I listen to a lot of audiobooks, lectures, and sermons on my iPhone. And I almost always listen on double speed. Here’s how to do it on an iPhone or iPod.
1. Import the audio into iTunes.
You can do this by simply dragging and dropping (i.e., copying) an audio file (like an MP3 file) into an iTunes playlist.
2. Change the “Media Kind” from “Music” to “Audiobook” in iTunes.
Right-click the track(s) in iTunes.
- Select “Get Info.”
- Select the “Options” tab.
- Next to “Media Kind,” change the category from “Music” to “Audiobook.”
- Select “OK.”
3. Sync iTunes with with your iPhone or iPod.
4. On your iPhone or iPod, select 2x speed.
This works differently for a touch screen (iPhone or iPod Touch) than with the classic iPod.
For an iPhone or iPod Touch
Play the track using the Music app. If you don’t see detailed info, tap the screen once. Then you should see an icon that gives you three options for the playback speed:
- 1/2x speed
- 1x speed
- 2x speed
The default setting is 1x speed. Tap “1x” once to change it to 2x speed.
For an iPod
- Go the the main menu. (The word “iPod” should be at the top of the screen.)
- Select “Settings.”
- Select “Audiobooks.”
- Select one of three speeds: (1) Slower, (2) Normal, (3) Faster.
(This is how it works for my iPod, which is about seven years old.)
- iPhone Resources
- iPad Resources
- I also listen to audibooks from Audible using the Audible app, which offers seven speeds:
Update (7/5/2015): For years I have imported MP3s into iTunes, changed them to audiobooks, and then listened to them on my iPhone in the corresponding playlists. But the latest Apple update separates all audiobooks so that they now appear on the iPhone in the iBooks app rather than the Music app. And the iBook app does not list the files in the playlists in which they appear in iTunes. Big-time frustrating. Please let me know if you can advise me on how to proceed here.
Update (4/19/2017): The MP3s should appear in the same album in the iBook app on your phone if you label them all with the same “Album” name. And they should appear in the order you number the “Track #.” And if that doesn’t work, click on Get Info > Sorting > and then in the “sort as” entry that is directly under “chapter,” enter the track number.
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