Now Hear This, Quickly

October 2, 2003 | Source: New York Times

New “digital time compression” software is allowing listeners to speed-listen four or more times faster to the rapidly growing amount of audio recording in the media, the phone, and the Web.

The extra brainpower needed to follow speedy speech also enhances comprehension, say experts. Software also allows for video to be time-compressed.

Some users compare it to broadband vs. dial-up Internet access. “Once you go faster, you just can’t go back to real time,” said Joel Galbraith, a Penn State researcher.