Yes, the “lite” suffix on any name or product means that the “lite” version is meant for entry-level devices. Well, that’s not really the case for the Spotify Lite. It is made for those who are data-conscious, especially for Spotify Free users.
Though, this is where things get a little weird. The Spotify Lite and the standard Spotify app both work with premium accounts – and with that, you can download playlists for offline listening as well.
The biggest difference here is the ability to choose what quality you want the music to be streamed and saved. Also, it displays an estimated file size of the songs. The highest quality is about 5~10MB. Not quite a big deal for high-end smartphones but definitely an issue for smartphones that only has 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.
This new Spotify Lite version of the app is also made for those who has limited internet bandwidth. There is an option in the settings menu that you can actually set hard limits on how much data Spotify Lite can use.
Spotify is currently available in these countries currently:
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- South Africa
These are developing countries and has limited internet bandwidth. Malaysia is here as well – because of how our 4G isn’t particularly widespread or affordable throughout the entire country. Seriously, even Unifi isn’t available in all of Malaysia.
Though honestly for me, I don’t know why this exists in the first place – especially for Premium users who have downloaded the music. Though the one big feature that I do see myself using is to limit my data usage while I am roaming in other countries. Else, nothing much.