[Update: DMCA takedown?] Popular Deezer downloader Deezloader Remix officially abandoned by developer

Kingshuk De Kingshuk De Jan 30, 2019 Apps, News

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

The music streaming industry is a convoluted place. The age old record companies occupy most of the copyrights, so paying licensing fees to them and building a stable business model out of it afterwards is a hard challenge.

Moreover music and video streaming industries are possibly the worst victims of piracy. The role of digital piracy in the economics is kind of grey and I’m not an expert business analyst to comment on it. Rest assured, there are streaming services everywhere – battling with themselves and the pirates.

Deezer is a French born music streaming service, which is becoming a big player nowadays besides Spotify or Apple Music. They tap on the market of local artists and indie original contents, thus building a steady user base.

Deezer follows the ‘freemium’ model, like Spotify. Interestingly the loopholes inside the free tier were so prominent that pirates quickly started targeting Deezer to ‘rip’ high quality musics without paying a nickel.

Dated back to 2014, there were few warez sites who offered downloading MP3’s directly from Deezer. Official Deezer API is always full of vulnerabilities, and people started to build userscripts, CLI downloaders, local server emulators – even Android/iOS apps to download FLAC or 320 KBPS MP3 files of songs and albums.

With that rampant piracy, Deezer changed their APIs and patched some loopholes. But those were not enough to stop the pirates. The API reversal became a challenge towards the community and multiple forks of the older downloader (commonly referred as ‘Deezloader’) were born.

deezer_deezloader_android

Groups even open sourced the forks: Deezloader Reborn, Deezloader RemasterSMLoaderDeezloader Remix etc. became household names inside the streaming community. ZzMTV (the original author), ExtendLord, ParadoxalManiak, snwflake, m0nster are some prominent members who continued to support and maintain these forks.

A sudden turn of events, as yesterday (29th January) the developer of Deezloader Remix announced that the next update (v4.2.0) would be the final one and subsequently the development will be seized.

deezloader_remix_telegram

Users started speculating about possible DMCA takedown. Subreddits involving with Deezloader maxed out with rumors.

Later the developer posted another message on the Telegram channel and confirmed that no DMCA involvement was there. They wanted to get rid of the unmaintainable codebase. There was another hint about a replacement music downloader service.

deezloader_remix_telegram_no_dmca

The new downloader should support Spotify, Tidal, Google Play Music, Qobuz, including Deezer.

On the community channel he mentioned a new downloader for music, which will support basically all the services worth downloading from for various reasons that you would, such as Spotify, with the Spotify Ripper app, Tidal, with Tidal Media Downloader, Play Music, Qobuz, and of course Deezer. I will post updates on it when he manages to download from those services, but he is already working on the UI! Sadly, Deezloader is dead, and so is this subreddit, oh well

(Source)

Curious to see if this is an actual attempt to decrypt Spotify/Google Play versus basically recording the analog output from playback. Both platforms are more likely to change up their DRM a lot if it’s a decryption.

(Source)

Until Deezer changes their APIs, the current version (including the Android port) should continue to work. Besides, SMLoader devs have no plan to abandon it anytime soon.

Are you *secretly* a music pirate? Let us know. ?

Update

Boom! Believe it or not, DMCA really came up from nowhere and tried to take it down this time.

deezloader_remix_dmca_real

The code hoster (NotABug.org) got the takedown email from Deezer yesterday.

The following link makes available an application which uses illegal methods to bypass
Deezer’s security measures to unlawfully download its music catalogue, in
total violation of our rights and those of our music licensors
(phonographic producers, performing artists, songwriters and composers):

https://notabug.org/RemixDevs/DeezloaderRemix

I therefore ask that you immediately take down the application made available via
the URL above.

There is an ongoing discussion between a representative of the hoster and the developer of Deezloader Remix.

Hi,

This project uses a publicly available API from Deezer to get Tracks information and create a download link to their offical servers

The tracks on their servers are encrypted by “””extremely high level encryption””” that has been cracked many years ago and they don’t bother fixing.

The only thing that could be seen as copyrighted material in this project could be the encryption key, as no tracks and no Deezer Code is directly inside this project.

(Response from RemixDev)

The official repository of Deezloader Remix is still online at the time of reporting.

PiunikaWeb is keeping a tab on the situation.

Update 2 (4th February, 2019)

The takedown notice from Deezer didn’t explicitly mention DMCA anywhere. Moreover they did not return an answer after being queried by NotABug.

We have published another article with the follow up incidents – take a look.

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.