Why isn't there an equalizer for desktop?

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Why isn't there an equalizer for desktop?

ethanoll
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Why hasn't such a common feature been added to the desktop version of Spotify? For a service I pay to hear good music from, I'm very disappointed. 

 

No, I'm not about to pay for another equalizer to do such a simple job, and no, I cannot use the windows equalizer. I just want better sounding music for bad headphones.

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Hi all,

So, it appears that two and a half years ago (8/2017), Spotify decided to NOT include an equalizer in the Desktop app (including PC, Mac and Linux) like is included with mobile versions (Apple and Android)...

Per the message that 'closed' the idea, "we’ve decided not to introduce an equalizer for the Desktop app at this time": Can the "Case Closed" be reopened?

I recently 'turned' to Spotify and have it on both my Win10 and Linux Mint boxes... I'd much rather 'tune' the output within Spotify than trying to adjust 'system settings' for every other app that plays sounds.

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dennyelvis
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I agree entirely, I recently upgraded to a new Sound bar with Sub that has built in EQ! That solved my Spotify sound issues. If you use Cans a lot why not get some with EQ built in? I bought some recently at a reasonable price, so maybe until Spotify get it together it's an alternative?

katfa
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Been waiting for this feature since Spotify came out!

Katerina
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Hey there @ethanoll, @dennyelvis and @katfa,

 

Thanks for posting about this here in the Community!

 

At the moment, there's no built-in equalizer in the desktop app - you can find more info about this in this idea.

 

However, you can read more in this Spotify Answer on how to use the equalizer on the desktop app if you have an audio device that has access to it. 

 

Let us know how this goes! Don't hesitate to give us a shout if there's anything else we can help with.

 

Have a lovely day 🙂

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Hi all,

So, it appears that two and a half years ago (8/2017), Spotify decided to NOT include an equalizer in the Desktop app (including PC, Mac and Linux) like is included with mobile versions (Apple and Android)...

Per the message that 'closed' the idea, "we’ve decided not to introduce an equalizer for the Desktop app at this time": Can the "Case Closed" be reopened?

I recently 'turned' to Spotify and have it on both my Win10 and Linux Mint boxes... I'd much rather 'tune' the output within Spotify than trying to adjust 'system settings' for every other app that plays sounds.

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SlappinTheBass
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It's not ideal, but what I did on Win10 was right click the audio icon in the system tray>open volume mixer>headphones and under enchancements used bass boost and turned loudness equalization all the way right (long), and selected windows sonic under the spatial sound tab. It's not perfect, but it's better.

user-removed
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Thanks for the reply. I can also change my system settings to enhance Spotify and then have to change them back for other applications that don't have a built-in equalizer... where with a lot of applications (games, etc.), I can modify the settings within the application so I don't HAVE to change the system settings.
My main 'issue' was that after 2 and a 1/2 years, there doesn't seem to be any progress... and your reply was the only one so far, so it appears it is still a 'dead' issue as far as Spotify is concerned... guess they're more focused on the mobile apps and that's where the revinue is...

NoEqualizerWTF
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Unacceptable.

Vleugelssimon
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Seriously? iTunes 1 (yes, that was MacoOS X 10.0) back in past eras had an EQ built-in, Windows Media Player has one as long as I can remember, and the latter even comes with a time-stretching function as standard these days which has been a pretty complex technology until a few years ago. An EQ shouldn't be too complex to implement or too costly for one of the leaders in an industry that's been steadily growing since day 1, and is expected to continue to do so for quite while to come. An EQ can propably even be bought off-the-shelf. Am I a less important customer? Disappointing.

SVO
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This answer is misleading "However, you can read more in this Spotify Answer on how to use the equalizer on the desktop app if you have an audio device that has access to it. " 

 

Go read it to find that there is NO SOLUTION OFFERED OR IDENTIFIED for either Windows or OS X.  If you are effectively going to tell us to go pound sand I would appreciate being told clearly and directly rather than have my time wasted being sent to another solution-less page.

 

So very Apple-ish to have amazing resources and yet still fail to provide foundational features.

Rim4
Music Fan

https://sourceforge.net/projects/peace-equalizer-apo-extension/ is probably your best bet right now.
However it's not possible to limit to Spotify.

Xenia
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Hey there folks,

 

Thanks for the feedback - we appreciate it!

 

We're often testing things by adding or removing features to make Spotify better overall. We’re sorry if this means you’re not able to use the app as you'd like.

 

We always aim to improve, so we’ll get this passed on to the right team.

 

If you have any questions we're always one reply away 🙂

 

Cheers!

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eglinski
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This is a huge pain point for me, as equaliser apps run buggy on macOS and I have been struggling to find a solution to the punchiness of my speakers. The post requesting an equaliser for desktop has over 5,700 likes while the one for mobile is 5,100 so you would think this is at least equally or more requested. PLEASE ADD THE EQUALISER TO DESKTOP

NanceEQ
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Is the EQ in the windows10 app yet?

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Hey @NanceEQ,

 

Thanks for posting here.

 

Currently there's no built-in equalizer in the desktop app. 

 

We always strive to improve our app and the experience with it and we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. We'll make sure to pass it on to the right team.

 

You can also add your +Vote to this idea and Subscribe to the thread so you can stay up-to-date with any relevant news about this as the suggestion could be reassessed in the future.
 

The Community is here for you if there's anything else!
 

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