It seems the option to enable double, normal, or half speed playback is gone from the Music app on iPads running iOS 5.
Anyone ran into this? Workarounds?
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I wish I knew the answer. Mine has defaulted to half speed. :(
I do have a workaround you might be interested in though. After muh searching, I found an app called SpeedUp Player, which lets you set a playback speed between 0.5x and 2.5x. It's not perfect, but it does the job as a temporary fix.
For the audiobook and/or podcast in question, open up it's information box and click the "Options" button. In this section make sure the "Media Kind" is set to eiter "Audiobook" or "Podcast". iTunes relies solely on this paramater to know what playback features will be available for the media file in question. Playback speed options are only enabled for items marked as either of these two categories.
Updated: Here's a screen capture of my iPad running iOS 5.1