Spotify is the most recent tech firm to hitch the ‘Lite’ app social gathering after a data-friendly model of its music streaming app surfaced for Android units.
‘Spotify Lite’ — which was first spotted by the eagle eyes at Android Police — is designed to take up much less house on smartphones and to eat much less information, too. That’s significantly necessary for cheaper smartphones, which are likely to have much less reminiscence, and individuals who use metered cell information. In that respect, the app is simply 15MB in measurement, versus 100MB for the primary Spotify app, whereas it additionally tracks the quantity of information the app makes use of every month.
Nonetheless, like most issues in life, there’s a compromise right here… though we will’t fairly make certain precisely what. That’s as a result of the app is being trialed in Brazil solely — powerful luck should you reside elsewhere and need to get it — though Android Police bought maintain of an SDK, which it mentioned reveals the app is devoid of some key options. That apparently contains — or, fairly, doesn’t embody — offline playback and Spotify Join for streaming to different units. It appears like Lite app customers can’t choose particular songs and should as a substitute depend on the shuffle button, even when they’re a Spotify Premium subscriber.
After all, the app is in beta proper now in order that listing of lacking options might change as/when it will get a full worldwide launch. For now, app monitoring agency Sensor Tower suggests Spotify Lite has racked up simply four,000 downloads, so that is very a lot a take a look at deployment.
Right here’s Spotify’s non-committal assertion on the Lite app.
“At Spotify, we routinely conduct a lot of checks in an effort to enhance our person expertise. A few of these checks find yourself paving the trail for our broader person expertise and others serve solely as an necessary studying. We aren’t going to touch upon particular checks right now,” a spokesperson advised TechCrunch.
Spotify Lite isn’t the primary time Spotify has helped its customers save on information consumption. The corporate added a low-data mode to its service in April as a part of a wider product launch focused on bringing more value to its free-tier users. The Lite app may add one other component to draw extra customers, giving Spotify a further aggressive benefit over rivals like Apple Music and Pandora.