Music service Deezer goes global

But the streaming music service is skipping a U.S. launch

Deezer is planning to roll out its streaming music service in more than 200 countries, the company announced at the Le Web conference in Paris on Wednesday.

Deezer is a Web-based service that allows users to listen to 13 million songs on their smartphone, tablet or PC. It has the support of all four major record labels -- Sony, Universal, Warner and EMI, which is in the process of being acquired by Universal.

The global introduction will start this month, with a number of new territories being added every week starting on Dec. 8. The company's goal is to reach 200 countries by June next year. By the end of December it will be available across Europe, and in Canada and Latin America by the end of January.

Unlike competing services Rdio and Spotify, Deezer won't be available in the U.S., a decision the company put down to market saturation and low growth forecasts. Deezer has also decided not to launch in Japan for the same reasons, it said.

Integration with Facebook will be a key part of the service. For example, artists will be able to share their new songs and playlists with fans across the world.

Today, Deezer is available in France, Belgium and the U.K. The service comes with two price plans: Premium and Premium+, which cost £4.99 (US$8) and £9.99 per month, respectively. To listen to music on smartphones and tablets, users have to choose the Premium+ plan.

The online market for music has been heating up lately, and Deezer isn't the only music service that is expanding its footprint. Last month, Spotify introduced its service in Austria, Belgium and Switzerland, while also announcing Spotify Apps.

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