Spotify Lite Beta goes live in India after success of music streaming service

Spotify Lite Beta goes live in India after success of music streaming service

Rishabh Pachory

Swedish music streaming service Spotify was launched in India two months back and since then, it has gained a respectable amount of users. This is largely because of the popularity of the application and the fact that it has a massive music library. Now, with the success of the app in mind, the company is offering Spotify Lite in India for low end Android smartphones.

After successful tests in markets including Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, and Brazil, the 10- megabyte sized app which has similar look and feel to the main app is now available in beta for Indian users. Since it is a 'lite' variant of the app, it uses less storage, making it an ideal option for older phones with limited capacity.

When Spotify launched in India two months ago, we had committed to localising the app so that more and more people can listen to music. Spotify Lite Beta is a step in that direction as it enables users to play millions of songs for free, takes up less space on phones, and saves data when used on the go," Amarjit Batra, Managing Director India, Spotify, said on Monday.

"Our ambition is to be available on all platforms that make sense to our users, and make the music streaming experience as seamless as possible," Batra added.

The lighter app can be downloaded separately and can be used either alongside or independently from the main Spotify app. Spotify Lite lets you play your favourite songs and artists on demand, discovers new music, keeps track of storage (has control over cache and ability to clear it), keeps track of data and works on all low-end Android phones in all network conditions.

The app even works when the network is patchy, or when users are struggling with the internet making it the perfect choice for those on the go. Additionally, all of these features are friendly to the low end smartphones and will give you a better experience of the app in general.

The main Spotify app that came to India is February had amassed one million followers within the week of its launch. Spotify, offering more than four crore songs and 300 crore playlists for music fans in the country, is available across 79 markets. Spotify has 207 million active users and 96 million of these users are Spotify Premium subscribers. The platform adds approximately 30,000 new tracks each day, which is commendable to say the least.