Deezer adds news and entertainment podcasts to digital music library following Stitcher acquisition

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Deezer CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht-

Above: Deezer CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht

  • 20,000 news, entertainment, comedy and sports shows available on demand
  • Podcasts will include popular favorites from Slate, Financial Times, Monocle 24, Radio Nova, Télérama and Sveriges Radio
  • Search, add and listen to shows mobile and desktop
  • Available immediately in UK, France and Sweden and rolling out internationally in the coming months

Digital music streaming service Deezer has today expanded its content offering by adding news and entertainment podcasts to to its 35 million strong music library.

Deezer listeners in France, UK and Sweden can now search, add and listen to over 20,000 shows from content providers including Slate, Financial Times, Monocle 24, Radio Nova, Télérama and Sveriges Radio. The launch of the new talk programming to Deezer’s music streaming service means listeners can now access a network of music, news and entertainment from around the world – all in one place. The launch marks the integration of radio programming from Stitcher, the leading radio and podcast app acquired by Deezer last October.

“Deezer is pairing the best news and entertainment with the largest music catalogue in the world to become the leading service for on demand music, radio and podcasts,” said Hans-Holger Albrecht, CEO of Deezer. “This move signals our commitment to leading innovation, with a vision of becoming a single destination for audio, tailor-made for each listener. We’ll continue to roll out new programming in additional regions throughout the year.”

Deezer has 16 million active users including six million paying subscribers, making it the second biggest pureplay streaming-music service behind Spotify, which has 60 million active users including 15 million subscribers. But both are preparing for the launch of rival services from Apple and Google/YouTube in the months ahead which could impact their businesses significantly.

Deezer Elite offers unlimited access to high definition audio for use exclusively on Sonos: £14.99 per month for 12 months, £9.99 per month for 1 year (£120 paid upfront) and £9.99 per month for 2 years (£240 paid upfront). Deezer Premium Plus delivers unlimited access on your phone, tablet and computer without ads for £9.99 per month. A free ad-supported version of Deezer is also available.

Chris Price
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