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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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Even if you do the work-around in Quicktime, fill out a quick Product Feedback with Apple letting them know you want the feature in iTunes on Mac as well, or it will never be fixed! I don't know about you guys, but I've tried the work-around for an audiobook with 400 files, and it was aaawwwwful. – user132243 Jun 17 '15 at 0:58
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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 '15 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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Cmd+arrows just skips or changes volume for me. – Ash Sep 20 '15 at 16:35

Folks, you can download Quicktime Player 7, which is for Snow Leopard or later Mac OS, and works with older media files (as well as current ones, it seems). It has the variable speed functionality you're seeking.

No guarantees this link will work whenever you read this, but it's working now, Nov 2015:

(Why Apple removed this functionality from Quicktime, who knows.)

Once installed, then play the audio file by first locating it in Finder, and use CMD-click to "open with" Quicktime Player 7. Voila.

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Works for me on Lion or Mavericks:

  • CMD+OPTION+ (right arrow) for 1,1x

  • CMD+(right arrow) for 2x

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