Long-time Spotify Premium user - why should I move to Deezer?

  • 28 December 2018
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Hi all,

I've been a paying Premium user for around eight years now and am pretty happy with it but I'm open to discovering new things. What are the good reasons, in your opinion, to shift to Deezer?

hpguru 10 months ago

Hi all,

I've been a paying Premium user for around eight years now and am pretty happy with it but I'm open to discovering new things. What are the good reasons, in your opinion, to shift to Deezer?

Reason number one.

Spotify is going to raise the prices. Price increase will arrive soon. Already on Family plans.

In other words, it doesn’t make any sense for me at least to raise prices in a recession, where people have lost jobs and are cutting unnecessary expenses — like their streaming subscriptions.

https://www.somagnews.com/spotify-is-said-to-be-hike-soon-here-are-the-details/

With Deezer Premium I enjoy Premium month at €7,99 price point year in advanced.

Spotify Premium can increase from 9,99 for 10,99 easily if not more.

I see big marketplace waiting Deezer because of this price raise this coronatime.

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more tracks than any other streaming service 🙂
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For me (I was with Spotify a while back) Deezer is better also because...

  1. Flow - just ace to hit when you don't know what to listen to
  2. lyrics built into the app
  3. songcatcher (the same as Shazam ) built into the app
  4. works with Fitbit - you can sync playlists to your watch and listen offline without your phone
  5. nicer interface (when you "like" a song it puts it under favourite songs, if you "like" an album it adds it to your albums but DOESN'T put all the songs in your Favourites songs (unlike Spotify does - very annoying!).
  6. better community forum on here 🙂 (my opinion obviously! ) 🙂
I could go on.. I moved over 3 years ago and never looked back.
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If you are into FLAC streaming, Deezer offers this now in the new desktop app besides specialised HiFi gear. The web player and the mobile apps do not offer HiFi audio quality yet.
I would say none. Deezeer has only buggy apps and horrible customer service.
Checked out Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, and Deezer over several months. Moved playlists between them.

Deezer by far the best! Same reasons as Rob Igo.

PS. FLAC is incredible. Goes beyond words.
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About 53mio songs in complete catalogue, but "only" 36mio songs in FLAC, so not everything streams at HiFi quality. That is why an indicator for the current audio quality of a track in the desktop app would be good. You can vote for a related suggestion in the Ideas section of this forum. I don't know if competitors like Tidal or Qobuz even publish their number of available songs in FLAC though.

Spotify ran an internal test about a year ago asking users how much they would pay for a monthly HiFi offer, but nothing happened afterwards, except for closing the existing idea of FLAC support for local file playback in their desktop app (not for FLAC streaming which is still one of their most popular user requests with more than 11k votes). Deezer does not support local file playback in their desktop app at all, so if that is important to you for mixing your local files with streaming songs on your playlists, Spotify has an advantage over Deezer. On the other hand Deezer allows uploading of your MP3 files which Spotify does not. Furthermore Spotify's desktop app can play local M4A files with ALAC content, i.e. the lossless format by Apple which you can easily convert to from FLAC with free tools.This only works in Windows 10 though (also when ripping CDs with WMP), because it has an internal ALAC codec now which Spotify uses for decoding in this case. So Windows 7 users cannot do this, but maybe MacOS users can, don't know about that.

Deezer also is the streaming site available in most countries of the world, next is probably Apple Music, then Spotify. YouTube of course rules them all.

Two other Spotify advantages over Deezer come to mind: gapless playback of connected tracks and dark mode for the GUI. You can vote for related ideas here as well.
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Hi @bluezzbastardzz

Great bit of research there, mate 😉
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Thank you, I just found another Deezer advantage over Spotify: lyrics in karaoke style shown for available songs in the web player and desktop app, don't know if they also work in mobile apps. Spotify offers this as a test rollout in some Asian countries, but not worldwide anymore since they had cancelled it years ago.
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5 features that make Deezer much better than Spotify.

1) The most useful by far for me is that you can find other versions for songs that have been retired. For example, if you have on a playlist a song from an LP which has been removed by its record label you lose that track but maybe the same song can be found on a different album ("Best of" or whatever). Then Deezer offers you the possibility to change the removed title for the version existing in the database.

2) Upload MP3: I haven't read much about this feature so I don't know the space allowed for this feature but I find it really interesting in order to preserve your music. I've uploaded an entire album that I missed due to changes in the agreement with the record label, so now I can listen that album again (just me, of course).

3) HTML5: I prefer to use the web instead of a standalone app since I don't need to install anything and for me is important that Deezer web support HTML5. Spotify only support Flash, which is really awful and has a lot of security and performance bugs.

4) Apps: maybe this is not the best point but there are a few interesting apps for Deezer, Spotify changed their politics about plugins and no one works anymore. For example, you can import Spotify list with Spotizr in Deezer, but you cannot import any Deezer list in Spotify.

5) Advertisements in Deezer free are infinitely less annoying than Spotify.

Bonus I: lyrics have been mentioned before but I cannot resist to do it also, it is one of the things I missed more in Spotify since they threw the plugin system to the thrash.

Bonus II: I've seen many improvements during the last year in Deezer but there is no significant one in Spotify. Not only that, they don't publish change logs any more so you cannot know what they are doing with your computer after an update.

Bonus III: Privacy concerns in Spotify are really alarming. They collect a huge amount of data from users. A simple search on the net will throw posts commenting this.
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to me deezer has the best interface. spotify i find it tries to predict what you want to see first but it fails. deezer is more standard i know where to find things. also i think music discover deezer offers more options. inspired by flow gives you multiple playlists based on genre and unlike spotify it is mostly songs not in your library. spotify has 6 daily mixes but when you look closer its 70% of songs that already are liked in your library. so this is not discovery but more just a mix of music you already like with a few new ones in there. i tested this and found it to be surprisingly accurate. spotify has discover weekly which does a decent job but its not nearly as many songs overall as deezer gives you with its daily mixes that are not in library. i like how on deezer mobile app you can like songs right in the playlist as opposed to clicking a hamburger menu and then selecting like. you can see right away if those songs already are in your library or if they are new. give deezer a try

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For me (I was with Spotify a while back) Deezer is better also because...
 

nicer interface (when you "like" a song it puts it under favourite songs, if you "like" an album it adds it to your albums but DOESN'T put all the songs in your Favourites songs (unlike Spotify does - very annoying!).

 

Not anymore Rob.  

I am Spotify Premium user for 3 years and now decided to canceled and use the  Deezer for better audio quality,but I still using the Spotify free account to listen offline by using the Tunelf Spotify Music Converter which is cheaper than the Premium.so I use both:blush:

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I am Spotify Premium user for 3 years and now decided to canceled and use the  Deezer for better audio quality,but I still using the Spotify free account to listen offline by using the Tunelf Spotify Music Converter which is cheaper than the Premium.so I use both:blush:

Hello.

I was Spotify Premium 2010-2016, roughly a bit over 5 years!

I changed because it was overbloated with stuff I never needed. Their radio played same artists and songs over, over, over, over and over again. I selected Google Music All Access and paid 2016-2020, roughly a bit less than 5 years! I needed to go because I’ve got message that they will close app.

Deezer Premium is my current favourite. Why.

It is better than Google Music. It has BEST sound on the market if you need 320K only. Radio plays new songs over, over, over, over and over again. Best layout, hands down. Best mobile app on the market, hands down. Everything just works, so I paid year in advanced. Thanks for your time.

If you love music, you can’t go wrong with year of Deezer Premium.

I was using Deezer premium 1y before I switched to Spotify premium. There are quite many features that Deezer is having ...I'm missing Deezer quality and clean sound, also lyrics, sound search, flow etc. but now I just cannot imagine not having gapless playback and 'connect' features that Spotify has. For me those two are basic features. It's so easy and convenient when I stream from xbox to my DAC to use mobile or pc app to search, pick and control playback on xbox and not using controller. For example if I stream from xbox I don't have to turn on my tv to see what is playing and to use xbox controller to play next song. I just open a mobile app and do all that. If those two features will be implemented in Deezer (hopefully soon) I will be back on Deezer without a heartbeat :-)

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Hi @ifeher 

 

I have to agree with you that the Spotify Connect feature is brilliant and makes “moving/controlling” what you’re playing around devices easy - hopefully Deezer implements something similar in the future. 

A lot of users don’t switch between devices (e.g. it’s just a speaker/pc/phone) they use so don’t need the connect and then Deezer trumps! :)

 

 

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I am a long-time Deezer user (Family and now Hifi) - why should I move to Spotify?

After 2 months testing Spotify Premium, I must say Spotify Connect is a killer feature.

The difference between using the computer or mobile to listen to music by streaming is considerable.

I listen to music with my Mac using Boom 3D Equalizer to adjust the sound to my own preference. Mac is always connected to the HiFi sound system and Boom 3D makes a huge difference in sound quality. Using this set up, the difference between Deezer HiFi and Spotify Premium is miminal with the advantage that I can control the music from anywhere in the house with great sound quality.

Futhermore, when using the mobile (with headphones, e.g.) I can use a third-party Spotify's app that makes a nice improvement to the sound. It is simple but works very very good: SpotEQ.

With this being said, the next 3 weeks will be decisive to definitely move or not to Spotify.

 

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Hey @LFM 

Our feature here won't be finished in 3 weeks but it's being prioritised because, after all, it is indeed a killer feature - and so, we have to be realistic. Subscribe to both topics if you can, so that you can be kept updated in case you decide to move to another streaming service :thumbsup_tone2:

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I don’t think this is a deal breaker for me.

After all I am just listening with finest Bluetooth headphones on laptop and with loudest Bluetooth earphones on the phone. It works perfectly fine for me with Deezer playlist sync.

I still hope they can implement it for people who are keen into this Connection feature.

Like I said before, having Deezer Premium paid year in advanced is best hot dog in town.

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Hey @LFM 

Our feature here won't be finished in 3 weeks but it's being prioritised because, after all, it is indeed a killer feature - and so, we have to be realistic. Subscribe to both topics if you can, so that you can be kept updated in case you decide to move to another streaming service :thumbsup_tone2:

Hey @Rudi 

Thank you for the feedback. I will keep me updated regarding remote control.

It is good to know that Deezer sees this function as a priority to bring an additional differential to the service. 

 

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Concerning Spotify Connect Deezer can at least sync the play queues on all devices now, so it always starts at the beginning of the last heard song if you change your device. You can enable play queue synching in the audio quality settings.

I agree with most of the ideas mentioned above. Here’s a detailed comparison and you guys might be interested: Deezer vs Spotify. I have transfer my Spotify playlist to Deezer for a while and I am pretty satisfied so far. :D

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What a joy to read this, especially knowing our size @rain purple :heart_eyes:

 

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My 2 Euros for the conversation :-)

 

  1. FLOW - I’m in love with that feature . Mix all the genre and suggest new tunes .
  2. Great audio quality . Better than Spotify 
  3. I can upload my own MP3 files to the service ( On Spotify you can but it’s a bit tricky )
  4. When you hearted a song it won’t be added to the albums section like on Spotify 
  5. Great community . I think you won’t be lost here .

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