A few days ago Spotify announced the release of Spotify Lite for Android (4.1 or higher), a reduced version of its main application following a first test in 2018 that was not really conclusive.
The basic idea of this application is to offer the same music experience to everyone, regardless of their network connectivity, their data plan and the age of the phone’s captain.
It uses less space on the phone (10 MB instead of 100), less data and fewer batteries to optimize performance, making it ideal for older devices and operating systems.
Interesting little tricks: you can set a maximum limit for the size of the data consumed and be notified when it is exceeded, or clear the cache with a single click. No more surprises because you fell asleep while letting the music play.
Therefore, Spotify is trying to improve its presence in areas where it is limited by the above criteria. Especially in countries where network coverage or bandwidth is not always optimal and/or the phones are not state-of-the-art.
But the app does not sacrifice the main features of its big sister, as you can still search and listen to your favorite songs and artists, bookmark them, share them with others, discover new music, enjoy playlists specially designed for you, etc. For you, Final Fantasy soundtracks!
What has disappeared, however, is the standard application library. Spotify Lite can be downloaded separately and used in conjunction with the main Spotify application or independently of it, regardless of whether the user is premium or not. It is currently available on Google Play in 36 countries, mainly in South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The complete list of interested countries : Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, India.
Apart from the addition of the data console function, the only other big difference I see between the Spotify standard and its Lite variant seems to be a change in design: the user libraries are replaced by the favorites, where all recorded tracks and playlists are stored.
If you live in one of the countries where Lite is available don’t hesitate to tell me what you think and if it’s really convenient for you, I’m curious to know!