[Update: DMCA takedown?] Popular Deezer Deezloader Remix Downloader Officially Discontinued By Developer
New updates are added at the bottom of this story …….
The music streaming industry is a complicated place. Age-old record companies hold most of the copyright, so paying them license fees and building a stable business model afterwards is a tough challenge.
In addition, the music and video streaming industries are probably the worst victims of piracy. The role of digital piracy in the economy is a little gray and I’m not an expert business analyst to comment on it. Rest assured, there are streaming services everywhere – fighting with themselves and the pirates.
Deezer is a music streaming service born in France, which is become a great player nowadays in addition to Spotify or Apple Music. They tap into the market for local artists and original independent content, creating a stable user base.
Deezer follows the “freemium” model, like Spotify. Interestingly, the loopholes inside the free tier were so big that hackers quickly started targeting Deezer to “rip” high quality music without paying a dime.
Dating back to 2014, few warez sites offered to download MP3s directly from Deezer. The official Deezer API is still full of vulnerabilities, and people have started building user scripts, CLI downloaders, local server emulators – even Android / iOS apps to download FLAC or 320 KBPS MP3 files of songs and albums.
With this rampant hacking, Deezer modified its APIs and fixed some flaws. But that was not enough to stop the pirates. The API reversal became a challenge for the community and several forks of the old downloader (commonly known as “Deezloader”) were born.
Groups have even opened the forks: Deezloader Reborn, Deezloader Remaster, SMLoader, Deezloader Remix etc. have become household names within the streaming community. ZzMTV (the original author), ExtendLord, ParadoxalManiak, snwflake, m0nster are some prominent members who have continued to support and maintain these forks.
A gust of wind, like yesterday (January 29) the developer of Deezloader Remix announced that the next update (v4.2.0) would be the last and thereafter the development will be seized.
Users began to speculate on possible DMCA withdrawal. The subreddits involving Deezloader have reached their peak of rumors.
Later, the developer posted another message on the Telegram channel and confirmed that no DMCA implication was there. They wanted to get rid of the unmaintainable code base. There was another clue about an alternative music download service.
The new downloader is expected to support Spotify, Tidal, Google Play Music, Qobuz, including Deezer.
On the community channel, he mentioned a new music downloader, which will support virtually all services to download for various reasons, like Spotify, with Spotify Ripper app, Tidal, with Tidal Media Downloader, Play Music, Qobuz, and of course Deezer. I will post updates on this when it manages to download from these services, but it is already working on the UI! Sadly Deezloader is dead as is this subreddit, well
Curious to see if this is an actual attempt to decrypt Spotify / Google Play rather than recording the analog output of the playback. Both platforms are more likely to significantly change their DRM if it is a decryption.
Are you * secretly * a music pirate? Let us know. ?
Boom! Believe it or not, DMCA really came out of nowhere and tried to remove it this time around.
The code host (NotABug.org) received the withdrawal email from Deezer yesterday.
The following link provides an application that uses illegal methods to bypass
Deezer’s security measures for illegally downloading its music catalog, in
total violation of our rights and those of our music licensors
(phonographic producers, performers, songwriters and composers):
I therefore ask you to immediately withdraw the application made available via
the URL above.
There is a ongoing discussion between a representative of the host and the developer of Deezloader Remix.
This project uses a publicly available API from Deezer to get track information and create a download link to their official servers
The tracks on their servers are encrypted with “” “very high level” “” encryption which was cracked many years ago and which they do not bother to fix.
The only thing that could be considered copyrighted material in this project could be the encryption key, as no Deezer tracks or codes are directly inside this project.
(Response from RemixDev)
The official repository of Deezloader Remix is still online at the time of the report.
PiunikaWeb is keeping an eye on the situation.
Update 2 (February 4, 2019)
Deezer’s takedown notice did not explicitly mention DMCA anywhere. Also, they did not return a response after being polled by NotABug.
We published another article with tracking incidents – take a look.
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