Deezer may not be the number one player in the music streaming game, but it's looking to gain ground on its biggest rival with the release of its "App Studio." In addition to an "App Centre" for showcasing software that integrates the service's catalogue, developers "can now place feature-rich apps inside Deezer.com." The company also hopes that a partnership with Echo Nest should make it easier for devs to use music in their projects. A modest 8 items will be available in the App Centre at launch, including the edjing app for mixing Deezer tracks on virtual decks, and the cheeky Spotizr app for importing your Spotify playlist. The French streaming outfit has also been busy improving its social aspects in Facebook and through updates to its Android and iOS apps. Check out the PR below for more info on recent news, details on how to get developing, and the full list of launch-day App Centre wares.
DEEZER GOES TO WORK DRIVING MUSIC DISCOVERY WITH APP STUDIO AND NEW PARTNERSHIPS
28th November 2012
Global music subscription service Deezer is forging ahead with its aim of driving music discovery worldwide. Deezer is pleased to announce the next stage of 'Open Deezer' – the easiest and broadest music API open to developers – as well as new strategic partnerships and a series of innovative technological updates.
This week Deezer unveils:
· A new Deezer App Studio that will enable the discovery of rich new app experiences built around music
· Partnerships with Echonest and Songkick to aid musical discovery and the integration of music into applications
· Updates to Deezer's iOS and Android apps that enable the seamless discovery of music through friends
Daniel Marhely, Deezer Founder said, "Deezer's music service is built around discovery so we need it to be continuously fresh and engaging for music fans. That is why we developed our Open Deezer programme as an invitation to the boldest and most innovative developers to take music discovery to the next level. Similarly we're building smart partnerships to better integrate music into apps and the web – with an eye to making it easy to share music with friends when you're on the go, wherever you may be."
Open Deezer steps up a gear with new App Studio
Today Deezer launched the second phase of its Open API Programme. Launched in May, Open Deezer enabled developers to seamlessly integrate the 20 million tracks in Deezer's library into their products across all platforms, worldwide. Now, Deezer is taking the next step towards enabling musical discovery everywhere through the launch of its App Studio. In addition to featuring Deezer functionality and content within their own products, 'Deezer Devs' can now place feature-rich apps inside Deezer.com, affording them greater visibility and helping make Deezer a more engaging destination for music fans.
Marhely commented, ""In the last six months we have seen some excellent app ideas take shape, enabled by our open API. We particularly love the ones developed by bright sparks or young startups which are helping to enrich the music ecosystem. Take edjing as an example – it turns mobile phones into DJ decks powered by Deezer music – it's inspired."
Deezer's App Centre will not only feature desktop apps, but will also enable the discovery of web, iOS and Android apps built with the Open Deezer API.
Jean-Marc Plueger, the CEO of YaSound, an app which enables people to discover internet radio stations, said:
"YaSound is thrilled to participate to this great revolution: for the first time on the web, people from 160 countries worldwide will be able to great new services with music at their heart through the Deezer App Store. With Deezer's YaSound app, music fans everywhere will be able to discover music through the largest database of internet radio stations, covering every genre."
Deezer integrates Songkick to drive offline musical discovery, adds new partnerships
Deezer wants to enable musical discovery in the real world, not just the online one. Deezer has built Songkick's concert recommendation API into the heart of Deezer's new personalised music libraries. Music fans can now access local concert listings based on their listening habits.
Deezer is working hard to build smart partnerships with cutting edge music and technology businesses. By partnering with music intelligence provider Echonest, Deezer is making it easier for developers to embed Deezer music into their apps.
But that's not all. Deezer has also been busy working on:
· Extended Facebook integration: Brings Deezer directly into Facebook's Notification Centre. Deezer subscribers can share their favourite songs as they listen with any of their Facebook friends – including people who don't have Deezer.
· Mobile social discovery: Updates to Deezer's iPhone iOS and Android apps include new social discovery features and a 'Friends' feature that allows music fans to tap into their best friends' music collections and latest artist discoveries.
· Easier mobile sharing: New mobile features include a navigation bar to make it easier for mobile users to build and share their music library. In one swipe, music fans can add tracks to playlists, access album or artist pages, and share their music with friends.
Global App Centre: Apps available at launch:
· PIAS – Discover independent artists and labels
· Twusic – Social radio powered by Twitter sharing
· Shuffler - Curated music blog aggregator
· eDJing – Puts you in the DJ booth, letting you mix two Deezer tracks of your choice
· What's That Track? – Social music quiz game that tests your musical knowledge
· Wallzr – Create desktop wallpaper based on your favourite Deezer playlists
· Spotizr – Imports any Spotify playlist into Deezer
· Lalilala – The social singing game – 'Draw Something for music'
The process for developers is simple: submit your app through Deezer's developer website and wait for the Deezer team's prompt approval. The App Centre will continue to expand over the next few months, culminating in a showcase revealing newly-added apps.