Deezer, which only recently began making a play for the US market, claims 16M active users in 180 countries, 5M of whom are paid subscribers. It traces its origins back to France.
It says it can offer 35M music tracks and more than 35K radio programs and podcasts.
Stitcher is said to carry eight of the top ten programs and features from more than 12K content providers, including including NPR, BBC, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, This American Life, Marc Maron, CBS Radio News and others.
“Almost every music listener listens to some form of talk radio, whether it is news, entertainment or sports,” said Daniel Marhely, Founder of Deezer. “We see the ability to deliver better talk streaming solutions in the same way that we are doing in music to super serve the needs of our global audience of 16 million users and growing. The acquisition of Stitcher helps us realize this opportunity.”
“Deezer has become a market leader by meeting the different and unmet needs of music consumers around the world,” said Noah Shanok, Chief Executive Officer of Stitcher. “We look forward to continue to evolve our leading offerings and deliver the most complete and best digital audio experience for listeners everywhere.”