Faster playback gives listeners time for more podcasts—a welcome perk, since the library of available shows continues to grow exponentially. As the market explodes, faster playback seems like a no-brainer: more great conversations, no additional time commitment. What’s not to like?
My advice? Don’t do it. Keep that playback speed locked at 1x. While you’re at it, turn off clever features like Overcast’s “Smart Speed”, which saves time by cropping out silence.
I completely agree with Matt on this. Just listen at 1x without any silence trimming. If you don’t have time to listen to all of your podcasts, consider trimming your subscriptions or skipping episodes that seem less interesting to you.