I was listening to a SilverLight Media Stream today and found it quite annoying that I couldn’t speed up playback. Double speed (or faster) playback has been a feature of Windows Media Player for a long time. When I find a long rambling technology interview about something I’m interested I often play it at back at high speed. Ive often found nuggets of valuable information in hour long videos I would have otherwise not watched.
So I was disappointed when i found that the standard player skin has no such feature. I guess it’s part of the current industry-wide design drive to cut back on clutter.
As an aside it’s amazing how much smarter most people sound when you speed them up. The ums, ahs and parasitic words fade into the background noise and the sentences move along at a clipping pace giving the speaker an air of urbane technical authority.