Thinking about getting a Zune HD, and have a question about something I would love for podcasts and audiobooks. Does the Zune HD support adjustable playback speed? I don't see it in the desktop app, but it has been supported for a long time in WMP. I consume a bunch of podcasts and audiobooks and like to listen to them at anywhere from 1.2-1.4x speed. WMP is great, as it keeps the tone level (no chipmunk sound).
I'm using a Sansa Clip for my podcasts and audiobooks these days, and while it has speed settings, it doesn't adjust tone so I never use it. I believe the ipods have supported this well for a long time, too.
If the Zune had this, it would make my decision to pick one up a bit easier