Deezer has officially gone global with its high definition-quality Deezer Elite service. Launched in the US last year, the premium offering will initially be open exclusively to Sonos customers and will cost 14.99/month for 12 months, or 9.99/month (120 total) if you pay for the full year up front. Paying in euros, dollars or pounds? The 14.99/9.99 pricing is the same.
According to Deezer, the CD-quality streaming service is available now to Sonos users in 150 countries. Existing Deezer subscribers had a chance to upgrade starting in February but now it's open to new customers. New Elite users will get a 30-day free trial.
Deezer isn't saying how long the Elite service will be exclusive to Sonos customers.
The France-based firm has a 35-million track library for streaming FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) files at 1,411 kbps or higher through Sonos speakers and components. A typical quality for a streaming service is 320kbps.
Deezer sent an email to subscribers explaining: "You can now listen to performances as the artist intended with digital lossless capture of the original analogue audio sources. Experience the music at five times the bitrate [of MP3]: 1411kbps vs 320kbps."
Audiophiles have more choices than ever in terms of portable, premium listening. Deezer Elite's competition in the HD market includes Tidal, which was recently purchased by Jay Z, and e-Onkyo, a Japanese service that recently expanded into the U.S., U.K. and Germany. If you prefer carrying around a Toblerone-sized device, there's also Neil Young's Pono player.