Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez recently told an interviewer, "We are looking for a partner in the U.S., maybe an operator or a blue-chip company, that is able to provide us with a significant volume of subscribers," and said his company has already opened discussions with potential American partner firms.
The Wall Street Journal reports Dauchez is concerned by the U.S. music streaming market's "unbelievably high" entry costs (as well as a marketplace that already includes Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Xbox Music, MOG, and others).
The Paris-based on-demand music subscription service Deezer just began offering a limited free ad-supported service for desktop listening (no mobile) in more than 150 countries. Deezer is partly owned by Access Industries, Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik's company that owns Warner Music Group. Deezer raised $130 million in fall.
Read more in The Wall Street Journal here.