Spotify launches lighter android app requiring less data, storage

Lite versions cater to developing countries that have slower internet connections and expensive data
Spotify launches lighter android app requiring less data, storage
Spotify Lite has launched in 36 markets across the Middle East, Africa, Latin American and Asia
By Lubna Hamdan
Tue 09 Jul 2019 09:56 AM

Spotify is the latest tech company to launch a ‘lighter’ android version that requires less storage and data and can be used on older devices.

It is meant to cater to developing countries that have slower internet connections and expensive data, and is now available in 36 markets around the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Spotify Lite requires just 10MB compared to 100MB required for the original Spotify app, and allows users to set a data limit. They are then notified when they have reached their maximum data usage.

Users who are wary of storage can also control their song store and empty it with one tap, as the usual library on Spotify is replaced with favorites on Spotify Lite.

“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,” said Kalle Persson, Senior Product Manager at Spotify. 

The app is available on Google Play and will work on devices running the Android version 4.3 and higher.

Tech companies who have launched their own lite versions include Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Uber.

Spotify launched in Sweden in 2008 and today allows users to discover, manage and share over 50 million tracks for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access features including offline mode, improved sound quality, Spotify Connect and ad-free listening.

The global audio streaming subscription service boasts 217 million users, including 100 million subscribers across 79 markets.

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