Deezer Declares: Classical Is Not Dead! (Yet…)

Music streaming services have never really been marketed for classical music lovers, but Deezer is looking to change that.

Deezer is one of the most popular music streaming services worldwide, with 10 million active users in 180 countries (but not the United States).  They also have north of 4 million subscribers (at last count), making them a not-so-distant second behind Spotify’s 6-going-on-7-million.

It’s a heady horse-race, but can classical music fans move the needed?  Now, Deezer is saying yes, and catering to long-overlooked fans of classical music via their app studio.

Today, Deezer announced their new app, released in partnership with Universal classical labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, and Accord.

The app helps users discover a variety of classical songs, including interpretations of various pieces, through categories such as composer, era, and mood.

In addition, Deezer now offers the entire classical catalogues of Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips, L’Oiseau Lyre, and Accord.

6 Responses

  1. HareOfSeville

    The big question – what’s the audio quality? With classical repertoire, this matters quite a bit, and 320-kbps won’t cut it, unless this is just seen as a supplemental service that you’d use while on-the-go.

  2. acuvox

    MP3 is bad for your health. Classical musicians hear differently than the general population because their ears are trained from childhood to acoustic sounds. All the research that says MP3 is acceptable is based on speaker listeners to whom acoustic music is a foreign language.

    • WaitingForTheTide

      Blimey… People wonder why classical music struggles to attract new fans… Elitist snobbery or what??!!
      Sound quality offered by streaming sites is way better than what classical music fans would have been listening to not so long ago!

      • Jim

        Not so long ago? do you mean the pre WWII? Since the 1950s I’d say it beats what mp3 can provide.. its not snobbery, I find it very sad that now when the technology allows greater sound quality than ever we are instead reduced to compressed decrepitude..

  3. Johann

    The main problem is that people doń’t care having a classical Deezer app made with Universal back catalog and a few crap new releases when the vitality of classical music is the new recordings by the independent record labels. And most new releases of those independent labels are not on Deezer – as Deezer is worse than Spotify for the revenues to the labels and artists.