Spotify Lite launches in Philippines, 35 other countries

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 09 2019 03:23 PM

MANILA - Music streaming service Spotify said Tuesday it launched a "lite" version of its popular app in the Philippines and 35 other countries.

The Spotify Lite app is a smaller and more simplified version of the original app, the company said, but it also has "a few extra features making it ideal for older devices and operating systems," the company said on its website.

The new app uses less storage, data, and battery to optimize performance, the company said.

Spotify Lite, which is available on Google Play, has a file size of just 10MB, compared to the original app which is 28MB. This makes it easier to install and load on older devices, the company said.

The new app also allows users to set a data limit and get a notification when this cap is reached. Users who don't have a lot of storage space on their phones can also control their cache, and clear it with a single tap.

“Spotify Lite was built from the ground up based on user feedback from around the world, allowing millions more to enjoy the world’s best music experience — especially in areas with limited bandwidth and phone storage,” said Kalle Persson, senior product manager at Spotify.

Spotify said Lite can be downloaded separately, both for Free and Spotify Premium users, and used either alongside or independently from the main Spotify app.

Spotify Lite can be run on all Android phones running version 4.3 or higher, it said. The company said it's also looking to have a n iOS version.

Social media networks Facebook and Twitter also released lite versions of their apps in the past to address user concerns.