Anyplay is an audiobook streaming service that gives you unlimited listens to audiobooks published by HarperCollins, RecordedBooks, Grupo Planeta and Scholastic, to name a few.
Their website states there are at least content available in more than 25 languages and about 200,000 audio books. The service is also available in 150 countries.
I’m really keen to see what else is available because I still don’t see other languages besides language study books yet.
On the iTunes app page, it lists the subscription cost as 9.60 USD a month and 86.39 USD a year.
Edit: Prices depending on where you live and you’re charged at your local rate and currency which is a plus in my book 🙂
Not sure how other audiobook services (Audible, for instance) would compare but I like how this doesn’t feel intimidating to use. Just choose a title and you can start playing.
There is a 7-day trial which requires a payment method but doesn’t charge until the trial is over.
There is a good variety of titles available when it comes to fiction and non-fiction (I believe). The curated playlists are all right but you’re better off searching for authors or narrators. Occasionally the ‘more by author’ doesn’t show all the titles either.
A bookmark function would be great as it doesn’t really resume where you left off, even though I saw it once but never after.
There is a sleep timer, a choice of listening speed, and a chapter list (which lists the cumulative audio length, which I find odd).
Initially, I found the Android app and downloaded it first but it’s a huge disappointment seeing as
- The installed version doesn’t respond when tapping on titles in search results.
- You can fix this by joining the beta program but this leads to constantly being signed out.
So I tried the iOS app. It’s much more functional and looks better as the Android app doesn’t show very well on my phone.
With the varied content and the availability of the service in my region, I can see myself subscribing to this audiobook service, though bugs on the Android app needs a good ironing out.