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.