On the iPhone I can speed up the playback of podcasts to 2x.
Is there a way to do the same in iTunes?

  • What platform are you on, Mac or Windows? – nohillside Jun 27 '12 at 20:49

This is not natively possible in the Mac version of iTunes (nor Windows for the matter). You don’t mention if you have OS X or Windows. If you have the former, you have two choices:

1) If the podcast is an MP3 file, you can convert the file to an AAC file in iTunes (with an extension of m4a.) and then change the extension to m4b; the file becomes an audiobook which can be played faster if I am not mistaken.

2) Another alternative is to hear it in Quicktime, which has speed controls: Right click the file in iTunes and choose "Show In Finder”. Option-click the file (right click) and select “Open With…”, select QuickTime. Once in Quicktime option-click the "Accelerate" button to change the playback speed.


  • How did you highlight the pause button and do the circle on the next/accelerate butotn on the image? It's brilliant! :D – JFW Nov 22 '10 at 11:01
  • @JFW Meet skitch.com for the “circle/arrow/text”. The Highlight is a courtesy of Apple Inc. that decided to add that feature automatically on Quicktime X ;) – Martin Marconcini Nov 22 '10 at 12:35
  • I now tried both methods. For the audiobook I didn't find a way to play it faster. The solution with Quicktime works but it seems to be even faster than 2x. – Turismo Nov 25 '10 at 7:51
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    Hold Option and click Accelerate to get 1.1x, 1.2x, 1.3x, ... Intuitive really! – Matt Jul 18 '16 at 9:11

There is a Mac menubar app, that allows you to change the playback speed in iTunes. http://wetfish.de/


The way I did it was (windows 7 not sure how it would work on mac) copy and paste the podcast from itunes into my doccuments and then open the podcast in VLC (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html) i assume there is a download for Mac as well. VLC has speed controls and plays every type of file as far as im aware. Under the playback options it has a speed setting.

NB VLC also good for vidoes with out of sync A/V as has sync settings.


You can use Winamp or Windows Media Player and the Chronotron plugin to change tempo or pitch.

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    Welcome to Ask Different! Can you add a little detail to this? Where can we get the plugin and how can we use it to change pitch? Please take a look at the FAQs for more info. Thanks. – Nathan Greenstein Jun 26 '12 at 23:05

Soundforge nits free and it will change tempo without changing pitch. It works well.

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    Can you add a little more detail (e.g. a link for that tool)? Seems Google is not my friend here as it only brings up a tool that is not free. – Turismo Nov 25 '10 at 8:08
  • Yes, please add more detail to your answer. – daviesgeek Feb 1 '12 at 6:00
  • I think they meant it's a free trial... that or they downloaded a warez hacked version on torrents. – Jason Cramer Jan 25 at 18:53

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