By Clemens Schulz
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Speed-Up brings the 2.0x playback button from your iPhone to your Mac. Listen to audio podcasts, songs and iTunes audiobooks at any speed between 0.25x and 3.0x using iTunes.
The app is NOT compatible with AirPlay, video podcasts and Audible audiobooks.
Speed-Up requires iTunes 11.0.3 or later
What's New in Version 1.2.3
- Fixed problem caused by bug in iTunes 11.1
If used for lecture play-back...
This app does what it says it will and it does it effectively. That said, I downloaded this to speed up the play-back of my biochem lectures so I wouldn’t have to sit for an entire hour to re-listen to an entire lecture. However, anything faster than 1.75x is choppy and 2x+ is nearly indistinguishable/inaduible. Again, it works perfectly and effectively but just know that there are limits to its power. I really like that the pictch of the professor doesn’t change with speed increase or decrease (I was worried about havign to listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks at increased speeds). I have also played with my music using this app and have been pleasantly amused with the results… of course the humor I find in messing with my music could be the 2am studying binge speaking...
Does exactly what I wanted it to do,
I really like Speed-Up! Like rvncto said, it is not a separate app, it adds additional features to iTunes, and that’s exactly what I was looking for. I want my podcasts and audiobooks on my Mac’s iTunes to sync with my IOS devices while being able to play them at higher speeds.
I heard a small amount of choppiness at 2.0x, but I didn't hear it at 1.75x. Using Preferences for Speed-Up, it allows you to select any speeds, from .25x to 3.0x to show up on the drop down menu. Also, it lets you select either, Podcasts, Music & Audiobooks, or both, in the Preferences. It also lets you to reset playback speed, or not, when you change songs.
To me, Speed-Up does everything it says it does, and more.
Coming to this app’s defense. It works fine for me.
I have a 2013 mbp. With the latest Yosemite. and iTunes 12.0.1
i see this thing has a lot of 2 and 1 star reviews.
And only one review for the latest version. And that review is a bad one.
However the description of the functionality fits exactly what i wanted to a tee, that I went ahead and risked the 1.99$ anyway.
What i wanted was an addition of functionality to iTunes… not a seperate app.
It works exactly as i expected. Basically it allows me to listen to podcasts (which i have downloaded… not streaming) at 1.5 - 2x speed.
It is not a seperate app. Its just added functionality to Itunes in an extra playback speed.
It is an icon that sits in the task bar (up top) and has a selection of speeds. Thats it. easy peasy.
I don’t notice any of the echoing or reverb other people have noted in reviews of earlier versions