How to make sure that AIMP remembers the last playback position

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 25, 2019
Music and Video

The media player AIMP is my favorite application for music and audio playback on Windows. It is an incredible application with a rich feature set and all the features that I could possibly want in an audio player.

Some of my favorite features include Internet Radio playback and recording, theme and plugin support, support for retrieving data from the Internet (optional), playback support, and a lot more.

Lately, I have started to use AIMP as a player for audiobooks. Audiobooks that come in a single file have a playtime of several hours and it is often the case that I pause playback to continue at a later point in time.

Tip: find out how to optimize audiobooks for roadtrips. Check out Project Gutenberg or these resources for free audiobooks.

aimp resume playback

When I did so initially, I noticed that AIMP would not remember the last position of playback so that I had to use trial and error to find the approximate position to continue from the position I stopped playback the last time.

I double-clicked on the audio file whenever I wanted to continue listening to the audiobook and AIMP would play the file from the very beginning each time.

First thing I tried was to find out if there was a setting to make AIMP remember the position of audio files; there was none other than the "resume player state" option under Player > Automatic > On Program Startup in the media player's preferences, and that was configured the right way already.

AIMP should remember the position but it did not. I thought about it for a moment and decided to try to start the player directly from the Start Menu of the operating system. AIMP would start just like it did before but the audio file that I played the last time was listed with the correct position this time.

Means: the player remembers the position only if you start it without loading a file. If you load a file, it won't remember the position even if the audio file was the last file played.

It is a simple thing once you know about it. The instructions may help other AIMP users who face the same issue when they play audio files over multiple sessions using the player.

Now You: do you listen to audiobooks? Which player do you use?

How to make sure that AIMP remembers the last playback position
Article Name
How to make sure that AIMP remembers the last playback position
Try the following fixes if the audio player AIMP does not remember the last play position of audio files when you restart the player.
Ghacks Technology News

Tutorials & Tips

Previous Post: «
Next Post: «


  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

We love comments and welcome thoughtful and civilized discussion. Rudeness and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please stay on-topic.
Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.