Monday, June 19, 2017

Apple’s Music app still doesn’t have a real equalizer

Ah, the Music app. Probably Apple’s most polarizing iOS app when it comes to design. When it was redesigned for Apple Music’s launch in 2015, there were tons of bugs and missing functionality that has since been restored. Kudos to Apple for addressing those many concerns. I still have one gripe, though.

I know a lot of people probably don’t care about having a real 5-band equalizer, but it’s 2017 and still not an option in Apple’s Music app on iOS.

Does anyone actually like the built-in presets for the EQ provided, heralding all the way back to the iPod days? Almost all of them reduce overall volume in a negative way, not to mention they just make your music sound like crap. A few of them have more utilitarian purposes, and that’s understandable (spoken word, bass/treble reducer, etc.), but at least give us the option to set the EQ exactly how we want it.

Ugh, the EQ presets.

Ugh, the EQ presets.

I can’t think of a single reason Apple shouldn’t include a 5-band EQ—hell, at least give us 3-band and I’ll be happy (Bass, Mids, Treble). Most people who don’t want to touch it won’t. They’ll just leave their preset EQ where it is (or off compeletely). Spotify has had a band EQ for quite a while, and I’m seriously jealous.

Spotify’s band portion of their EQ.

Spotify’s band portion of their EQ settings.

Sure, there are a bunch of 3rd-party music apps that have band EQs and will play songs from your iCloud Music Library, but I don’t want a 3rd-party app. Mainly because I’ll lose the ability to ask Siri to play a song in said app, since that is a function reserved only for the Music app. I’ll also lose the custom EQ when playing a song in my car via CarPlay. There’s too many downsides to having to use another app just to tweak the EQ.

With all the little changes we’re getting in iOS 11, I had hoped this would be one. Maybe next year.