Spotify on Tuesday has launched its "Lite" version app for the Indian market that is just 10MB in size and helps people control data and storage on low-end Android smartphones and in areas with poor Internet connectivity.
With Spotify Lite, users in India would be able to search and play favourite songs and artistes, save them, share with others, discover new music and enjoy playlists with extra features for older devices and operating systems, the company said in a statement.
Lite can be downloaded separately, both for free and Spotify Premium users, and used either alongside or independently from the main Spotify app on all Android phones running version 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher.
We’ve been using the Beta version of the Lite app for few weeks now, and the overall usage experience has been quite good.
The app lets you keep a track of the music getting loaded onto your account, and how much of it has been allocated for storing music, and how much of free space is available to you.
In terms of differentiating from the main app, with Spotify Lite, users can clear the cache for better reception in slow network, and also lets you deleted all the downloaded content from the app, as and when required.
You also put a monthly limit to the amount of mobile data consumed by the app, in order to make sure the user doesn’t run out of data bandwidth for other internet stuff.
In addition to all this, the Lite app offers the user the option to select the audio quality on which the tracks should be downloaded. The basic bandwidth required for a song ranges from basic (at 500KB) to very high (5 to 10MB).
As far as the design of the app is concerned, there’s very little to differentiate from the main app, offering continuity for the user, in terms of their experience of using the platform.
You can search for all the content available on Spotify, find your downloaded collection in Favourites and find the tracks you play recently at the top of the main page.
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