Akimbo Audiobook Player

Akimbo Audiobook Player


Akimbo player is the most comprehensive audio book player in the market. It is specifically tailored for audio book formats (M4A, M4B, MP3) and comes equipped with various features such as: identify chapters and covers in all types of books; maintain position and volume per book; partial speed control support (see below); allow numerous ways to change your position (from configurable step button to a “go to any position” dialog), bookmarks and more…

IMPORTANT NOTE: due to the differences in audio capabilities between different Android OS versions and device models, it is recommended you install the trial version before using this application, to ensure that your audio files are playable on your device: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.akimbo.abp.trial

Read the full manual at https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0ByHIlLQe6aBabWRJOVE2MFBDbVE&export=download&hl=en

Notable features:
• Supports all the major audio book and other audio formats: M4A, M4B (including iPod chaptered books), MP4, MP3, ogg vorbis.
• Reads cover images and chapter information from within audio book files.
• Parses WMA and FLAC (actual ability to play depends on your device).
• Maintain your last position and last set volume level for each book.
• Partial play speed control (IMPORTANT: requires purchase of Presto app and is limited to MP3 and OGG formats, will not work on M4B books).
• Allows bookmarks for each book.
• Configurable step buttons for quick shifts forwards or backwards.
• Easy to use “go to” dialog that will take you instantly to any chapter or position throughout the book.
• Home Screen Widget.
• Allows a one-click automatic download of covers for any book, or for your entire library at once.
• A configurable “lock” mode, which prevents accidental changes of position during play.
• Sleep Timer, pausing play after a specified time.
• Loads your entire library at once: offers a one-click scan of any folder tree on your device.
• The player screen offers a host of accessibility and experience improving features, including large-font and human voice indication (and approval) for your actions.
• Allows undoing and redoing any accidental change in position while listening.
For easy listening to your audiobook without looking at the screen (while engaged in some other action or for the visually impaired) it offers a range of accessibility features (including human voice indications) as well as an option to lock the player against accidental changes.

The player is highly recommended not just for audiobooks, but for any episodic format, such as music albums or podcasts.

A note on permissions:
• Internet access is only done at your express request to download covers (it is never launched without a user pressing the download cover button). No personal information is ever sent outside your phone.
• Access to your phone’s state is required to pause the player when a call comes in. No other use of this permission is made.
• Writing to the external storage is required if you choose to save the app’s data (library, images, etc.) on the SD card, instead of the device’s internal storage. No other use of this permission is made.
• Battery status and wake lock permissions are used to prevent locking the device (when configured by the user) when playing or when playing while connected to a power source.

Recent changes:
Library backup and restore options added.
Improvements designed to fix issue of skipping chapters/audio files.
Books near the end resume with at least 30 second of audio left, for better handling.
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4.1
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928
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10,000+
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File size
1830 kb
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About Akimbo Audiobook Player
Akimbo player is the most comprehensive audio book player in the market. It is specifically tailored for audio book formats (M4A, M4B, MP3) and comes equipped with various features such as: identify chapters and covers in all types of books; maintain position and volume per book; partial speed control support (see below); allow numerous ways to change your position (from configurable step button to a “go to any position” dialog), bookmarks and more…

IMPORTANT NOTE: due to the differences in audio capabilities between different Android OS versions and device models, it is recommended you install the trial version before using this application, to ensure that your audio files are playable on your device: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.akimbo.abp.trial

Read the full manual at https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0ByHIlLQe6aBabWRJOVE2MFBDbVE&export=download&hl=en

Notable features:
• Supports all the major audio book and other audio formats: M4A, M4B (including iPod chaptered books), MP4, MP3, ogg vorbis.
• Reads cover images and chapter information from within audio book files.
• Parses WMA and FLAC (actual ability to play depends on your device).
• Maintain your last position and last set volume level for each book.
• Partial play speed control (IMPORTANT: requires purchase of Presto app and is limited to MP3 and OGG formats, will not work on M4B books).
• Allows bookmarks for each book.
• Configurable step buttons for quick shifts forwards or backwards.
• Easy to use “go to” dialog that will take you instantly to any chapter or position throughout the book.
• Home Screen Widget.
• Allows a one-click automatic download of covers for any book, or for your entire library at once.
• A configurable “lock” mode, which prevents accidental changes of position during play.
• Sleep Timer, pausing play after a specified time.
• Loads your entire library at once: offers a one-click scan of any folder tree on your device.
• The player screen offers a host of accessibility and experience improving features, including large-font and human voice indication (and approval) for your actions.
• Allows undoing and redoing any accidental change in position while listening.
For easy listening to your audiobook without looking at the screen (while engaged in some other action or for the visually impaired) it offers a range of accessibility features (including human voice indications) as well as an option to lock the player against accidental changes.

The player is highly recommended not just for audiobooks, but for any episodic format, such as music albums or podcasts.

A note on permissions:
• Internet access is only done at your express request to download covers (it is never launched without a user pressing the download cover button). No personal information is ever sent outside your phone.
• Access to your phone’s state is required to pause the player when a call comes in. No other use of this permission is made.
• Writing to the external storage is required if you choose to save the app’s data (library, images, etc.) on the SD card, instead of the device’s internal storage. No other use of this permission is made.
• Battery status and wake lock permissions are used to prevent locking the device (when configured by the user) when playing or when playing while connected to a power source.

Recent changes:
Library backup and restore options added.
Improvements designed to fix issue of skipping chapters/audio files.
Books near the end resume with at least 30 second of audio left, for better handling.

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User reviews of Akimbo Audiobook Player
I bought the app and like it but there is one issue: I start an audiobook and place the phone in my pocket with the app in foreground. The screen stays on forever and drains battery. Thus I must always remember to press the Back button to force the player to background, or press the Power button to be able to listen while screen is off. This does not happen with e.g. Astro Player. This is a hassle. Can it be solved? I use Android 2.3.5 on ZTE Blade. I mostly play m4b files.
Nov 14, 2011
I posted a full review of this app. You can read it at http://www.1stimpressions.mobi/2011/05/28/akimbo/
May 28, 2011
Love this app. It does everything I want, and is customizable in all the ways I care about.
May 23, 2011
"read" audio books with auto-bookmarking, etc., works well.
Apr 22, 2011
Endlich ein Player für alle meine M4B Hörbücher. Natürlich nur die freien, die aus dem Apple-Store mit Fairplay-DRM gehen verständlicherweise nicht. An der Oberfläche kann man allerdings noch hübschen (vorallem an den Tables) und auch das Widget kann eine Aufbesserung gebrauchen. Insgesamt bin ich von der App begeistert. Habe Probleme mit längeren Hörbüchern. App reagiert Minutenlang nicht, habe es dann irgendwann abgebrochen. Ein Hörbuch von 7h57 sowie ein Hörbuch bestehend aus zwei Teilen mit 11h58 und 10h07. Bis jetzt konnte ich größere Hörbücher nicht öffnen. Kleinere < 4.5h funktionieren sehr gut! Scheint ein Problem mit dem Android Media Player von Archos (AvosPlayer) zu sein! Larger audiobooks (>4,5) Seems to by a problem on Android Media Player (AvosPlayer) on Archos devices
Apr 17, 2011
Android Market Comments
A Google User
Aug 22, 2014
Got worse... Won't play whole book like half of the files didn't exist. Competitor app plays same file folder without hickups.
A Google User
Aug 20, 2014
Not bad for reading audiobooks The interface is not great but pretty good for the price. Beyondpod audio quality with added plug in but not designed primarily for audio books.
A Google User
Aug 11, 2014
No menu button. I have the s5 which doesn't have a menu button. There is no menu button on the app screen. Unable to load a book. Useless.
A Google User
Aug 4, 2014
Devs I hope you are going to fix bugs crashes and Bluetooth issues
A Google User
Aug 4, 2014
No updates This app was good a couple of years ago but they have not updated since I bought it.