How to Change Apple Music Speed on Multiple Devices

By Adam Gorden Updated on January 16, 2024

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Apple Music is the second-largest music streaming service all over the world. It has released many excellent features, but it still doesn’t allow users to change the speed of Apple Music songs. There are ways to change playback speed on Apple Music. Unfortunately, they are only available for audiobooks.

If you want to play your music at different speeds, you will need to purchase the music and use an alternative tool, such as ViWizard Audio Converter, to change the speed of the songs. In this article, we will show you a good method to change the speed of Apple Music songs.

Part 1. How to Fast Forward Apple Music

Apple Music offers users the ability to customize their listening experience by adjusting song formats and applying music effects through the built-in equalizer settings. Moreover, Apple Music provides users with the ability to make Apple Music sound louder, faster. Ultizing Apple Music's playback controls, users can fast-forward through songs.

  • For Windows:

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    1. Launch the iTunes app on your Windows or Mac computer.
    2. Go to the Library and select the Music section from the drop-down menu in the Apple Music apps.
    3. Play the desired song to access its Now Playing section at the top of the iTunes app.
    4. Perform a long click on the forward button to fast-forward through the current song.
    5. To rewind, perform a long click on the back button.
  • For Mac:

    1. Initiate the Music app on your Mac.
    2. Within the Music window, choose a song to play.
    3. Play the current song to reveal its Now Playing section.
    4. Execute a long click on the forward button to fast-forward.
    5. To rewind, perform a long click on the back button.
  • For iPhone/iPad and Android:

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    1. On iOS, open the Music app; on Android, open the Apple Music app from the Home screen.
    2. In the Library, select and play a song.
    3. Go into the current song's Now Playing section at the bottom.
    4. Perform a long press on the forward button to fast-forward through the song.
    5. To rewind, perform a long press on the back button.

Part 2. How to Change Audio Speed of Apple Music

While Apple Music provides options for customization, directly fast-forwarding the audio may not fully meet your expectations. If you're looking to adjust the playback speed, Apple Music, unfortunately, doesn't currently offer a built-in feature for this purpose. As a result, users often resort to purchasing the desired songs and playing them on another media player that supports variable audio speed. However, this process can be cumbersome and costly.

To simplify and enhance your experience in changing the speed of Apple Music songs, we present two effective methods:

Method 1: Perfect Tempo - Apple Music Speed Changer

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One popular approach involves using third-party apps like "Perfect Tempo." This application provides users with the capability to modify the playback speed of Apple Music tracks through a user-friendly interface. It's important to note, however, that Perfect Tempo has limitations and may not be compatible with every song or playlist curated by users.

Method 2: ViWizard Apple Music Converter for Ultimate Control

For users seeking more control over playback speed, an alternative method is to leverage an Apple Music converter, such as ViWizard Audio Converter. This tool allows you to convert Apple Music songs into formats compatible with various media players, enabling you to freely adjust the playback speed.

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Step 1Select Apple Music Songs You Need to ViWizard

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Open ViWizard and from the main interface, you will see three icons on the central top of the main screen. Here's what they for:

1) add DRM-ed audios This Music Note button is for importing DRM audios to the Converter.

2) add local files This one is to add non-DRM audios to the Converter.

3) open converted history This is the "Converted History". When the conversion is done your converted files will be placed under this catalog.

Apple Music are enrypted files, so you should hit the Music Note button to import them to the converter. Or directly drag the local files from the Apple Music folder to the ViWizard Audio Converter.

Step 2Tune the Output Apple Music for Playing

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After uploading music to the converter, hit the Format panel to select an format for output audio files. We suggest choose MP3 for correct playing. Right next to the Format is the Output Path option. Click on change output path to select a file destination for you converted songs. Don't forget to click OK to save.

Step 3Change the Speed of Apple Music Songs

To change the speed of the output Apple Music songs, click the Effect icon on the right side of each audio. On the pop-up window, you can edit the number of the Speed. You may change the number to 150 (1.5x), 200 (2x), or other speed you like. You may also edit other parameters for fun.

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Step 4Change the Speed of Apple Music Songs

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Once all the settings and editings are saved, you can begin the conversion by pressing the Convert button. Wait for a few minutes until the conversion is done, then you can locate the converted Apple Music files in the folder you've selected. You can also go to the Converted History and use open the audio in folder to find the converted music. When the conversion is done, you may find the converted Apple Music files on your computer. You can play these variable speed Apple Music songs with iTunes or other media players.

Part 3. How to Change Play Speed of Apple Music

  • For Windows PC:

    Changing the playback speed of Apple Music on Windows is easy with Windows Media Player. Here's a step-by-step guide:

    Importing Apple Music to Windows Media Player:

    1. Open Windows Media Player on your Windows PC from the Start menu.
    2. Drag and drop your Apple Music files into the Windows Media Player window.
    3. The added songs will be sorted automatically by Artist, Album, and Genre.

    Adjusting Apple Music Play Speed in Windows Media Player:

    Now that your Apple Music files are in Windows Media Player, follow these steps to modify the playback speed:

    Windows Media Player play speed

    1. Locate the song for which you want to change the playback speed.
    2. Play the selected song, and Windows Media Player will open its Now Playing section.
    3. Right-click on the Now Playing section.
    4. Hover over "Enhancements" and select "Play speed settings."
    5. Opt for Fast, Normal (default), or Slow.
    6. Alternatively, use keyboard shortcuts:
      • Fast: Ctrl+Shift+G
      • Normal: Ctrl+Shift+N
      • Slow: Ctrl+Shift+S
  • For Mac:

    If you have GarageBand on your Mac, you can import Apple Music files and customize the tempo (speed) of each track.

    Importing Apple Music to GarageBand:

    Ensure that your converted Apple Music files are DRM-free. Follow these steps to import them into GarageBand:

    1. Open the GarageBand app on your Mac.
    2. Locate the Apple Music files in Finder that you want to import.
    3. Drag the file to an audio track or to the empty area below the existing tracks in the Tracks area.
    4. Confirm a successful import by checking that the audio file appears on the track.

    Adjusting Apple Music Tempo in GarageBand:

    Now that your Apple Music files are in GarageBand, follow these steps to change the tempo:

    1. In the Apple menu, click on "Track" and select "Show Tempo Track."
    2. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut "Shift + Command + T."
    3. GarageBand will display the tempo track, allowing you to precisely adjust the tempo (speed) of the track at different points.
  • For iPhone/iPad:

    Transferring Files to Your iOS Device:

    Before adjusting the tempo of your Apple Music on iPhone or iPad using GarageBand, ensure the files are on your device. You can either use your preferred method to transfer the converted Apple Music files to your iPhone or iPad. Alternatively, replace the Apple Music streaming files with the converted ones and sync the iTunes files to your iOS device.

    Adding Apple Music Tracks in GarageBand:

    Once the files are on your iOS device, follow these steps to add them to GarageBand:

    1. Launch the GarageBand app on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Open a Touch Instrument or Tracks view in GarageBand.
    3. garageband tracks view

    4. Tap on the loop browser in the control bar to browse and add the desired Apple Music tracks from Files or Music.
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    Adjusting Apple Music Tempo in GarageBand:

    Now that your Apple Music tracks are in GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps to change the tempo:

    1. Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner and select "Song Settings."
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    3. Under Settings, locate and tap on "Tempo."
    4. garageband song settings tempo

    5. Tap the tempo bar repeatedly to set the tempo. Alternatively, tap the up or down arrow next to the tempo number to change it incrementally.
    6. ios garageband change tempo

    7. Swipe vertically for larger tempo adjustments.
  • For Android:

    Transferring Files to Your Android Device:

    Before adjusting the playback speed of your Apple Music on Android using VLC Media Player, ensure the files are on your device. Transfer the converted Apple Music files to your Android device using your preferred method.

    Adding Apple Music Tracks in VLC Media Player:

    Once the files are on your Android device, follow these steps to add them to VLC Media Player:

    1. Launch the VLC Media Player app on your Android device.
    2. Tap on the menu icon and select "Media Library."
    3. Browse to the location where your Apple Music files are stored.
    4. Select the Apple Music tracks you want to play in VLC Media Player.

    Changing the Apple Music Play Speed in VLC Media Player:

    Now that your Apple Music tracks are in VLC Media Player on your Android device, follow these steps to change the playback speed:

    1. Play the selected song in VLC Media Player.
    2. Tap on the screen to reveal playback controls.
    3. Look for the playback speed icon (usually denoted by a clock or speedometer).
    4. Tap on the playback speed icon to access the speed settings.
    5. Adjust the speed according to your preference.

Part 4. How to Change Play Speed of Apple Audiobook/Podcast

Can Apple Music change playback speed? The answer is yes. However, you can only change the playback speed of audiobooks or podcasts in the Apple Music app. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to change the speed of audiobooks:

Changing the Apple Audiobook/Podcast Speed in Apple Music:

  1. The Player screen will open when you select an audiobook.
  2. For audiobooks, find the playback speed option located at the bottom right corner, marked as 1x Speed.
  3. You can then change the playback speed:
    • The first tap will increase it to twice the regular speed (2x).
    • The second tap will decrease it to half the regular speed (0.5x).
    • The third tap will reset it to the default setting (1x).

Changing the speed of audiobooks is a simple process that can be done with just a few clicks. However, for Apple Music songs, you will still need the assistance of a third-party tool mentioned in the Part 2.

Extra Tip: How to Fix Apple Music Speeding Up

If you're experiencing issues with Apple Music speeding up unintentionally, follow these steps to address and resolve the problem:

  1. Access the Player screen in the Apple Music app.
  2. Verify if there's a playback speed option. (Note: As of the current information available, Apple Music primarily allows changing playback speed for audiobooks and podcasts, not for songs. If there's no playback speed option, proceed to the next steps.)
  3. Close the Apple Music app and restart it.
  4. Play a song and observe if the speed issue persists.

If the problem persists:

  • Restart your device and reopen the Apple Music app.
  • Ensure your device's operating system and the Apple Music app are updated to the latest versions.
  • Check the connection of any external devices, such as Bluetooth headphones or speakers, and their playback speed settings.


To change the playback speed of Apple Music audiobooks, you can finish it on the Apple Music app directly. But you can’t change the speed of Apple Music songs on its app directly. You’ll need the help of ViWizard Audio Converter. Not only changing the speed of Apple Music, but ViWizard can also convert Apple Music to other unlimited formats. The converted Apple Music can be played as your need. Want to know more about ViWizard? Just click the button below to give it a shot right now.

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