I just read Steve Pavlina’s blog post on overclocking your audio learning. It was a brilliant blog post about how you can listen to and comprehend any audio program very easily at double the speed. I found this very intriguing because I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and would love to double the amount of audiobooks that I listen to in the same amount of time, thereby doubling the amount of books that I “read.”
So, I gave it a try and LOVED it. Not because I loved the sound of it, but because I could take in the same amount of information in HALF the time! I’m all about being efficient and productive, and this little trick does just that.
Now when listening to audiobooks or podcasts on the iPhone or iPod Touch, all you have to do is hit the playback speed icon in the top right section of the screen as you are looking at the track that you are playing. It’s right under the progress bar.
(Btw, The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz is a GREAT book/audiobook on psychology. I highly recommend you check it out. No matter what level you are at in your life, it will help you get to the next level, because your income is based on your self-image, not on your talent or skill.)
Each time you tap that icon, it will change the playback speed from 1/2 speed, to 1X speed (normal speed), to 2X speed (double speed).
But, what if you have an audiobook in mp3 format, or what if you want to listen to a song at a quicker or slower speed? There’s no icon for adjusting the playback speed when you’re just playing music. The playback speed icon above turns into the SHUFFLE icon (kind of looks like a figure eight turned sideways with arrows), which will play the songs in random order.
So, we have to be a bit creative with mp3 files. Don’t worry. It’s a very simple process.
- In iTunes on your computer, RIGHT-click on the track you want to listen to at a different playback speed
- Select GET INFO
- Click on the OPTIONS tab
- Under MEDIA KIND, select either PODCAST or AUDIOBOOK
- Click OK
If you want to listen to more than one track at a different speed, like with an audiobook, then do that for each track.
Now we’re not done just yet, because when you do this, that track or those tracks that you just did the above procedure to will no longer appear in the music section or in the Playlist section (if you did the above procedure to an entire playlist) on your iPod Touch or iPhone. It will appear in the Podcast or Audiobook section. But NOT right away. You’ll need to go back to iTunes on your computer and select that new podcast or audiobook as one that you want imported onto your iPhone or iPod. It will be as if you are selecting it for the first time.
Here’s how to do that:
- While your iPod Touch or iPhone is plugged into your computer, open iTunes
- Click on your iPod Touch or iPhone on the left side, above where all of your playlists are located
- Let it sync with iTunes if it is set to automatically sync whenever you connect it
- Click on the Podcasts or Books tab (whichever one you chose in the above procedure; if you chose Audiobook, then click on the Books tab and scroll down for the Audiobooks)
- Put a checkmark next to the new “Podcast” or “Audiobook” that you just created
- Click the Apply button (in the bottom right corner of iTunes)
- Let iTunes sync with your iPod Touch or iPhone again
- Eject your iPhone or iPod Touch from iTunes by hitting the eject button on the left side of iTunes, to the right of your device
- Open the iPod app, go into Audiobooks or Podcasts and play your newly created file(s)
- Click on the playback speed icon and start listening to things in half the time! (or double the time, if that’s your thing)
It should look like so…
(Btw, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy is also a powerful book/audiobook that teaches you how to program your subconscious mind. And since 95% of our behavior is dictated by our subconscious mind, this book can be life changing.)
That’s it! Now you will be able to blow through audiobooks like no tomorrow and double your rate of learning instantly! Pretty cool, huh? Or for those of you who are musicians, you will be able to play the music back at a slower speed so you can learn it easier.
And if you don’t have an iPod yet and want one, then I suggest you check out my blog post on the latest products from Apple, which includes the latest lineup of iPods. I don’t think the new iPod Shuffle will do this, and the new iPod Nano might do it, but the new iPod Touch and iPhone definitely do it.