Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Apple wasted 100's of hours of my time and now I increased my productivity by two times - iPod 2X feature

My commute is 2+ hours each way (yeah, it's not as bad as it sounds, I'll share more on this in the future), so it's important for me to use this time as productively as possible.

During the driving portion (1 hour 15 minutes) of my commute, I usually listen to podcasts. The other day I accidentally clicked on the iPod button that said 1x. I had no idea what that button did, I didn't even know it was a button.  And what do you know, the audio spead up to a perfect speed for me to still understand the content while getting through it in 1/2 the time (I assume that is actual speed 2 times as fast).
Now I can get through podcasts in 1/2 the time which is great for me. 
The amazing thing to me is that I have been an avid iPod/iPhone user for years and listen to a ton of podcasts and never knew this feature existed.  I have wasted 100's of hours over the past years listening to people in normal speed.  Even though Apple makes great products, they still miss the mark on making feature intuitive or figuring ways to highlight lesser used features.
Am I on my own on this?  Have you used this feature?

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