Two weeks ago I started listening to podcasts somewhere between 1.1x speed and 1.4x speed. Depending on the host, the music, and the style of the show, listening on enhanced playback makes surprisingly little difference compared to "normal"-paced playback. It takes you a while to get used to some mostly infrequent, semi-chipmunk voices -- then you're used to it.
One thing that isn't the same? The amount of time it takes to get through your podcast queue, obviously. Playing a 60-minute episode at only 1.1x speed saves you more than five minutes and will almost certainly not bother you while listening. If you're listening to something with slow talkers, and you're playing closer to 1.4x speed, you can fit two 30-minute episodes into your 45-minute, door-to-door commute. Playing John and Merlin at 1.3x speed on Reconcilable Differences saves you 30 minutes in a two-hour episode. This leaves a lot more room for activities. I recommend Overcast, per usual, as a podcast player.
Since I more or less cleared through my queue for the first time in a while, I finally got around to downloading the two branded podcasts that Gimlet Creative has put together. One is called Open For Business, which is for eBay, and the other is called DTR, branded by Tinder. I haven't paid any attention to these shows despite the fact that I listen to almost every Gimlet podcast without fail -- despite my own knowledge that I greatly enjoy Gimlet's style and trust their output.Read More