showed me a really cool feature in Windows Media Player (11) this morning that allows you to listen to, or watch, audio and video files at a faster than normal speed without affecting the pitch.
Why would you want to do that? I hear you ask
Well, for starters, it's great for work related videos or audio files (meeting recordings, internal company training videos etc.) that aren't exactly riveting entertainment but necessary to sit through as part of your job.
At 1.4x most peoples voices are still legible but any faster and it starts to become difficult to understand what's being said - even more so for people that speak quickly.
Although fun to muck around with for a few minutes you probably wont want to listen to your entertainment focused music and video files at anything other than "Normal"
To find the Play Speed Settings tab open Windows Media Player, click the drop down for "Now Playing" then "Enhancements" and select "Play Speed Settings".