How to Change Apple Music Playback Speed? Solved!

By James Blair Updated on 2023-12-25 / Update for Apple Music Tips

Apple Music is the default music app for Apple device users. It is also available on Android devices as a popular streaming music app. If you prefer to stream on Apple Music, you may want to change Apple Music playback speed for different reasons, for example, to equalize the song's rhythm get a new sound effect, or for easy practice. However, do you know how to adjust the play speed on Apple Music?

If you fail to find feasible ways to adjust the play speed on the music app, please look no further than this post for a full guide. You will find the working method to slow down or speed up Apple Music songs on various devices.

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Part 1. Can You Change Playback Speed on Apple Music

Apple Music doesn't provide a channel to change the playback speed for songs on it. Currently, you can only change the playback speed of audiobooks and podcasts on Apple Music. If you are an Apple Music listener, you can only change the sound quality for playback, use Apple Music crossfade to fade tracks in or out, adjust the volume to make Apple Music sound louder or lower, etc. from Apple Music playback settings.

To slow down or speed up songs on Apple Music, you'd better draw support from third-party Apple Music converters or Apple Music changers. Please read on to explore more details.

Part 2. How to Speed Up/Slow Down Songs on Apple Music on All Devices

As we stated above, Apple Music allows you to play, pause, advance, and rewind a song. And you can change the playback speed of audiobooks and podcasts. But there is no feature to change the speed of Apple Music songs. If you want to play Apple Music songs at different speeds, you need to download Apple Music songs to unprotected local files and then play them with other music players that can change the speed, such as VLC player, Musicbox, etc.

AudFree Apple Music Converter is highly recommended among users. It allows you to download and convert Apple Music M4P content to commonly used audio formats like MP3, FLAC, AAC, etc. After downloading, you will be able to adjust Apple Music play speed with other music players. This one-stop tool also facilitates you to keep and listen to Apple Music offline forever with lossless sound quality and original metadata info.

If you hope to enhance the audio quality, AudFree Auditior can cater to your requirements, enabling you to change the bitrate, codecs, sample rate, etc. as well as ID3 tags including title, cover, album art, and so on. With the super-fast 30X download speed, AudFree Auditior could be the most powerful Apple Music downloader.

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  • Download and convert Apple Music to MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, etc.
  • Keep lossless sound quality and all ID3 tags for organization and editing
  • Play and change Apple Music speed with other music players
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How to Speed up Songs on Apple Music

Before decreasing or increasing the play speed for Apple Music songs, please ensure you have downloaded AudFree Auditior on your PC or Mac. You can install it directly by clicking the "Download" button above. Also, please make sure your favorite Apple songs are downloaded using your current Apple Music account in advance. Now let's see how to download Apple Music to Windows or Mac losslessly and change the playback speed of Apple Music with the aid of other music players.

Step 1Run and Register AudFree Auditior
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You can use the free trial version of AudFree Auditior permanently to get 1-minute conversions of each Apple Music song. Or, you can purchase its full version to break the limit. To register this software, click on the menu icon (like a three-horizontal-lines icon) and select the 'Register' option from the pull-down list. Then enter your email and registration code.
Step 2Import Apple Music Downloads to AudFree Auditior
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There are two easy ways to add Apple Music songs for downloading. On the one hand, you can click on the first Add button at the bottom left to open your iTunes library and add songs. Suppose you have purchased and downloaded your Apple songs to the local drive on your computer, please tap on the second Add button to launch the local folder and add songs. On the other hand, it also supports dragging and dropping Apple Music songs directly to its main interface.
Step 3Configure Apple Music Output Format and Quality
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Tap on the bottom-right Audio icon and the Format Setting screen will pop up, in which you are allowed to choose the output format for compatibility between Apple Music tracks and other audio players. MP3 is the best shot since it is accepted by almost all players. Plus, it is feasible to change Apple Music's bitrate, sample rate, audio channels, and codecs, among others. Once done, click on 'OK' to confirm it.
Step 4Convert Apple Music for Speed Change on Other Players
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Click on the 'Convert' button in the lower right corner of this best Apple Music converter to start downloading and converting Apple Music songs in bulk at a 30X speed. When the download process is done, please click on the File icon at the bottom to find them. You can put and play these downloaded Apple Music songs with other music players on your device. Then it's easy to change Apple Music speed as you want on VLC players, QuickTime Player, etc. Or, transfer them to a professional music speed changer.

Part 3. How to Speed Up songs on Apple Music Speed Changers

There are a growing number of speed changers or controllers designed for Apple Music users such as the VLC Player for Windows, QuickTime Player for Mac, Speedic or Audipo for iOS, and Music Speed Control for Android.

Since many people prefer to stream Apple Music on Android and iOS devices, in this part, we'd like to describe Speedic and Music Speed Control, which allows you to change Apple Music playback speed on your iOS and Android. Please move your Apple Music converted songs to mobile using a USB cable in advance.

Speedic Music Speed Controller [For iOS]

Speedic is a free iOS application particularly designed to slow down or speed up downloaded Apple Music songs. It allows Apple Music subscribers to control playback speed, loop a part for practice with the AB repeat feature, and loop parts of Apple songs. Please look into the how-to guide to install and use it to increase or decrease Apple Music play speed:

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How to Change Apple Music Playback Speed on iPhone/iPad

Step 1. Install the Speedic app from the Apple Store on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Please transfer the converted Apple Music songs to Speedic.

Step 3. Go back to the Speedic app and tap on the top-right Music icon.

Step 4. Choose and move the downloaded Apple Music track to the selection screen. Then play it.

Step 5. Tap on the bottom-right 'x1.00' icon to select a speed mode for speeding up or slowing down an Apple Music song.

Music Speed Changer [For Android]

Music Speed Changer is another free software capable of adjusting the playback speed(tempo), pitch, loop, and sound effects for Apple Music songs in real-time. Different from Speedic, Music Speed Changer is mainly available on Android devices. It also serves as an audio editor with a built-in music player, boasting equalizer and effects and featuring an A/B repeat feature, BPM detection, marker settings, etc. This tool is tested on multiple music services, supporting changing the playback speed of Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, Deezer, etc.

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How to Adjust Apple Music Play Speed on Android

Step 1. Install the Music Speed Changer app from the Google Play Store on your Android devices.

Step 2. Make sure you have imported the Apple Music conversions to the library of Music Speed Changer.

Step 3. On Musc Speed Changer, click on a song to start playing and pull up the bottom blue Playing bar to access the editor.

Step 4. Move the slider on the upper 'Tempo' bar to increase or decrease the speed of the song.

Part 4. How to Change Playback Speed on Apple Music Podcasts/Audiobooks

How to change playback speed on Apple Music? You are allowed to change the playback speed of audiobooks and podcasts on Apple Music. Follow the steps below to make it.

Adjust Playback Speed Apple Music for Audiobooks and Podcasts

Step 1. Open Apple Music on your device.

Step 2. Select any audiobook or podcast to play. Tap on the bottom Now Playing bar to open the fullscreen mode.

Step 3. Find the '1x' icon at the bottom left of the full screen.

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Step 4. Once you tap on it, it will change the playback speed to 2X. If you tap on it again, the playback speed will slow down to 0.5X. The third tap will bring the speed back to 1X.

Note: If you tap on the '1x' icon on the Apple Music podcast's fullscreen, you can view and select several speed options from a pop-up list.

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Part 5. FAQs about Changing Apple Music Play Speed

You can easily get Apple Music playback speed changed by following the steps above. And we selected some frequently asked questions about changing Apple Music playback speed. You can get a quick look.

Q1: How Do I Change Playback Speed on Apple Music Mac?

A: You can only change the playback speed of audiobooks and podcasts on the Apple Music app. To do it, select an audiobook or podcast to listen to. Then tap on the "1X" icon at the bottom left to change the playback speed.

Q2: How to Play Apple Music at 2X Speed on iPhone?

A: You can only play 2X speed audiobooks and podcasts on Apple Music. Go to the audiobooks section on the Apple Music app and tap on an audiobook to play. Tap on the "1X" icon at the bottom left to change the speed to 2X.

Part 6. The Bottom Line

Apple Music enables you to change the playback speed of audiobooks and podcasts. You can easily achieve it by tapping the "1X" icon. But if you would like to change the song playback speed, you need to turn to AudFree Apple Music Converter. Use it to download Apple Music songs and then change Apple Music playback speed with other music players. You can also use it if you want to play Apple Music songs offline on other devices.

James Blair

James Blair

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James Blair is an experienced writer and music lover. Reviews and tips on using popular music, like Apple Music, can be found in his articles.

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