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...
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
Works … just barely
I listen to podcasts on my iPhone at 2x and I was looking to emulate that functionality on iTunes. This app works for that purpose …. errr…. kinda. A few things I have noticed: First, when I am listening at a faster speed, it almost sounds like the audio is playing twice in very quick succession. It is not smooth the way that things sound on iOS. Second, if I start opening settings dialogues (or whatever) in iTunes while I’m listening then the audio will keep skippng back by a few seconds for no reason.
I say two starts because at the end of the day, the app works … but just barely.