How to Slow Down and Speed up Spotify Songs and Podcasts

By Charles Davis Updated on 2023-10-23 / Update for Spotify Tips

Q: How to find the option to adjust the music and video playback speed (1.5x, 2x, etc) on Spotify? I'd like to speed up and slow down Spotify songs and podcasts for better listening. - From Spotify Community.

Over the years, users in the Spotify Support Community have been requesting a new feature to change Spotify playback speed. Spotify already allows users to speed up and slow down podcast speed, but there is no such option when listening to songs and audiobooks. As a result, some have requested that Spotify should also implement more granular speed options for music and audiobooks, such as 1.2x, 1.5x, and 2x.

Whether or not Spotify will expand this function in the near future, we've found some workarounds that enable us to do so at the moment. So today, we will exhibite the official feature of podcast speed control and show you some special ways to change playback speed on Spotify songs via Spotify app and Spotify Web Player on all devices.

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Part 1. FAQs about Spotify Playback Speed

Q1: Does Spotify Have Playback Speed Controller?

Yes. There is a podcast speed controller on Spotify. If you think podcasts play too fast, it's able to slow down them to 0.8x or 0.5x. If you think podcasts play too slow, you can increase Spotify podcast playback speed to up to 3.5x. But it's worth mentiong that this Spotify speed controller is not available for songs and audiobooks.

Q2: What Is the Normal Play Speed on Spotify?

The normal play speed on Spotify is 1x. You can also slow down Spotify podcasts to 0.5x, 0.8x, or speed up Spotify podcasts to 1.2x, 1.5x, 1.8x, 2x, 2.5x, 3x and 3.5x.

Q3: Can You Adjust Playback Speed on Spotify Songs?

Yes, but you have to get help from third-party tools. To adjust song playback speed on Spotify Web Player, you can use Spotify Playback Speed Access Chrome extension. To change the playback speed on other unauthorized devices via apps, you can draw support from AudFree Spotify Music Converter. Two software can also help you fix Spotify playing double speed issue.

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

Because there is no direct Spotify speed controller for songs and audiobooks, here, we will first introduce the professional method to make it possible. Meanwhile, this way allows users to change Spotify play back speed on Apple Watch, Galaxy Watch or other devices.

To begin with, you need the assistance of a professional software called AudFree Spotify Music Converter. It is proficient in downloading Spotify audio songs, podcasts, albums, playlists, audiobooks and all other content to computer locally without losing audio quality. Plus, it has the ability to convert Spotify to MP3 or other common audio formats for use on any device.

What's more, this excellent tool retains all ID3 tag information of the target sources, such as title, artist, genre, year, album art, and more. Once you have the downloaded Spotify music files at hand, you are free to use any media player to decrease or increase playback speed on Spotify songs, audiobooks, and podcasts and play Spotify on any device offline for free.

AudFree Spotify Music Converter

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  • Download all Spotify contents with original audio quality kept
  • Convert Spotify to MP3, FLAC, M4A, AAC, WAV, and M4B
  • Run at 5X speed and define output audio parameters for Spotify
  • Change Spotify playback speed in various media players

How to Download and Convert Music from Spotify

Step 1Import Spotify Songs to AudFree SpoDable
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No matter you are Spotify Free and Premium users, you can directly drag and drop curated tracks/albums/playlists/podcasts from the Spotify app to the tool's main interface to add the sources you'd like to download. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the Spotify URL to the search box and click the '+' button to achieve the same effect.
Step 2Define Spotify Output Format and Other Parameters
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Please go to the menu from the top right corner and click 'Preferences' and 'Convert' options to open the setting window. Here you can define Spotify output format as MP3, FLAC, M4A, etc. and set other parameters like channels, sample rate and bit rate.
Step 3Download and Convert Spotify to PC Locally
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When all settings are saved, please hit the big 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner and AudFree Spotify Music Converter will start to download Spotify songs to computer at high speed simultaneously. After it all finishes, you can locate all downloaded Spotify files in the converted history list and find them in output folder.

How to Slow Down/Speed Up Songs on Spotify via Music Players

Now you have Spotify music downloads locally and it opens up more options for you to slow down songs on Spotify and speed up Spotify songs. It's time to learn how to change Spotify playback speed on any preferred music players, whether you're on a computer or mobile device.

Way 1. Using VLC Media Player (Windows)

Step 1. Install VLC media player on your Windows computer, after that open the local Spotify files with VLC.

Step 2. Go to 'Playback' > 'Speed' option and then you can choose the target playback speed for playing Spotify music.

Step 3. Now, you can adjust speed of Spotify music, podcasts or audiobooks in VLC to the tiniest detail like 'Faster' or 'Slower' speed.

Step 4. In turn, it is able to play Spotify on VLC at the speed you want smoothly.

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Way 2. Using QuickTime Player (Mac)

Step 1. Launch QuickTime Player from your Mac.

Step 2. Choose the 'File' > 'Open File' button to select favorite Spotify tunes. Then hit on 'Open' button to play Spotify music in QuickTime Player.

Step 3. Open the playback controls, and you can choose the playback speed as 2x, 5x, 10x, 30x, or 60x to speed up songs on Spotify.

Step 4. Besides, it's able to click the 'Forward' or 'Rewind' button to vary the Spotify playback speed on Mac in small increments.

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Way 3. Using Music Speed Changer (Android)

Step 1. Transfer downloaded Spotify songs to Android device from your computer.

Step 2. Navigate to the Google Play Store on your phone to download and install the 'Music Speed Changer' app.

Step 3. Import the downloaded Spotify Music files into the library of this Spotify speed changer, one of the amazing slow downers of Spotify, and select your favorite Spotify songs to play.

Step 4. Adjust the 'Tempo' to change playback speed of your current song so that you're able to get Spotify slow down songs on Android.

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Way 4. Using Audipo (iPhone)

Step 1. Make sure you have synced Spotify music files to your iPhone phone from your computer.

Step 2. Download and install 'Audipo' on your iPhone from the Apple App Store.

Step 3. Transfer Spotify songs to the Audipo speed changer app.

Step 4. Select a Spotify song to play, and Audipo will enable you to decrease or increase Spotify playback speed from 0.5x to 2x on iPhone.

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🙆‍Pro 🙅‍Con
  • Speed up Spotify songs, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Slow up Spotify songs, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Change Spotify playback speed on all devices and players.
  • Keep Spotify files locally on your computer forever.
  • The software requires a premium upgrade
    to unlock the download length.
  • Part 3. How to Change Spotify Podcast Playback Speed Officially

    Well, you can slow down or speed up playback speed in the Spotify app, but only while you're listening to podcast. Let's take a quick look at how to control playback speed on Spotify podcast on desktop and mobile phones.

    How to Speed Up/Slow Down Podcast Speed on Spotify on Desktop

    Step 1. First, open the Spotify app on your computer and fill in your Spotify account details to log into it.

    Step 2. Now, please click the 'Search' > 'Podcast' option to find target podcast that you'd like to make Spotify speed control.

    find podcast from spotify pc

    Step 3. You'll notice a Change Speed icon that shows '1x' in the lower-right. Just click on it and you can slow down podcast speed on Spotify by choosing 0.5x or 0.8x speed if podcasts are playing too fast.

    slow down podcast speed on spotify

    Step 4. To speed up Spotify podacst playback speed, please hit on the Change Speed icon again. And then you can increase playback speed on Spotify by clicking the 1.2x, 1.5x, 1.8x, 2x, 2.5x, 3x, or 3.5x speed as you like.

    speed up spotify playback speed

    How to Change Playback Speed on Spotify App for Podcasts on Mobile

    Step 1. Launch Spotify app for Android or iOS on your phone and play any Spotify podcast you like.

    find and play spotify podcast on mobile

    Step 2. Once you start playing the podcast, it will show a "Change Speed" button in the bottom left corner of the playback screen.

    Step 3. Just click it to change play speed of podcast via Spotify app on Android and iPhone by choosing from 0.5x to 3x as you wish.

    change playback speed on spotify app

    🙆‍Pro 🙅‍Con
  • No need to install any extra app on your device.
  • Customize podcast playback speed on Spotify app directly.
  • It only works for Spotify podcasts.
  • Part 4. How to Change Playback Speed on Spotify Web Player

    Can you slow down songs on Spotify Web Player? Can you speed up songs on Spotify Web Player? Fortunately, there is an effective way to change Spotify playback speed in the Spotify Web Player effortlessly. That is "Spotify Playback Speed Access" app, a completely free Chrome extension that adds the ability to control Spotify play speed. Nowadays, it's also namely "Spotify Playback Speed".

    In fact, this free Chrome extension allows you to speed up and slow down the playback speed of all Spotify content, including songs, podcasts and audiobooks. It would be a fun and useful feature for musicians, dancers or teachers for practice and classroom activities. Then follow the steps below to change Spotify Web Player playback speed.

    How to Speed Up or Slow Down Music on Spotify Web Player

    Step 1. Find the Spotify Playback Speed Access or Spotify Playback Speed extension in the Chrome web store and install it in your Chrome browser.

    spotify playback speed access

    Step 2. After installation, visit the Spotify Web Player and sign in with your account.

    Step 3. The logo of "Spotify Playback Speed" will show at the Chrome toolbar. And there is a "1.00x" Change Speed icon in your Spotify Web Player.

    Step 4. Please click the icon and then you can tap the 'SETTINGS' button to customize the range of play speed on Spotify.

    adjust spotify playback speed settings

    Step 5. Now, you can drag the speed line to the left to make Spotify slow down songs, or drag the speed line to the right to speed up Spotify songs playback speed.

    change playback speed on spotify web player

    🙆‍Pro 🙅‍Con
  • It's avaliable for all Spotify content, including songs, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Change playback speed on Spotify Web Player.
  • It's completely free.
  • The audio quality Spotify Web Player supports is a little low. (256kbps for Spotify Premium & 128kbps for Spotify Free).
  • Part 5. In Conclusion

    In a nutshell, this article describes three effective options to change Spotify playback speed. If you just want to adjust the speed of Spotify podcast, you can achieve this goal via the Spotify app for desktop and mobile directly. If you also want to speed up and slow down Spotify songs, audiobooks, etc., you can use AudFree Spotify Music Converter or Spotify Playback Speed Chrome extension. For your convenience, you're better off using AudFree Spotify Music Converter. It helps you play Spotify on multiple devices simultaneously at any speed you want.

    Charles Davis

    Charles Davis

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    Charles Davis is the chief-editor of AudFree Company, who writes a variety of tech articles and music reviews, such as hot software releases and Spotify music tips.

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