If you listen to a lot of podcasts, you probably spend at least ten hours or more every week getting through them. A common feature of podcast playback tools is the option to speed up playback, allowing at least some users to get through these almost entirely spoken-word programs more quickly. Popular Android podcast manager Stitcher now includes this option... but oddly, only for devices running Android 6.0 or later. The tool can speed up playback to 1.25x, 1.5x, or 2x (which is insanely fast). It can also slow playback by half.

Other changes in this version (3.5.5 on my Nexus 6) are mostly bug fixes, notably including a major bug for Wi-Fi detection on Marshmallow phones and tablets. Other changes include improvements to reliability and the refresh function, fixes for episodes out of order, and others that didn't get their own place in the changelog.

Stitcher is a free download on the Play Store, and the updated version of the app seems to be going out to everyone right now. Update your app if you want to make your favorite podcast hosts (and/or Android bloggers) sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Stitcher - Podcast Player
Stitcher - Podcast Player
Developer: Stitcher, Inc
Price: Free+