Spotify Is Workshopping a Space-Saving Lite Version

Spotify
Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Spotify app shown on an iPhone on June 18, 2018. 

Spotify Has a Space-Saving Lite Version Available in Brazil

Spotify has rolled out a beta version of a ‘Lite’ app for Android, which is currently only available in Brazil. According to the app’s listing Google Play Store, the most recent version has been available since June 27.

The description on the web store explains that "with Spotify Lite, you can play millions of songs, for free. The Spotify Lite app is small, so you'll save space on your phone, and save data when using it on the go."

Android Police reported that the app only uses 15MB of storage. By comparison, the main version of the Spotify app uses around 100MB. However, this 85 percent reduction in storage comes at the cost of several key features. Most notably, users are not able to pick specific songs and must instead listen on shuffle mode -- even premium subscribers. There is also no option for offline listening, or connecting to other wireless devices.

So far, it is unclear what the future is for Spotify Lite. A spokesperson from the company said, “At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve our user experience. Some of those tests end up paving the path for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning. We aren’t going to comment on specific tests at this time.”

THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.