For old Android phones with limited storage and a small data plan, or anyone who wants a lighter Spotify experience that’s kinder to your battery.
Spotify is today opening itself up to a much wider audience by launching a Lite version of its app for Android users.
Spotify Lite is focused on catering to older phones and anyone with only a small data allowance each month. The app weighs in at just 10MB and is compatible with any device running Android 4.3 or higher. The user experience is greatly simplified while still offering access to millions of songs, and it can be used alongside the main Spotify app with support for both free and Spotify Premium users.
Kalle Persson, Senior Product Manager at Spotify, explains, “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.”
If your phone contract only includes a small amount of data, Spotify Lite caters to that with the ability to set a data limit for your music listening. When the limit is reached the app pops up a notification to ensure you don’t exceed it and incur some unwanted additional charges. Spotify also made it easy to clear your cache, which is very useful on a device with limited storage.
The focus is on offering Spotify Lite in markets where older phones and data limits are commonplace. 36 markets have access to it from today spread across Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. However, the app also seems to be available to US and European Android users.