Frequent readers might have noticed that I am an obsessive podcast listener.
About a year or so ago Apple upgraded the software on my iPod to enable me to listen to podcasts and audiobooks at double and half playback speeds. I really like this feature, since I can absorb twice the information in the same amount of time. However, I have two questions. The first is rather mundane and the second I find more intriguing more interesting.
Question One: Why can I only do this directly through the iPod and not when listening through iTunes? Or am I missing this feature? The button to enable this mode is very prominent on the iPod, but I have not seen one in iTunes.
Question Two: I usually use double speed playback mode when listening to podcasts, especially interviews, since they are typically more slowly paced than programs which are pre-scripted. When I play back at high speed while listening through headphones I have little trouble keeping up. But when I play the same file back at the same speed through speakers, either on my desk or in my car, I have to really concentrate to be able to keep pace. Why would there be a difference between headphones and speakers?