Lossless streaming service Deezer HiFi has recently officially launched in Japan. Deezer HiFi owns a huge music library with millions of CD-quality works that can give listeners the best moments of music enjoyment. At the present time, Deezer HiFi will provide about 36 million works in Lossless catalog and select Japanese market as the first step to attack the Asian market.
The Deezer HiFi will have a subscription price of around JPY 1,960 per month and provides the stream format of FLAC 44.1 kHz / 16 bit (1411 kbps). Users can stream lossless from devices of Onkyo, Pioneer, Yamaha … and support both Windows and Mac with web-player. Deezer also has apps for iOS and Android but only supports lossy (128/320 kbps).
Compared to MP3 or AAC (up to 320 kbps), the Deezer HiFi will provide much better audio quality thanks to the stream format up to 44.1 kHz / 16 bits (1411 kbps). The details of the song when listening through the Deezer HiFi are still perfectly retained even though it is just a stream form rather than playing music directly enough to see how good the music that Deezer offers. Users are however recommended to play music over a WiFi connection to save costs rather than mobile data connection.
As mentioned above, the Deezer HiFi owns a music library with about 36 million songs spread across all genres, but it still lacks some small artists or no registration with Deezer. In return, most of the famous and well-known works are fully present and users can easily search and listen to them. For example, if you search for Japanese music, only name artists like Utada Hikaru have full albums, but still quite limited.
Deezer HiFi will provide Deezer Desktop app for Windows and Mac computer users. In general, this software is quite similar to other streaming apps when it comes to basic features such as searching, playing music, customizing the quality of music and displaying full information about the work you are listening to. Users can easily find prominent names like Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Madeline or Peru recommended in the search menu if you’ve heard jazz before (because of Deezer’s recommended algorithm). Also based on what you’ve heard.
The app not only displays the lyrics (if any) but also provides an additional feature to automatically search the lyrics (most are based on LyricFind’s data source). Deezer HiFi however only supports displaying lyrics in Alphabet and does not support figurative languages such as Chinese, Japanese or Korean.