Spotify is reportedly testing a beta version of a new Spotify Lite app for Android in Brazil.
Designed to take up less space on devices, the app is 15 megabytes, versus 100 megabytes for the regular version. Also designed to consume less data, there is reportedly a monitor for data usage which allows for a monthly limit of data consumption. The 85 percent reduction in size comes at a cost though.
In analyzing the app, AndroidPolice reports offline playback is unavailable. Additionally, premium Spotify subscribers on mobile do not have access to on-demand streaming. Users only have access to shuffle playlists. There is no extreme quality playback and Spotify Connect—allowing devices to stream wireless audio—is also missing.
In April, Spotify added a low-data mode. Currently, premium subscribers have a data saver mode, defaulting music quality to low, while music quality preferences can be selected to stream from 24kbit/s through 320 kbit/s. In 2006 the company tested Spotify Hopper, with a more recent pared-down radio app Spotify Stations.
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