Spotify is releasing the lighter version of its Android app today dubbed Spotify Lite that’s designed for individuals with smaller knowledge plans and older devices. The 10MB application (the main Spotify app can require 100MB) ships with one main new feature: the flexibility to set a data restrict and receive a notification when it’s reached, which is a necessity for individuals who have to be mindful of their data usage.
Using Spotify Lite, listeners may control their music cache and clear it with a tap, if storage is an issue. The app is offered in 36 markets around Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa through Google Play and can work on any system working Android version 4.3 and higher. It gives the same experience as the usual Spotify app. However, it’s optimized for slower connections and those with less data-intensive cell plans.
Apart from the data feature addition, the one other main difference between standard Spotify and its Lite variant seems to be a design change: customers’ libraries on Lite are replaced with favorites, which is where all saved songs and playlists live. Spotify said the app is meant to complement the main Spotify app and that folks should select “whichever fits [them] best.”
Spotify is one of several major tech firms to introduce a lite app. Fb, for example, launched Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, and Instagram Lite. Uber also launched its Lite version. These Lite apps are becoming more popular and critical as tech firms look to develop to creating countries where information connections are slower, and data itself is more precious and expensive.