist to reflect your ever-growing taste in music.

One minor quirk is when you’re listening to a song on mobile, and open the “Search” screen, you only get three playback options (pause, like, or next). If you want to start a song over while looking for your next tune, you can’t. It isn’t a big deal, but it’s a small tweak that would make it just a little more convenient to use while navigating my way through a busy subway station.

How much does Deezer pay artists?

Streaming services are notorious for not paying artists, but Deezer isn’t one of the worst culprits. From data sourced by independent artists, you can see that Deezer sits right in the middle of the pack, paying $0.00567 per stream. In other words, for every 176.3 streams the artist you’re listening to gets $1. That might seem small (because it is) but it’s also more than what Apple, Spotify, or Google pays artists on their platforms. Please keep in mind, though, that these numbers aren’t official, nor should you come away with thinking that the payment structure is this simple. These are merely ballparks provided from a third-party source.

Digital Service Provider$ Per Stream
Qobuz
$0.04390
Peloton
$0.04036
iHeartRadio
$0.01426
Amazon Unlimited
$0.01123
Napster/Rhapsody
$0.01110
24/7 Entertainment GmbH
$0.01050
YouTube Red
$0.00948
Tidal
$0.00927
Deezer
$0.00567
Google Play
$0.00543
Apple
$0.00495
KKBox
$0.00435
Amazon Digital Services Inc.
$0.00395
Spotify
$0.00331
Loen
$0.00205
Pandora
$0.00155
Vevo
$0.00109
Yandex LLC
$0.00051
YouTube Content ID
$0.00028
UMA
$0.00013

Source: The Trichordist

Should you get Deezer?

Deezer review - Equalizer
The equalizer is simple but effective, and there's even presets if you don't feel like getting too creative.

If you don’t already have a subscription to a music streaming service and are just testing out the market, I give Deezer a fair shot. It has an easy-to-navigate app on both mobile and desktop, and it plays well with plenty of speaker systems including Sonos and Google Cast. Plus, both the premium and family plans are priced the same as all the other major competitors, so you’re not getting ripped off. If you must have the option to stream FLAC files from anywhere and have a compatible device, then the HiFi option is also not bad at $14.99/month USD.

Speaking of which, the only negative aspect to Deezer that I think will be a problem for people is the popularity of Spotify and Apple Music. If you’re sharing songs, playlists, or albums via social or messages to your friends, chances are they’re not using Deezer and won’t be able to play the full track. Thankfully, that isn’t a you problem and sounds more like a them problem, but if you like sharing your favorite songs that’s something to keep in mind.

Sure, Deezer doesn’t have the live radio or Apple Music or the Yearly Spotify round-ups that always go viral towards the end of the year, but if you don’t care about any of those shiny features and just want a solid streaming service that will give you the best sound quality you can get, then Deezer might just be for you.

Frequently asked questions about Deezer

Deezer recommends that you have at least 5Mbps internet speeds to enjoy FLAC streaming.

Deezer Premium and Deezer HiFi are essentially the same thing, and you get the same experience, but with HiFi, you can access high-fidelity sound and the HiFi Room. The HiFi Room is a channel exclusive to HiFi subscribers with FLAC content that you can access via HiFi playlists > Music.

This is a list of the common features between Premium and HiFi:

  • Number of independent accounts: 1
  • Over 90 million tracks
  • Thousands of podcasts
  • Personalized mixes & playlists
  • Ad-free experience
  • Pick and play any track
  • Offline listening
  • High-quality audio

We have an entire article that addresses the differences between Spotify and Deezer. Long story short, if you value lossless audio quality, just get Deezer. If you want an app with plenty of social features and fewer glitches, get Spotify.

Yes, anyone can use Deezer for free just by signing up for the service. However, there are some caveats. For one, you’ll get ads interspersed throughout your music while listening. You also will be limited to listening on mobile devices only and there isn’t an offline mode. So if you happen to be underground on the subway or going through a tunnel, you’ll have to wait until you get signal again.

Yes, you can transfer your music to Deezer the same way you would transfer from another service to Spotify or to Apple Music. Transferring playlists requires you to download a third-party app, but you can revoke permissions at any time.