Spotify could find itself with some new streaming music competition in the US, with word that rival Deezer is weighing an expansion into the new market and has already begun partnership discussions. Deezer made its first global move back in December 2011, though avoided the US market; earlier this week, it added new countries and an ad-supported free playback option. Now, the WSJ reports, Deezer is exploring the possibility of partnering up with a US company for new subscribers.
Streaming music service Deezer has added an ad-supported option, extending free playback to more than 150 countries as it attempts to take on Spotify and other media options. The feature - which comes as Deezer announces 3m paying subscribers worldwide - will launch alongside Deezer 4 Artists (D4A), a new set of musician analytics, profile pages, and bonus content upload tools to help build and track communities on the service.
LG has given its smart TV line-up a squirt of extra streaming content, adding Napster, Eurosport, Deezer, and other premium services to its 2012 models. The new entertainment options - some of which will require a subscription to access, though LG is laying on some free trials - will be landing over the coming weeks, while new UK buyers will also get a free chunk of movie download credit.
Spotify-rivaling streaming music service Deezer is ramping up its assault on its better-known rival, launching an apps platform to promote software and services that hook into its new music APIs. Deezer App Studio consists of a double-whammy of developer APIs to inject Deezer functionality into third-party apps as well as put their own app services inside of Deezer, and an App Center for downloading new titles for desktop, web, and mobile.
Spotify rival Deezer has announced ambitious international launch plans for the next six months, though the company has purposefully ignored the US and Japan. December 8 will see Deezer's web-based streaming audio service arrive in Ireland and the Netherlands, with 45 more countries by the end of the year. The company offers premium unlimited streaming of a choice of 13m tracks on the desktop, along with optional offline mobile access to tracks.
There's been word that one of the last major hold-outs in the streaming music business, Led Zeppelin, was in negotiations with several companies since early this year. Now that they've officially joined up with Spotify for their entire official record collection, it would appear that Spotify has won the battle - according to a NYTimes release from January, several companies were still in the running for rights. With Rhapsody, Rdio, and Deezer having also been on the list, there's a distinct possibility that Spotify's "exclusive" launch wont last for long.
Cloud storage and streaming service Streamnation has just added a new feature to its arsenal that could potentially ruffle the feathers of a few entities in the entertainment industry. It will now be allowing users to not only upload "DRM-free" copies of their favorite films and TV shows, but actually let others watch them as well, at practically no cost.
Google has rolled more Google+ functionality into search results, injecting app activity so as to give examples of user preferences alongside searches for sites and apps. The new feature will be rolled out to desktop search users "over the next few weeks", Google says, and initially with a limited number of music and movie apps including Slacker Radio and Deezer.
Spotify has penned a deal with Orange to offer unlimited music via the carrier's Orange Young plan. Under the deal, Orange Young subscribers will have access to unlimited Spotify music in addition to unlimited text and talk and mobile. The subscription plans start at $20 per month and move upwards from there.