Boost Spotify music with Equalify

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 18, 2013
Updated • Feb 18, 2013
Music, Music and Video

Spotify is certainly a popular choice when it comes to music streaming services. You can listen to music it makes available on the web or if you prefer a desktop client, use the desktop version instead to tune into the service's vast music database.

When you look at what the client is offering, you will probably notice that it lacks a couple of things that you have come to expect from music applications running on your system. While you can change the volume of songs, skip straight to a specific position in a song or listen to random tunes or repeat your favorite song forever, you do not get access to an equalizer or other music boosting features.

This may not be an issue for some users, but if you listen to specific music genres that benefit from bass for instance or some fine-tuning, then you are left empty handed using the client.

What you can do however is install Equalify, a 10 band equalizer that integrates directly with the Spotify client for Windows (sorry no other operating systems supported right now).

equalify spotify equalizer screenshot

If you have not installed Spotify yet on your system that is the first thing you need to do. Once done, install Equalify which automatically integrates itself into the music client.

When you start Spotify the next time, you will notice the EQ link next to the search form in the application. This link turns the equalizer on or off. A click opens its interface - the one you see above - on the screen. Here you need to click on the on/off button to turn it on. Once you have done that, you can start modifying values, for instance increasing or decreasing bass.

A click on the preset button displays options to load one of the preset configurations or save the current configuration as a new preset. Available presets include bass boost, classical, jazz or vocal enhancements.


Equalify improves Spotify's Windows client for listeners who want more control over the audio. Installation and use should not pose any issues for users as long as the client is installed in the correct Spotify directory on the system. (via)


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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