Spotify Lite, a slimmed-down version of the original app which only takes up 10MB of storage, has launched in 36 countries.
Spotify has officially launched its streamlined version of its app, Spotify Lite, in 36 countries around the world. After being quietly introduced in Brazil last year, the streaming giant has now released the version to a number of other countries. The Lite version only takes up 10MB of storage on a mobile device, as opposed to the standard version which comes in at around 85MB. Spotify also claims that it will save users’ data and battery on their smartphones and tablets.
Designed for less powerful mobiles phones, Spotify Lite is landing primarily in countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, where low-cost phones are more popular.
Other features on the new app include allowing users to set a monthly mobile data cap, with users able to choose between 250 MB, 500 MB, 750 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, and 3 GB. It has the potential to save user’s battery power by removing features from the full version including the Spotify Connect option. Lite will also limit the quality of audio streaming, and the search function will only provide links to albums and playlists
Senior Product Manager at Spotify, Kalle Persson, was quoted on Spotify’s website in a post announcing the Lite app: “Spotify Lite was built from the ground up based on user feedback from around the world, allowing millions more to enjoy the world’s best music experience — especially in areas with limited bandwidth and phone storage.””
According to the website, Lite can be downloaded separately, both for Free and Spotify Premium users, and used either alongside or independently from the main Spotify app on all Android phones running version 4.3 or higher.