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Deezer Elite bringing hi-res sound to Sonos globally

Deezer has today announced it is launching the Deezer Elite service outside of the United States for the first time.

Unfortunately, you’ll need a Sonos sound system to listen to it, at least for now anyway.

Deezer is rolling out the service across Sonos systems as part of the ‘first phase’ of its global launch.

The bright side is that existing Deezer users who use the service via their Sonos sound systems will be able to upgrade to Deezer Elite at no additional cost.

What’s more, Deezer hopes to roll out Deezer Elite to all users starting on March 19.

This will make Deezer the largest global hi-def streaming service in upwards of 150 countries worldwide.

Deezer Elite launched in the states late last year, offering up a 35 million track library and lossless FLAC file streaming.

Tyler Goldman, CEO of Deezer North America, said: “Our partnership with Sonos offers the ultimate experience for music fans, combining the best wireless home music system with the best music streaming solution.”

“Given our early success, with over 200,000 new users in the first few months since launch, making the service available globally is a natural next step to satisfy the unmet needs of audio enthusiasts across all markets.”

Related: Sonos Play:1 review

Deezer surveyed its Deezer Elite listeners, and found that 65 per cent of users would ‘never go back to MP3’.

It also revealed that 91 per cent of users could ‘hear the difference’ between regular and hi-def audio files.

Pricing is yet to be announced, but considering standard Deezer prices up at £9.99, and Deezer Elite in the US marks up at $19.99, the likeliest fee is £19.99.

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