Despite sounding like a minor character from Happy Days, Deezer is a genuinely impressive on-demand music app that’s bound to have teenage ragamuffins inflicting their musical tastes on everyone else everywhere soon. Basically, Deezer is Spotify… but better. Once signed in you have instant access to the musical outpourings of thousands of artists, across all genres and decades, and not just the likes of Micki Ninja or whatever the kids listen to these days.
Not only can you source tunes via artist/title search and build your own playlists, you can also listen to ‘radio channel’ compilations, share what you’re listening to via Facebook and, best of all, download your music onto your phone to listen to even when you can’t get a Wi-Fi or 3G signal.
The app itself is free, but not free from ads, so if you want to enjoy your sounds without being hassled to buy stuff, or you find your desire for streamed music is more insatiable than you originally imagined and mere thousands of tracks just won’t cut it, an upgrade to Deezer Premium+ opens up the whole database of some 13 million-plus top tunes to keep you entertained from now until doomsday.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Quick to respond to searches and packed with all manner of material from the usual X Factor horror suspects such as One Direction to the unexpected inclusion of the glorious Half Man Half Biscuit, there’s no limit on the number of times a track can be played and you can even share your libraries with other devices as often as you please.
Of course none of this will be of any solace when you’re having to endure a gaggle of teen ne’er-do-wells listening to Tinie Temp-Worker on the bus, but at least now you can slip on your headphones and drift off to a world of sonorous superiority.
Version reviewed 3.111
Requires Android 1.5 or higher