Deezer, the Pandora Killer.

For a long time now there has been a lot of controversy over streaming music websites. Pandora was forced to cut off countries to comply with certain copyright laws and the popular music site Imeem has resorted to cut all copyrighted tracks to 30 seconds in length. Pandora, when accessible allows you to put in an artist's name or track and it will tailor a personal radio station to your taste. However, you lose the ability to choose the tracks you want to listen too due to copyright restrictions so this might not be for some users.

However, a fairly new website has sprung up named "Deezer" which complies with copyright laws, allow you to play the tracks you want and has radio stations! Deezer has ironed out differences with the French government and have agreed to share revenue with the artists and producers thus making it completely legal and a great alternative to Pandora and Imeem.

I've been personally testing this out for a couple of weeks now and I have to say it's one of the best free music websites yet. Great loading times, tracks you want to listen too and a huge collection of music to choose from, not to mention the ability to upload your own music.

Link: Deezer

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OK Wait A minute, I have to step in and correct the original article
" Imeem has resorted to cut all copyrighted tracks to 30 seconds in length."

I can tell you that this statement is wide of the mark by a long way, because I work at imeem.
When users upload their music to imeem we use Snocap's audio fingeprinting system (technically a robust perceptual hash for the real geeks out there) to figure out what the track is, we then match that against the database and tracks are only converted to 30 second sample if we don't have permission to stream them full length. Back in July 2007 this was pretty common but 3 months ago imeem completed signing deals with all the major record labels and we can now legally stream millions of different tracks.

As for deezer, I've seen comparisons of the catalog they deliver and what imeem has to offer and I'm happy to say imeem is twice as likely to deliver you a full length version.

And it not only works in the US, but covers inspirational/gospel artists like Kirk Franklin (even better, it works in standards-compliant browsers such as IE 8 beta 1 or Firefox, which have issues with Rhapsody). Yes, it shows French ads, but the music streams at least as well as AOL Music (which also has some issues with standards-compliant browsers).

Vive la Deezer!

Heh. Not to gloat like a goth girl about an underground band but I used Deezer /before/ it was popular!

It used to be a lot better. A lot of music has disappeared. Load times have never been spectacular for me but hey, Deezer's pretty cool.

wasnt always called "deezer" was blogmusik before. personally liked the old name better, but the service itself has certainly improved a lot since then.

(Pimpster said @ #8)
wasnt always called "deezer" was blogmusik before. personally liked the old name better, but the service itself has certainly improved a lot since then.

Wow, this was Blogmusik??? Amazing difference since the last time I used it!

Well, first I've heard about Deezer, and it is now a bookmarked favorite that I am currently listening to a crap load of Madonna tracks :D

Thanks for the head's up on this one!

*Edit* Oh, and IE8 butchers the layout of this one a bit, just a warning for those of us using IE8

I don't have a single issue with the big 8 and Deezer (which is more than I can say with Rhapsody, which refuses to cooperate with IE 8, even in IE 7 emulation mode). In fact, I have Kirk Franklin in a tab kicking out "Looking For You" as I type this reply in another IE 8 tab (IE 7 emulation mode is turned off). Standards-compliant streaming radio; who'da thunk it?

But does it do the "similar artists" thing PAndora does ? if not it's not a Pandora killer, and besides the US government allready killed pandora for me so it can't be can it...

this has been around for aaaages, i actually discovered because someone posted it on neowin..

why was this not news before now?

its a great site!