Spotify’s Lite app is now official. The app has been in beta since last year, and now Spotify is officially releasing it in 36 countries worldwide.
The app is designed to work on uneven or weak internet connections and, at simply 10MB, it’s small enough to provide to lower-end gadgets which have restricted storage or older phones. Spotify Lite is restricted to Android gadgets running version 4.3 or newer, and it’s open to each paying and non-paying customers. For those fearful about maxing out their data plan, the app comes with a non-obligatory restrict that may inform you if you end up near hitting that buffer.
Spotify claims that 90 % of the options of the main app can be found in Lite, specifical areas around multiple — including video and cover artist — are excluded as they aren’t important to the core experience.
A spokesperson advised TechCrunch that, as of now, there aren’t any plans to deliver the Lite experience to iOS. That is sensible as the bulk of people that would profit from the stripped-down experience could be Android house owners.
India is more likely to be a key focus. Spotify launched Lite in India in June, months after the full service went live in the country in February.
The overall aim here is to increase Spotify’s reach beyond the current consumer base by specializing in rising markets or older customers. The company at present claims 217 million customers, of which 100 million are paying clients. For comparison, Apple Music passed 60 million users in June.