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Deezer arrives on Windows 8 ahead of Spotify, still no sign of US launch

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Deezer Windows 8
Deezer Windows 8

Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system gets another music streaming service today: Deezer. The app is launching in the Windows Store, providing Deezer users with direct access to the service in a touch-friendly UI. If you're not a Deezer member then you'll be restricted to 30 seconds of each track, but Deezer subscribers can access the full features of playlists and favorites within the new app.

Deezer claims it has "exclusive features" for Windows 8, but a quick look at the app shows that the company hasn't even implemented a Live Tile for Windows 8, so it's not entirely clear what features the company is utilizing as part of Microsoft's new OS. Nevertheless, Deezer launches ahead of Spotify on Microsoft's Windows 8 platform. It joins Nokia Music and Microsoft's own Xbox Music service to fight for music subscriptions.

While Deezer is available in 180 countries, the company is still not ready to launch in the US market. Deezer has been seeking out potential partners in the US to complete against services such as Pandora, Rdio, and Spotify. With 3 million subscribers and 20 million tracks, Deezer isn't short of fans, but with Spotify taking advantage of its US availability and subscriber growth, the French music streaming service needs to crack the US if it wants to catch its fellow European music platform.