You can’t accuse Spotify of standing still, as there’s always something new in the works. The latest is the introduction of a Lite version of its smartphone app specifically designed for countries with limited bandwidth and phone storage. The software is only around 10MB where the full Spotify Android app is around 100MB.
The free download offers similar features to the full version when it comes to searching for and playing music on demand, listening to playlists, and sharing with others. It also allows users to set data limits and will send an alert when that cap is reached. If you’re running low on storage, Spotify Lite also allows you to control your cache and clear it with a single tap. It’s compatible with any device running Android version 4.3 or higher.
There are some secondary functions that you lose though, like Car View, gapless playback, crossfade and Canvas, which loops full-screen animations in the Now Playing screen for more popular artists and tracks. That said, these features may not be missed much in the countries that Spotify Lite is aimed at. The good part is that some of these features, while nice, also waste battery, which can be a precious commodity when you’re far from a charging appliance.
The Spotify Lite app was launched in Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vietnam. It can be also used alongside the full app in situations where bandwidth is more robust.
You won’t find the app in the Google Play Store in the United States though. This is just for countries where bandwidth may be limited in either part or throughout the entire area.