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And that, even after closing the app. A friend of mine is looking for that functionality to be used when listening to audio books.

[Update] He's on Windows (Vista -- but something for XP will do, I guess?), BTW.

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Which OS are you looking for? – random Dec 15 '09 at 5:45
Windows, please. :) – Nikki Erwin Ramirez Dec 15 '09 at 8:16
Great answers so far. I'm giving my friend some time to test these and see what he'll stick with. :) – Nikki Erwin Ramirez Dec 19 '09 at 16:34
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Winamp has such a feature, if you install a plugin, called Winamp Essentials:

This is a pack of plug-ins by the people who work on Winamp. We can't live without these plug-ins and now you won't have to either. We will update this pack for each major Winamp release.

Included in Winamp Essentials 5.55 are: Ogg Vorbis Encoder,Apple Lossless (alac) Decoder, FLAKE Encoder, WavPack Decoder, Waveform Wrapper, Lite-n Winamp Preferences, ML Enqueue & Play, Time Restore & Autoplay, Skins in Submenu, Playlist Undo, Find File On Disk, Predixis Removal tool and Playlist Sidecar for Modern Skin. Please note you must have Winamp version 5.55 or above to use this plug-in pack.

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My friend settled for Winamp plus the Winamp Essentials plugin. :) – Nikki Erwin Ramirez Dec 19 '09 at 18:45
Glad to know I could be of help :) – alex Dec 20 '09 at 7:55

On Windows such application is GOM Player. It is turned off by default so you would need to enable it first.

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Another option is iTunes.

You need to set the mp3's "Media Kind" to audiobook from within iTunes. (Rightclick track -> "Get Info"->"Options tab"). Then it will remember what you have listened to and how far into a track you are.

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foobar2000 of course, with the option "Resume playback after restarting foobar2000" (in the playback section of the preferences)

And if you want more control over it, you could use the bookmarks component - Features:

  • Bookmark via playlist contextmenu/keyboard shortcut/toolbar button
  • Remove bookmark via contextmenu/Delete key
  • Clear bookmarks via contextmenu/Edit menu/keyboard shortcut
  • Inline editable Comment column
  • Auto Mode: bookmark is automatically updated on stop, user starting another bookmark or nonbookmark, and on shutdown; if playback reaches the end of the track, the bookmark is automatically deleted
  • Auto-bookmark playing track on user starting another track in different/same playlist, and on shutdown
  • Capture playlist content when bookmarking
  • Field for global title formatting: %bookmarks%
  • Bookmark playback queue via Playback menu/keyboard shortcut/toolbar button
  • Auto-bookmark playback queue on user stopping playback/starting another track, on shutting down, and on loading bookmarked playback queue items
  • Instant Save: save bookmarks data file whenever listview data changes except when a column is clicked
  • contextmenu Save: save bookmarks data file
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I might say SongBird which have an option (or an extension) to do that. (

Songbird is cross-platform (workgin on Windows, OS X, Linux, ..).

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