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I want to play videos in iTunes faster (1x, 2x, double speed, etc.) or maybe slower. How do I do that?

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Right click on the file in iTunes and choose "Show in Finder." Then right click the file and open in Quicktime Player. In Quicktime Player you can choose the playback speed by using the A/V Controls (Command + K or Window>A/V Controls). From there, you can select the playback speed:

A/V Controls - QT Player

Alternatively, you could use VLC or another music player.

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And yes, it's annoying that you can trivially do this on an iPod/iPhone but not in iTunes. –  geekosaur Apr 11 '12 at 0:22
@geekosaur I know! –  daviesgeek Apr 11 '12 at 0:22
thanks this is what was looking for –  user55341 Aug 18 '13 at 21:16
The Quicktime solution works with Quicktime 7, which is still available for download, as of 8/2014. It does not work with Quicktime 10. –  user87872 Aug 16 '14 at 3:18
@geekosaur how does one accomplish this on an iPhone/iPod? –  ProductionValues Mar 1 at 8:25
  1. Right click on the iTunes playlist and click Show in Finder
  2. Right click on the content in Finder and click Open with Quicktime player.
  3. While watching the video/movie press Command and then right arrow or left arrow to increase or decrease playback speed, respectively.
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The Cmd+K shortcut no longer works in Lion or Mavericks.

Please see a post about increasing the playback speed in Quicktime.

The double arrow allows for integer increases in playback speed.

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Cmd+K does not work (you can't get to any settings menu), but Cmd+arrows does work with Yosemite. But the next fastest speed seems about 2x, which is hard to listen to.

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