There have been established quite a few streaming providers within these 5 years. Often times prices and range of content is almost similar. Hence to make your selection easier in music streaming, we have compared Deezer and Tidal. Deezer is on the market for quite a few years, whereas Tidal is pretty fresh. Let’s begin and see which provider offers ideal music streaming service.
Deezer provides a web player for IE, Safari, Firefox and Chrome. Plus offers a Windows and Mac program and app for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows, and Blackberry and also for few SmartTVs, cars (like BMW, FIAT, MINI) and HiFi equipment.
Tidal too provides web player. And program for Windows and OS X. App for Android and iOS. Tidal can also run with few partners like Harman Kardon, Sonos and Oppo.
So clearly you can see that more systems support Deezer. Even older operating versions are supporting Deezer.
Deezer’s designs across all platforms remains pretty much modern and sleek. You can easily find what you are looking for. Because it is user-centric design. However there is nothing which standouts. It’s just a simple player with no animations and gestures and a few accessories.
Being fresh in the market, Tidal’s designs seem in its primary stage. The menu looks ambiguous and during downloading a track, title isn’t always clear. Some songs are downloadable, while some are not. The app version has a type of click wheel which can be swiped to go backwards or forward in the song. Design of their Windows program and web view seriously needs to improve.
Deezer is made for simplicity while Tidal has more engaging designs. Although Tidal has a lot more potential to improve and it will do so in the coming future.
Deezer has a unique function named Flow. So Flow finds you the music which fits your mood accordingly. Flow knows which songs are there in your library and tries to gage your music taste accordingly. Flow can suggest you new music and you can tell Flow if you like or dislike and he will react accordingly. Lyrics to any song can be displayed if you wish so Karaoke fans can rejoice. You can also follow radio station of quasi Bundesliga, to know what his favorite sports teams and more. You have an option to listening to audiobooks too. There is a possibility to upload your music and gain fan base through Deezer. These are pretty solid features to give you a music enriched experience.
However in Tidal, as yet it is not possible to import your own music and playlists, which is certainly a letdown. Tidal is offering two unique features called Discovery and Rising.
A discovery is a platform for upcoming artists to publicize their music at a large scale through Tidal. Tidal rising agreement gives a chance to artists who have a smaller fan base to introduce themselves to larger audience. Plus you can view Music videos in Tidal. Like few months back Beyoncé released her music video “Feeling Myself” exclusively on Tidal. Rihanna, Beyoncé and more artists regularly drop their tracks exclusively for Tidal.
It’s difficult to evaluate which one provides services better. It’s a matter of your personal preferences and taste.
Deezer offers 3 pricing models. One being the discovery offer is free, though it doesn’t have ad-free access to it. Here offline mode isn’t available and you don’t get HiFi, Tv and car support. It only has access to Artist Mix and Flow feature.
2nd pricing model: Premium +. Pricing: $9.99/month or 9.99 €/month and 15-day free trial. In this tier you can experience music even offline. Along with unlimited scrubs and skips it has ad-free access. It offers car, Tv, HiFi support and also Google Chromecast support.
3rd pricing model: Elite. Pricing: 14.99 €/month. Offline mode and HiFi, Tv and car supported only through Sonos system. However it doesn’t support Chromecast.
Tidal has 2 options: Tidal Premium and Tidal HiFi. Yet, it doesn’t provide a free mode, however each model can be tested for a month. But still you have to go through payment method. In Germany being $ 1.Premium version is for 9.99 € and HiFi for € 19, 99. US counterpart is comparatively cheaper with prices 50 or $ 4. If you want to use the mode of Tidal HiFi, you will require HiFi Headphone and of course HiFi device which has high-resolution headphone jack. You will notice the higher sound quality in the HiFi mode due to FLAC stream comprising 1411 kbit / s (44.1 kHz, 16 bit).
Creating playlists in Tidal seems like a task compared to Deezer. Although Deezer’s playlist seem overstretched. Minute technical faults can be experienced while using Tidal. In the case of Deezer, faults are found less as it is older and comparatively matured. Tidal as the potential to become the future of music streaming. Because it is built around the principle of the high fidelity audio. Once people start demanding for such high quality audio, it can flourish then. For crisp audio in Deezer you can opt for Elite tier which is supported through Sonos.
While it is no longer possible for Deezer tracks to download on SD card. It becomes a challenge to manage offline music in your internal memory. In fact, if your internal memory is quite less, you would be left with no offline music, using Deezer. This is a drawback for people who don’t have internet access all the time. While with Tidal you can download to your SD card without any hassle. Although they have a legal restriction about downloading to SD Memory Card and Internal Memory Card. This matter is vague and not quite understood.
Hence the suggestion would be to try both the music streaming services once after taking a look at their positives and negatives above. Since they both can be terminated any month. You can switch back and forward any time. Yet, Tidal has a long way to go. Especially in Web Browser and Windows Program.
|Mobile Operating System||Blackberry/Symbian/Windows Phone/Android/iOS||Android/iOS|
|Services||Internet Radio/On-Demand||Internet Radio/On-Demand|
|Musicians||Independent Labels/Major Labels||Independent Labels/Major Labels|
|Music Quality||128 kbps||96 kbps|
|Number of Songs||35 million||25 million|
|Features||Replay Songs/Create Playlists/Expert Curated Recommending/Like/Dislike Songs/Rewind/Fast Forward Songs||Ad-Free Listening/Computer Algorithm Recommending/Offline Listening/Sync Local Files/Create Playlists/Expert Curated Recommending/ Like/Dislike Songs/Rewind/Fast Forward Songs|
|Third Party Syncing||AirDrop/Twitter/Facebook|
|Compatible Devices||Car Sound System/Computer/Smartphone or Tablet/TV||Computer/Smartphone or Tablet/Streaming Media Player|