If you own a Pocket PC and listen to podcasts, there is something you’ve got to try. In our world of too much to do in not enough time, I have found a way to decrease the time it takes me to listen to podcasts. Here’s what I’m doing: I’ve installed betaplayer on my Pocket PC and download the MP3 file for the podcast I am interested in to my SD card. In betaplayer, I go into the “Options” menu and adjust the playback speed to 120% or 150% (as high as I can go and still follow the conversation).
It’s an awful lot like listening to Mickey Mouse do a podcast, but when I crank the speed up to 150%, I can listen to a 40 minute podcast in about 27 minutes! I have learned to look past the funny voices and now that I have been doing this for a while, the standard playback speed sounds way too slow!
So give it a try and let me know what you think…
Note: If you listen to podcasts from your PC (which I occasionally do as background noise while I work), Windows Media Player 10 has variable playback speed capability and will allow you to do the same thing.