[Desktop] Equalizer for the Desktop Version

There should be an Equalizer for the Desktop version of Spotify.


Since Spotify's mobile apps now have an EQ setting, this should be implemented on the desktop version, too!
The EQ should come with various presets but also the ability to save your own custom settings.

Updated on 2018-03-13

Update from 2017-08

Hey Folks!

Thanks to everyone for their contribution to this thread. We really appreciate it. In the interest of full disclosure, we’d like to share with you the status of this request.

After serious consideration, we’ve decided not to introduce an equalizer for the Desktop app at this time. As a result, we’ve marked this idea as Case Closed.

Although we appreciate many of you here would like to see an equalizer on the Desktop app, they are in fact used by a very small subset of listeners overall. We’ve therefore decided to focus our immediate attention and resources on features that have higher engagement at this time.

We may reassess this decision in the future. But, for now, we just wanted to keep everyone in the loop. Rest assured we’re constantly working to implement feature requests you make via the Ideas Exchange.
Thanks for understanding, and please keep those ideas and requests coming! Together we can make Spotify the best it can be.
Casual Listener

At work I'm stuck with terrible headphones, I need to be able to boost the bass to hear the music properly. The fact that they let us use Spotify at work is the biggest reason I signed up for a paid subscription.


I'd like to add the the chorus of people asking for this, as everyone else has said its a pretty fundamental part of any music application and impacts my enjoyment of the service. 

Casual Listener
Nobody will buy an EQ plus headphone amplifier to work around Spotify's
lack of basic audio controls.

I am leaning strongly toward getting an iTunes subscription, because of


This advanced equalizer should be a must for Spotify. Sure that many people still use Itunes or other streaming platforms instead of Spotify because of that!

I hope you are already working on that and soon we will have this available.



Get that equilizer on the desktop version of Spotify it is a need sooooo much.


This is ridiculous that devs approve a mobile equalizer but not a desktop equalizer.  Why don't they realize features need to be implemented across all platforms?  Absolutely ridiculous; I'm really just waiting for Apple Music to improve their music-saving UI before I ditch Spotify for good.


There is a comment earlier about this, but I'm posting just because it is the best free way to solve this issue. It's a Windows-integrated systemwide EQ. This is seriously by far the best way to use EQ in Windows.


For those who aren't familiar with Equalizer APO, it is probably the only free way to easily apply EQ changes system-wide on Windows (I've looked a lot).



This is the link for Equalizer APO



This is the link for the Peace custom GUI



You could use the built-in Configuration Editor as well but it's much more clunky (and non-resizable - it's tiny!) After installing Equalizer APO, restart your computer. Then drag the Peace application into Program Files>EqualizerAPO>config. Then run Peace and you'll have your EQ.


Anyone who feels they need a spotify equaliser probably needs to improve their music playing hadware - eg external DAC*, better amp and speakers/headphones. Equalisers are not really part of any audiophile hifi set up - the best quality amplifiers don't even have bass or treble controls, just volume. Having said that I think that spotify should implement an equaliser for those who, for whatever reason, are stuck with less than optimal music playing hardware.


* A usb stick sized external DAC is a really worthwhile purchase as it can be carried around and plugged into whatever computer you listen to music/spotify on during the day. 


This is insane and it still baffles me that after nearly 3 years of seeing requests for this, it gets put under "not right now." Not quite sure what the purpose of a community is if you don't listen to their requests? I've been using Apple Music instead, which iTunes has had an equalizer for years, if not forever. I was a happy Premium customer for over 2 years and have since canceled my subscription. No plans to return after seeing this. Extremely disappointed. 

Casual Listener

I can't understand why such basic feature is not available in the desktop version of Spotify. All video, music or media players have it.


Each time I want to listen to some music with Spotify, I have to fiddle with the sound card settings to access the equalizer, and when I've finished using Spotify I have to go back in the sound card settings again to deactivate the equalizer. That's ridiculous.

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