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Deezer US launch set for January 2014 - report

Tom Pakinkis
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Deezer will land in the United States in January next year, according to reports.

Insiders close to Digital Music News have said the music streaming service will “definitely” launch Stateside in January and is currently considering doing so with a ‘major mobile carrier’.

Such a move would fit in with its current strategy. It has partnered with 25 telcos globally to date, having announced 11 new deals last week.

However, the DMN sources say that, while a US telco deal is possible, “It doesn’t look like there will be a carrier partner as of now”, so the service could go it alone.

News of a US launch comes just after Deezer announced 5 million paying subscribers last week – gaining on Spotify’s last official figure of 7 million. However, while Spotify is already present in the US, Deezer’s pay count includes those that have come to the service via a mobile bundle.

Deezer sources have also suggested that the platform could be acquired by Microsoft. While the two sides “aren’t in deep negotiations at this point”, the deal is apparently “definitely on the table.”

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Tags: streaming, Digital, Deezer, US

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