Spotify launches the lighter version of its Android app today – called Spotify Lite – designed for people with smaller data plans and older devices. The 10MB app (the largest Spotify app may require 100MB) ships with a great new feature: the ability to set a data limit and receive a message once it's reached, a necessity for people aware of their data usage.
Using Spotify Lite, listeners can also control their song cache and clean it with a tap if storage is a problem. The app is available in 36 markets around Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa via Google Play and will work on any device running Android version 4.3 and later. It offers the same experience as the usual Spotify app, but is optimized for slower connections and those with less data intensive cell schedules.
Apart from the data function, the only other main difference between standard Spotify and its Lite variant seems to be a design change: Lite user libraries are replaced with favorites where all saved songs and playlists live. Spotify says the app is intended to complement the primary Spotify app and that people should choose "what fits [them] best."
Spotify is one of several great technology companies that introduce a small app. For example, Facebook launched Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite and Instagram Lite. Uber also launched its own Lite version. These Lite apps are becoming more popular and critical, as technology companies appear to expand into developing countries where data connections are slower and the data itself is more precious and expensive.