Sunday, February 12, 2012

Double Speed mp3 playback: iPhone, iPod Touch

Podcast Speed and Rewind on an iPhone « Palmtopman's Blog

iPhone and iPod Touch have a useful (some would call it 'insanely great')
feature to be able to playback audio files on 2x and 1/2 speed,
with same 'pitch' of the voice, just faster of slower.

Some other mp3 players can speed up, but sound gets distorted,
sounds like chipmunk or Donald Duck.

As usual with Apple products, this feature works as 'auto-magic'
based on metadata ('info') of the file,
so mp3 files need to have a flag that is a podcast or audio book.
This is not always the case for mp3 files, and iTunes can help.

forum @SuperUser get my mp3 lectures to play at double speed on iPhone (and iPod Touch)
iTunes uses to tell whether the file is a podcast or audiobook is a setting in:
"File-> Get Info-> Options tab-> Media Kind"
Set that to podcast or audiobook and voila,
iPhone will give you the option of 2x speed.
This is great, because you can select a bunch of tracks
and change the whole lot with a few clicks.

Microsoft has also added similar feature to Silverlight 5,
that is for now only available on 'standard' Windows,
not not yet on Windows Phone 7.x.
Too bad that Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 'Metro' interface
will not support plugins, including Silverlight...

Think different

Think different, Apple Computers 1997

The voiceover was by Richard Dreyfuss.

"Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.

They're not fond of rules,
and they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them.

About the only thing you can't do is ignore them
because they change things.
They push the human race forward.

And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough
to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do


Never aired version with Steve Jobs narration.