iPhone iPod 1/2X Half Speed

Today I recorded a voice memo on iPhone. To trim it and get it into the iPod app, here’s what I did:

  1. Trim the audio recording in the Voice Memos app on the iPhone.
  2. Sync my iPhone with iTunes.
  3. View the file in Finder.
  4. Drag the file from Finder into one of the Playlists that I sync with my iPhone.

That wasn’t enough, though, because I also wanted to play the spoken track at half speed. The iPod app doesn’t offer this option for Music files; only for Podcasts and Audiobooks.

Fortunately, I found the answer:

  1. Select the file in iTunes and use “Get Info” in the “File” menu.
  2. Select the “Options” tab, set “Media Kind” to “Audiobook”, then click “OK”.
  3. Connect your iPhone and select it in the left menu. Go to the “Books” tab, scroll down, and ensure “Sync Audiobooks” is checked. This is crucial!
  4. Sync to your iPhone and play it with the iPod app.
  5. At the upper right there should be “1X” in a white box. Press it to choose “2X’ or “½X”.

That did the trick. Thanks to Malcolm Rayfield.


Yesterday, I mostly worked at Burger King, using their free Wi-Fi. It was my first time working at BK, but it’s turning out to be a pretty good office. That’s where I’m writing this now. The Wi-Fi is easily speedy enough for Skype audio conference calls. Later in the day, I had my first 1-on-1 Chinese lesson with a teacher at Wenzao Ursaline College of Languages here in Kaohsiung. My teacher is quite good, and very friendly.

Today was my second lesson. I only have 5 lessons, so hopefully I make the most of them. The audio file mentioned above is her reading of her favorite Chinese poem, Yike kaihua de shu.

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