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I have signed up for Spotify premium for a while now, but am seriously thinking about just dumping the whole thing if I can't get this to work properly. Why would I continue to pay $120 a year for something that doesn't work right?
I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge- just bought in October. When I tried to use Spotify, the volume was inaudible on my bluetooth speakers. So I downloaded a volume booster called Speaker Boost Pro. The thing is, it works fine for bluetooth audio (I can hear the clicks of my phone over the speakers as I navigate thru the apps) and it works fine with Soundcloud. It doesn't work properly with Spotify. Here's what happens:
Starting a song with the Speaker Boot will work, as long as I DON'T change the song. Then the volume reverts back to inaudible levels. Also, the volume will randomly drop, even when I don't change the currently playing song to a new one. Then I can't get the volume booster to work, unless I restart the phone and then reopen my Bluetooth connection and reopen Spotify again. This takes a couple of minutes and is aggravating. So my questions are:
What is the official line on using Spotify with volume booster apps (specifically Speaker Boost Pro for Android)?
Why does it seem to work for my phone and other music players, but not Spotify?
I've tried uninstalling Spotify, and then reinstalling the newest version, the older versions from APK 2.8 (I think?), tried uninstalling the volume booster and just playing Spotify without it (back to square one, an it produced predictable low volume), then reinstalled the volume booster (same headaches).
I read turning the EQ off might help, but when I go to the settings, it's not readily apparent to me where the on/off switch is for the EQ. It says "Equalizer" and "Open the control panel" then I get a notice that I should disable it if I experience difficulties, but how? I looked at Sound effects panel, everything's OFF. Back to the main eq screen, it says "Normal" but there's no "disable" function? Clicked on the "details button and nothing there that says "turn me off".
I also noticed that even though I installed the earlier version, it looks like Spotify updated itself to version 4.3, rendering that fix useless.
I'm trying really hard here, but I'm about to give up and cancel my premium subscription. I've attached the APK that I tried to revert to if anyone is interested. Also the Speaker Boost app I am using (the only one that seemed to work for my phone) is at the Google Play store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.omegacentauri.SpeakerBoost&hl=en
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The only definitive answer that I can offer is that Spotify personnel never provide any help or support on this Android subsection of the forum. (They do intervene on the Apple subsection though....)
Regarding your problem, there are occasionally issues that occur due to the specific modifications of Android OS that the device companies install. Example: LG does not permit use of the equalizer function at all in Spotify on some models. And this is due to LG disabling it, not Spotify.
Reason for stating this is that it does sound like something specific to your device (bluetooth inauadible without the speaker boost app, audible only for one track with speaker boost).
I can only suggest:
1. In the Spotify settings, disable the 'Normalize Volume' slider.
2. Try another speaker boost app. There are third party equalizer apps that work with Spotify that also have volume boost functions ( I tried a few on my LG G3)
The app I use is called Speaker Boost
As described in my post above, it is quirky on my phone and I also installed another app that force stops it and restarts it whenever I turn off Bluetooth and restart Bluetooth. It's a workaround for me, but I am able to blast the music loud this way- I can get a good volume boost at 27% with the Speaker Boost app- it is the only one that I found continued success with, so give it a try and let me know if it works for you