Until the emergence of Apple Music, Deezer was the second biggest on-demand streaming service after Spotify. Deezer has users from all around the globe, plus has signed up many of its users through deals with mobile operators and bundling the streaming service into mobile phone contracts.
Deezer does all the required basics of a music streaming service well, for £9.99 a month. Their artist and song recommendations feature has improved drastically, albeit still not as quickly as Spotify’s. The streaming service promotes playlists created by its own editors, outside labels and others.
The app includes a Mixes feature which blends the songs you like with its own recommendations. But if you prefer simply pressing play and kicking back, a personalised mix based on the songs and artists you’ve favourited will start to play through. It’s a flow of similar tracks of familiar songs and artists, like Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists.
Deezer has a great collection of news and entertainment podcasts and has even moved into live sport. You can listen to live match commentary provided by radio partners like TalkSport. Deezer’s the first music streaming service to allow this.
Made by musicians for serious music lovers, Tidal is owned by famous artists such as Jay-Z, Beyonce and Rihanna. The app offers the largest catalogue of songs of any other streaming service with over 56 million songs.
Like Deezer, Tidal does all the basic requirements really well. However, it’s the little details which differentiate Tidal and make it something special. Subscribers will have access to livestreams, concerts and other events.
Tidal has exclusive rights to certain big names. This means that this is the only place that you can easily access artists such as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s music. Though with some artists, these exclusive rights may only last a week or two.
Pricing for Tidal is similar to others and starts at £9.99 a month. However, for the serious audio geeks, for £19.99 you can access the completely lossless, CD-quality music that gives crystal-clear listening. This may seem a little bit expensive for just added music quality, but if you’re serious about your sound quality, it’ll definitely be worth it. If you’ve invested in a high-quality Sonos system for your home, it makes sense to get the best out of your hardware.