Spotify vs. Deezer: Which Is Better(2024 Ultimate Guide)

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March 19, 2024

Spotify and Deezer are two of the most popular music streaming services. They both offer ad-supported free-tier and premium tier to access exclusive features for music including improved sound quality and an on-demand, offline, and ad-free music listening experience. Here is a comprehensive comparison between Spotify vs Deezer.

Plans

  • Spotify Premium Individual: $10.99/month.
  • Spotify Premium Duo: $14.99/month.
  • Spotify Premium Family: $16.99/month.
  • Spotify Premium Student: $5.99/month.
  • Deezer Premium: 1 month free then $11.99/month or $107.99/year
  • Deezer Duo: 1 month free then $15.99/month or $174.99/year
  • Deezer Family: 1 month free then $19.99/month or $218.99/year.( Get 6 individual accounts, all with Deezer Premium benefits.)
  • Deezer Student: 1 month free then $5.99/month.

Deezer costs more than Spotify whether you subscribe to Premium Individual, Duo or Family monthly.

Deezer Student plan costs the same as Spotify student plan, however, the latter includes Hulu(ad-supported) subscription.

Winner: Spotify

Free Trial

Spotify only offers one month free trial for Premium Individual and Premium Student plan. Premium Duo and Family plan doesn’t offer free trial. Occasional it will offer 3 months free trial to users who haven’t already tried Premium. Offers applied to Premium individual.

Deezer offer one month free trial for Deezer Premium, Deezer Family, Deezer Student. If you have Deezer free account, currently you can get Deezer Premium $2.99/month for 3 months. $10.99/month after that. Log in your Deezer account in browser and you will find the offer.

Or get this Deezer Family offer: $3.99/month for 3 months, then $17.99/month after that.

Winner: Deezer

Deezer free VS. Spotify free

Both Deezer free and Spotify free are limited to online streaming only, 6 skips per hour and ad-supported.

If you listen to Deezer Free on your browser or the desktop app, you’ll only hear 30-second song snippets. So if you only have Deezer Free, save time on using the web player or desktop app.

However, Spotify free on web player and desktop has less limits than mobile app: users can play songs on demand, while mobile apps only supports shuffle play. So if you use web player and desktop often, Spotify free is better than Deezer free.

Catalog

Deezer now has over 90 million tracks available for streaming. Enjoy access to a catalogue of more than 90 million songs, playlists, podcasts and radio channels. Discover new music releases and trending albums, and create your own library.

Spotify now has over 100 million tracks and over 5 million podcasts titles. Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with 515m users, including 210m subscribers in over 180 markets in 2023 Q1.

Quality

Deezer offers 1411 kbps CD-quality audio, whereas Spotify’s highest overall audio quality setting is capped at 320 kbps. Spotify’s audio quality limit is still 320kbps (the maximum bitrate threshold for MP3).

Spotify quality
Podcast quality

Podcast quality is equivalent to approximately 96kbit/s on all devices except the web player where it’s 128kbit/s.

On mobile/tablet, if you change the audio quality to low, the podcast quality will lower to approximately 24kbit/s.

How to change Spotify audio quality?

On mobile and tablet

  1. Tap Home.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Select your preferred settings under Audio Quality.

On desktop

  1. Click your account in the top right corner and select Settings.
  2. Under Audio Quality, select your preferred settings.
spotify quality
Deezer Audio Quality
  • Deezer Free: Basic, Standard
  • Deezer Premium: Basic, Standard, High Quality, High Fidelity
  • Deezer Student: Basic, Standard, High Quality, High Fidelity
  • Deezer Family: Basic, Standard, High Quality, High Fidelity

Deezer used to have a HiFi plan which is expensive than Premium plan and only HiFi plan users can get High Fidelity audio quality. See below screenshot:

Currently the HiFi plan has been removed. Your Deezer Premium and Deezer Family plans have HiFi built in, so you can experience exceptional Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) sound for all your songs at no extra cost. 

How to change Deezer audio quality?

On mobile and tablet

  1. Tap the Settings icon.
  2. Touch Audio in the menu.
  3. Setup your settings for Streaming quality and Downloads.

With High Fidelity sound, you get lossless, CD quality music streaming. HiFi requires a minimum speed of 5 Mb/s to enjoy FLAC streaming. The higher your speed, the better your FLAC streams will be.

On web or desktop app

  1. Click on the Audio icon.
  2. Select whichever of the quality options you prefer.

User interface

Desktop app

Spotify

  • OS X 10.13 or above
  • Windows 7 or above

Supported web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, Safari.

spotify mac

Deezer

  • OS X 10.10 or later on Mac
  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 on Windows machines

Web Player supported browsers are: Google ChromeInternet ExplorerFirefoxMicrosoft Edge, and Safari.

If you use Deezer Free, the desktop app and web player may seems useless, because you will only be allowed to play a 30 second preview for individual songs.

Mobile app

Spotify

Spotify’s interface has a dark theme and is easy to navigate. The Home page is the central hub where you can find recommended music based on the current time of day, recently played songs, new releases, and a personalized “Made for You” section. It provides a user-friendly experience to explore and enjoy a wide range of music effortlessly.

Deezer

Now playing interface:

Spotify

When it comes to the music player, Spotify offers a clean and organized interface. It prioritizes simplicity and ensures that your music playback experience is hassle-free. Additionally, Spotify goes a step further by supporting animated cover art, adding a dynamic and visually captivating element to your music listening journey.

Deezer

Deezer’s now playing screen has more options than Spotify.

Lyrics

Both Spotify and Deezer offer lyrics. On Deezer mobile app, tap Lyrics on the now playing page to access it.

On Spotify, scroll up the now playing page and you will find the lyrics(if exists.)

Sleep Timer

Deezer sleep timer is easy to find at the bottom of the now playing screen with a clock icon.

On Spotify, you need to tap the three-dots icon and then scroll down and choose Sleep timer.

How to download Deezer to MP3 and transfer to Spotify?

If you want to switch Deezer to Spotify without losing your playlists, the best way is to download Deezer to MP3 and them upload music to Spotify as Local Files.

Deezer free has so many limits, especially on desktop app and web player. To get Deezer for free, the best method is to download Deezer songs to MP3 with professional Deezer Music Converter.

1. Launch Deezer Music Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Deezer Music Converter on your Mac. Click the Sign in button and log in your Deezer account.

2. Change output format(optional)

The default output format is lossless M4A. Pazu Deezer Music Converter also supports converting Deezer music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. 

Output File Name: name the songs with any combination of Title, Artist, Album, Playlist Index, Track Number. For example, if you choose Title and Artist, Tylor Swift’s song Lover will be named as Lover Tylor Swift.mp3.

Output Organized: organize downloaded songs by Artist, Album, Artist/Album or Album/Artist.

3. Select music you want to download

Follow the on-screen instructions to choose the playlist or album you want to convert. Click Add songs.

4. Start Conversion

By default, all songs in the playlist/album will be checked. If there are songs you don’t want to convert, please uncheck the box. Then click Convert button to start downloading songs to the format you choose.

After conversion, click below folder icon to quickly locate the downloaded songs.