More Podcasts in Less Time
Learn to love speed and trimmed silence
Not sure how many podcasts you listen to or how much time you have to listen to them, but there are a few things you can do to increase the number of podcasts you listen to.
The first of these is adjusting the speed at which you listen to the podcast playback. At first, jumping from 1.0x to 1.5–2.0x will seem like an impossible task, especially if you jump in head first. I have been listening to podcasts for over a decade, and usually listen for more than 4 hours a day.
Early on, I found 2.0x insane. I would try the speed setting and thought I was listening to chipmunks. I started out at 1.2x then 1.3x and was that way for a while. A few years ago I upgraded to 1.5x, and did not noticed a huge difference. Now, and for the past year, I have been listening to podcasts at 2.0x playback. Funny, now the shows I listen to sound odd and super slow if I adjust them to 1.0x.
It is great how the brain can adjust and you can follow what is going on in the podcasts.
The second of these is enabling silence trimming, if your podcast player supports this. This is a feature specific to audio podcasts. Where as, the variable speed can be done in audio and video podcasts. The two podcasts applications I use both support silence trimming, which are Overcasts and Pocket Casts. This does not save a ton of time, but can save a small amount.
For example, in my scenario when I look at my listening statistics in Pocket Casts, it states I have been listening for 106 days 4 hours. Of this, variable speeds saved me an additional 63 days 15 hours and silence trimming saved me 12 days 6 hours. So, do some questionable math and trimming saves about 1/5th that of the variable speed. Also, some of this variable speed is less than 2.0x. Also, these Pocket Casts statistics only make up about half of my listening history, as I also use Overcasts, and before them I used iTunes on an iPodtouch.
I know this will be a short read, but hopefully a few of you will try to listen at a little faster speed and maybe stay. Or, maybe you will do as I did over the period of time and find you can adjust to a much faster speed that you would have thought.
Until next time, enjoy listening…