French streaming music site Deezer is to reduce its free model down to five hours of free listening per month, according to a piece in French publication La Tribune. Deezer, which currently has 20 million users overall, has managed to attract 1.2 million subscribers to the paid model it launched in November 2009. The new version features Facebook synchronisation and is being touted as “five times faster”. All the major labels are on board except Universal, which La Tribune reports as wanting to limit repeat plays to five times per track (in line with Spotify’s new free service, which has the same rule but with a 10 hour limit per month.) French-owned telecoms giant Orange has taken an 11% stake in Deezer plus the assets of Orange’s streaming service WorMee. Spotify is reported to have forged an alliance with mobile company SFR.

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