How to Add a Google Play Music Equalizer (Productivity Tip)

If some of you were to see daily routine, tasks and Trello boards, a lot of you would probably call me a full-time writer. From the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep my keyboard is pretty much going non-stop. Because of this, I’m a huge fan of little productivity tips and music is a big one for me. This is a little off my regular topics, but I’m sure a lot of you listen to music! Check out how to quickly add a Google Play Music equalizer below and spice up your tunes.

Different Music Playlists for Various Writing Tasks

I write and listen to so much music that I even have different playlists for different types of writing tasks. For example, as I’m writing this, I have some quiet Yiruma piano music playing. When I do menial repetitive SEO tasks I tend to crank up the heavy EDM music. There are a lot of interesting studies out there that discuss how music impacts our brains.

Duke University’s Dr. Kevin Labar says that classical music can improve your intellectual performance, but not by raising your IQ. Classical music can produce a calming effect by releasing pleasure-inducing dopamine and inhibiting the release of stress hormones, all of which generates a pleasant mood. “And inducing a pleasant mood,” says Labar, “seems to clarify thinking.” —

For me, intense writing means instrumental music with no lyrics. But it’s interesting because everyone is different. I know some bloggers or even coders that listen to heavy metal non-stop. But either way, I’m a big fan of Google Play Music. I recently migrated over from Spotify and am loving it. I once was an Android and Google hater, but now I can’t seem to get enough of them.

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Let’s take a look at my Google adoption this year alone:

  • Early January I moved everything over to Gmail after having used Office 365 for over eight years
  • My windows phone finally bit the dust and I moved to a Google Pixel phone (amazing by the way!)
  • I left Verizon and migrated over to Google Project Fi. I now pay less than $4/month for my cell phone bill. Really.
  • I ditched Spotify and moved to Google Play Music.

So I guess you could call me a Google fanboy now. But one thing I miss with the Google Play Music app in the browser is there is no equalizer tool. This means you can’t turn up the bass or adjust any of the frequencies. I’m not always at my desktop with my speakers, and so I went looking for a quick way to do this. Check out the great solution I discovered below.

How to Add a Google Play Music Equalizer

After doing a few searches on how to add a Google Play Music Equalizer I stumbled across a great little free Chrome extension called Ears: Bass Boost, EQ Any Audio. As you can see below it’s got a 4.5 out of 5-star rating with over 1,900 reviews.

Ears: Bass Boost, EQ Any Audio!
Ears: Bass Boost, EQ Any Audio!

The great thing about this extension is that you can enable it on a single tab. This means I can just have it run on my Google Play Music session. You can easily adjust levels, save presets, just boost the bass, etc. I’m no audio expert, but the quality seems great to me!

EQ bass in Google Chrome
EQ bass in Google Chrome

And since this is a Chrome extension it automatically syncs with my laptop and other devices so I can run the equalizer on the go with my earbuds. And it works for any audio, not just Google Play Music. You could also use it with YouTube music videos on the go, or all sorts of things! Google Play Music’s mobile app actually does have an equalizer, as seen below. So one day the browser version might also get an equalizer, but for now, the above extension is a great solution.

Equalizer on Google Play Music mobile app
Equalizer on Google Play Music mobile app

Got any other music productivity tips? Let me now below in the comments. Ok, let’s be serious… more bass probably doesn’t increase my productivity lol, but I can dream.

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