Spotify tests data-saving ‘Lite’ mobile app in Brazil


We’ve written about the data-saving apps launched for emerging markets by the likes of YouTube and Facebook, with Instagram also now testing the idea. Now you can add another digital service to the list: Spotify.

The ‘Spotify Lite’ app has gone live in Android’s Google Play store as a beta, which Music Ally understands is so far being tested in Brazil only.

“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,” explains its app-store listing. One of the app’s features is a ‘Cellular Data’ tracker, showing how much data the app has used in the last month, and enabling users to set a monthly limit of between 250MB and 3GB.

“It is lacking important features like offline listening and a option to select sound quality,” wrote one of the first reviewers, which suggests that some of Spotify’s premium features are missing for now.

After tech site UberGizmo reported on the app, Spotify provided Music Ally with this statement: “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.”

Stuart Dredge

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