Many South Africans might be more familiar with ‘lite’ application services from the likes of Facebook and Twitter, and now music streaming giant Spotify has offered its own lightweight contender with the arrival of (the aptly named) Spotify Lite.
With the view of being far less data-intensive than its mainstream (get it?) counterpart, Spotify Lite takes up less than 10MB of storage space, and enables users to set data usage limits with notification tracking to ensure that they don’t surpass a budgeted amount of their bandwidth cap.
The app will likely be ideal for Spotify subscribers who aren’t perpetually tethered to a wireless hotspot, and might even find a place on car dashboards where frequent drivers will be able to enjoy their music on-the-go without having to worry about depleting their active mobile data bundle.
Presiding over the news, Spotify’s senior product manager Kalle Persson offered that “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”.
The arrival of the app marks an important occasion; Spotify is now the first of the major music streaming services (amongst Apple Music, Google Play Music / YouTube Music, Deezer, and others) to target audiences in territories with limited connectivity or specialized bandwidth requirements with a purpose-built app.
The service will likely form a key part of Spotify’s growing user-base in the near future, and will hopefully both enable the firm to reach new subscribers who might otherwise have not opted into the service, and allay data fears amongst South African users who already use the popular music streaming service.
Spotify Lite can be downloaded from the Google Play Store on smartphones running Android 4.3 or above.
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