Rumor #2: Microsoft May Acquire Deezer Music Service

Deezer is a web based streaming music service, similar to Spotify & Pandora.  Based in Paris, France they launched in 2006 and have slowly expanded out throughout Europe and the Middle East.  They currently have 5 million paid users with 30 million licensed tracks and 30,000 radio channels. This compares quite well to Spotify’s  7 million paid users. In the past Deezer has made deal with telecoms and more recently partnerships with LG, Samsung, and Toshiba.

Seeing success with its mobile phone applications, Deezer is looking to expand into the United States.  France’s Startup Blog reports:

In order to launch [ in the US], Deezer will likely need to partner with a strong local player, which may explain the rumors around the Microsoft acquisition. A partnership with Xbox or Windows could provide Deezer with some much needed advantage over rival Spotify, whose deep integration with Facebook and early attack of the US market has given them the lion’s share of the mind share.

The is the second such rumor of Microsoft acquiring music software.  The first regarding Winamp & Shoutcast 

Source: FSB

  • lifeasyoshi

    Would make sense, since the xbox Music team is located in France.

    • amnesia

      Wow, really? I didn’t know that.

  • Tirinti

    They’d better launch XBox Music in the rest of the World. Few milions people in Poland wants to buy Music Pass and Microsofts refuses to take our monney!
    I just moved to UK and soon I’ll have britisch debit card and I’ll be able to buy it and stop using crappy spotify.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      Exactly, Microsoft should give up on exlcusivism, Apple is known for it, and it doesn’t even look pretty on them.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    Again I hope that Microsoft will acquire these companies (A.O.L. as a whole company, it’s Dial-Up can aid M.S.N. Dial-Up and it still has services and more importantly patents that can financially aid Microsoft’s Services), Xbox Music is a great app, but if it would have even more features, it could dominate the market.