Stitcher’s a Webby Award Finalist – Vote to help us win!

We are very proud to announce our selection as a Webby Award nominee in the Mobile & Apps: Podcast category!  As one of 5 nominees, it’s a fantastic honor and we want to thank you for making it possible.

Here at Stitcher we are all massive fans of spoken word radio and podcasting, and collectively work every day to connect our listeners to the world’s best content. We are amazed at how creative our community is, and feel incredibly lucky to be working with the most talented podcasters out there to inform and entertain on a daily basis.

We need your help to win the Webbys People’s Voice Award!  The People’s Voice Award is an opportunity for the community to support their favorite apps and virtually high-five the people behind it.  Don’t leave us hanging!

If you love Stitcher, we’d appreciate you taking a minute to help us win. Just click here to cast your vote!

Thanks and Cheers,

The Stitcher Team

Apr11

Ten Stitcher for iOS Tips

As with any product launch, there are new features to check out and changes for new and long time listeners to digest and get used to.  With the latest Stitcher for iOS launch, an all new redesign, there’s a lot more than usual!  We’ve added some tips for upgrading and new users in the app itself but also wanted to provide some additional info here on our blog to help with the transition.  Here’s 10 Tips & Tricks to help you get the most out of Stitcher.

1.  Using the new Menu

One of the key changes to the new app is a change in the menu – from a dashboard style to a slide out panel on the left side of the app.  The main motivation for this change was to make it quicker and easier to get to your playlists.

> Tip:  Swipe left to right anywhere in the app to expand the menu and access your playlists.

2.  The New Front Page

The new My Front Page feature takes the curated news stories you are used to and adds in new episodes of your favorites as they become available and recommendations based on your past listening or even your location.  And that’s just the beginning – we’ll be adding more great stuff like what your friends are listening to over time.  As you use the app it gets smarter about what to put into this personalized audio feed.

> Tip:  Pull to refresh for the latest content and if you see stuff you like but don’t have time to listen to, tap Listen Later to add it to your Listen Later playlist.

3.  Player & Mini Player

In the new version of Stitcher, we wanted to make it easy to see and pause what’s now playing from anywhere in the app.  When something is playing, a mini player bar appears at the bottom of the screen with this information.  When you start up the app, it automatically loads whatever you were playing last so you can pick up where you left off.

> Tips:  Swipe up on the mini player to expand to full Now Playing view, swipe down on that view to collapse back to the mini player.  In the full Now Playing view, swipe the player controls up to access progress bar, volume, car mode and more.

4.  Episode cards

Episode “cards” are used throughout the app – on My Front Page, in the Now Playing view, as well as on Show Information pages.  They typically have the following elements:

- Top band with Show name – tap this to go directly to the Show Information page

- Image – either an episode specific image or a show image/album art

- Episode title & duration information

- Listen and Listen Later buttons

> Tip:  Tap an episode card to reveal the expanded episode description.

5.  Building a Playlist

For long time Stitcher listeners, managing your playlists should feel very familiar.  For new listeners, playlists allow you to create lists of your favorite shows that are always updated with the latest episode.  Playing a playlist plays the latest episode of each show in the list.  A few pointers:

- To add shows to your playlists, tap the + button wherever you see it

- To edit your playlists, tap the gear icon on any playlist, then tap Edit

- To set a playlist to download the latest episodes, tap the gear icon and turn ‘Available Offline’ ON

- To refresh a playlist to get the latest episodes, pull down on the list

> Tip:  Tap the description area to access additional episode details and options.  Tap the play button on the right side to start playing immediately.

6.  Show Information Pages

As you browse the app, you’ll find that each show (i.e. “Radiolab”) has its own “Show Information” page.  From these pages you can:

- See a list of current and previous episodes to listen to

- Add a show to a playlist (use the “+” button in the upper right)

- Add any episode to your Listen Later playlist

- Discover similar shows by tapping the “Listeners also like” section

> Tip:  Playing a past episode from the Show Information page will play that episode and then continue through unheard episodes from your selection through newest.  You can change this playback direction in Settings>General>PlayBack Behavior.

7.  Listen Later

We’ve made the Listen Later button available everywhere so it’s easier than ever to save episodes that look interesting when you don’t have time in the moment to listen.  Your Listen Later playlist is accessible in the menu.  Unlike your other playlists, Listen Later is a playlist of episodes (your other playlists are lists of Shows that play the latest episode of each).

> Tips: Tap the gear icon on the Listen Later playlist to set your playlist to download for offline listening or to Edit which allows you to reorder or delete episodes.

8.  Offline Listening

Stitcher allows you to download episodes in your playlists for offline listening (i.e. when you don’t have a Wi-Fi or cellular network data connection).  To enable any playlist for offline listening, tap the gear icon on a playlist or visit Settings>Offline Listening.

> Tip:  Stitcher downloads the most recent episode of the shows in your playlist (or your specific saved episode in the case of the Listen Later playlist) when you start the app.  Pulling to refresh on a playlist view will also check for and download new episodes.

9.  Heard or unheard?

The Play button is also designed to let you know whether you’ve heard an episode or not.  If it’s solid blue it’s unheard, if partially filled it is partially heard and if it is just a blue circle outline it’s fully heard.  Green variations mean that the episode has been downloaded for listening offline.

10.  Stitcher Plus

Stitcher Plus is our premium service that allows you to listen to Stitcher without additional banner or audio ads. Note however that we cannot remove ads that are added by the podcasters themselves. For only $5.99 you can listen to Stitcher ad-free for 3 full months.

> Tip:  Sign up for Stitcher Plus in the app by going to Settings in the menu and selecting “Stitcher Plus”.

Mar28

The All New Stitcher for iOS is here!

Last year we kicked off a project designed to incorporate everything we’ve learned about how listeners use our product and where we see the on demand radio space headed into a completely redesigned and reimagined Stitcher experience.  It’s something we’d been designing since well before that kick off and something we’re super excited to deliver to you today – the all new Stitcher for iOS.  At a high level we wanted to make Stitcher even more:


Simple > Make getting started easy, create a gradual discovery process for advanced functionality and remove unused features.

Personalized > Make it quicker and easier to access the content you already love and help you discover new content you’ll soon love.

Delightful > Build something delightful to use with compelling visual design, imagery and subtle but useful animations.


To help us achieve these goals, here are a few of the things we are launching in this new version:

  • My Front Page – We’ve reimagined the front page as your personal audio feed.  With new episodes from your favorites, recommendations based on your listening as well as headline news and trending stories, it lets you pop open Stitcher and instantly start listening to fresh, personalized content.
  • Simplified Navigation – Access your playlists with a single swipe from anywhere in the app.
  • Redesigned Player Controls – New Mini Player lets you always see and control what’s playing.  Swipe the Mini Player up to access the full Now Playing view, then swipe down to minimize.  You can now access car mode and sleep timer via the Now Playing screen.
  • Last Played – The new Mini Player automatically loads whatever you were playing last so you can jump right back in, right where you left off.
  • More Past Episodes – New show info pages let you access more past episodes than ever before – easily listen, share or save them to your Listen Later playlist.
  • Recommendations – Better recommendations, delivered to you on your Front Page as well as on individual show pages – for example discover what listeners of This American Life also like to listen to.
  • Simplified Playlists – Easier than ever to access, set for offline listening, and manage your favorite shows in playlists.
  • Designed for iOS7 – Visually refreshed to take advantage of iOS7 design cues and technologically refreshed to leverage underlying iOS7 technologies.
  • Listen Later – Easily add episodes from anywhere to your Listen Later playlist – from the Front Page, your playlists, and past episode lists.  Even set it to download for listening to these episodes offline.
  • Seamless Refresh – Stitcher seamlessly refreshes and now lets you pull to refresh so you always have the latest episodes available.
  • Refreshed iPad App – Oh yeah, a fully updated iPad app as well.

Let us know what you think at feedback@stitcher.com (appreciate feedback here instead of the App Store where we can’t follow up to help diagnose any issues) and check out our Tips & Tricks blog post to quickly get up to speed with the new version!

Thanks for listening!

The Stitcher Team

Mar28

Stitcher for Android Adds Unlimited Episodes + Listen Later

Today, Stitcher for Android is updated to include not just access to almost any episode of your favorite shows (even episodes from years ago) but also adds the ability for you to quickly add any episode to a ‘Listen Later’ playlist.

While browsing episodes on Stitcher, if you see something you like but don’t have time to listen at the moment, simply add it to  Listen Later by using the large icons or context menus.  These episodes will be saved to a new playlist accessible through your main navigation drawer.  Then come back and listen later when you have time. If you’ve ever used apps like Instapaper or Pocket, you’ll be familiar with this way of saving interesting content for later.  Start building your listening to-do list.

Download the latest Android update to get the following features:

  • Listen Later
  • Unlimited Past Episodes
  • Improved!  As usual, a number of bug fixes and performance improvements.

The free Stitcher App is available for all Android listeners and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stitcher.app&hl=en

Happy Listening,

The Stitcher Team

Feb21

Jan31

The 2nd Annual Stitcher Awards!

Over 500 of our favorite content producers, podcasters, and Stitcher listeners came out to celebrate the 2nd Annual Stitcher Awards tonight.  This was the culmination of over 230,000 votes that were cast for shows across 19 categories for 2013.  Nearly 3700 different shows were nominated!

We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the best of audio, podcasting and the revolution that is happening in radio. Congratulations to the winners as well as all the amazing nominees.  Here’s a list of the winners announced:

Best Food & Wine:   The Alton Browncast

Best Technology:  The Pocketnow Weekly

Best Business & Finance:  APM: Marketplace

Best Comedy:  Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast

Best Science & Medicine:   StarTalk

Best Sports Commentary:   NFL:  Around the League

Best Entertainment + Pop Culture:   SModcast >> Hollywood Babble-On

Best Investigative Reporting:   NPR: Planet Money

Best Health & Lifestyle:   Savage Lovecast

Best Educational + Learning:   Freakonomics Radio

Best Storytelling:   The Moth

Most Original Show:   Welcome to Night Vale

Best Interview of the Year:   WTF with Marc Maron with Dave Grohl

Best Society + Culture:  Slate’s Culture Gabfest

Best Music Commentary:  NPR: All Songs Considered

Best News + Politics:  BBC World Update: Daily Commute

Best Games + Hobbies:  Good Job, Brain!

Best New Show:  What Say You

Best Overall Show:  The Joe Rogan Experience

The Stitcher team wants to thank all of the great content providers we have worked with this year. Special thanks to our hosts and performers Good Job, Brain!,  Glynn Washington of Snap Judgement,  Mignon Fogarty of Grammar Girl, Ming Chen of SMod, Andrew Whitehead and Dan Damon of the BBC, and Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis of Dinner Party Download.

On to even bigger and better things in 2014!

The Stitcher Team

Jan30

Stitcher Launches on Volvo!

We’re excited to announce that Stitcher is now integrated with Volvo vehicles!  At CES this year, Volvo introduced “Sensus Connect”, the brand’s latest on-board infotainment system.  The cloud based system allows easy integration of Stitcher services and updates over time and is a first of its kind implementation for us.  Volvo has chosen a select set of partners for launch and fundamentally believes that car connectivity is not about providing thousands of apps but providing the best apps in each domain – we’re proud to be the only on demand talk radio focused partner at launch.

Volvo drivers will enjoy a fully integrated Stitcher Radio app experience in the car, delivering over 20,000 radio shows and live stations to customers around the globe. The integration allows listeners to access up-to-the-minute episodes of their favorite radio programs, create playlists of their favorites, and stream them directly to the vehicle’s infotainment system.

Over 40% of Stitcher listeners use Stitcher in the car, so we’re proud to partner with Volvo to deliver the best listening experience for drivers everywhere! At Stitcher we fundamentally believe that listening to what you want when you want, rather than on the schedule of traditional radio, is the future.

Stitcher is also available in over 50 GM (Chevy, Buick, GMC), Ford, BMW, MINI, Mercedes and Mazda models and is coming soon to 2014 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Happy Listening,

The Stitcher Team

Jan09

Jaguar, Land Rover Announce Stitcher Integration at CES

We’re excited to announce that Stitcher is partnering with Jaguar | Land Rover to bring Stitcher to their vehicles!  At CES this year, Jaguar | Land Rover announced their InControl Apps platform, coming to vehicles in 2014.  Jaguar | Land Rover has chosen a select set of partners that are best of breed and we’re honored to help deliver the best on demand talk radio content to their drivers this year.

Jaguar | Land Rover drivers will be able to enjoy a fully integrated Stitcher Radio app experience in the car, delivering over 20,000 radio shows and live stations to customers around the globe. The integration will allow listeners to access up-to-the-minute episodes of their favorite radio programs, create playlists of their favorites, and stream them directly to the vehicle’s InControl Apps system via their iPhone or Android device.

Over 40% of Stitcher listeners use Stitcher in the car, so we’re proud to partner with Jaguar | Land Rover to deliver the best listening experience for drivers everywhere! At Stitcher we fundamentally believe that listening to what you want when you want, rather than on the schedule of traditional radio, is the future.

Stitcher is also available in over 50 GM (Chevy, Buick, GMC), Ford, BMW, MINI, Mercedes, and Mazda models.  You can read more about the InControl Apps CES announcement and platform here.

Happy Listening,

The Stitcher Team

Jan08

Stitcher’s 2013 Year in Sound!

2013 was a year of iconic moments best remembered and celebrated in sound.  We created The 2013 Year in Sound as an interactive mix tape of the top stories, trends and pop culture phenomena that defined the year. We analyzed the total number of unique listens, social media metrics and transcription data in order to identify the most popular and viral content of the year.  From Lance Armstrong coming “clean” to the Boston Marathon Bombing to the Snowden NSA leak and of course Miley’s twerking, it was quite a year. Give it a listen here: http://www.stitcher.com/year-in-sound or in the Stitcher App.

Drawing on content from more than 20,000 partners, we’re hoping The 2013 Year in Sound gives you added perspective on the stories that people cared about this year.

Happy Listening,

The Stitcher Team

Jan07

Stitcher Adds Helpshift to Simplify Listener Support

We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with HelpShift to make it easier for listeners to get their questions answered and send feedback to the Stitcher team.

Now with HelpShift (already available in Stitcher’s iOS and Web apps – Android coming soon), listeners can quickly find answers to frequently asked questions, easily contact the Stitcher team with questions they don’t see already addressed, and conveniently track their correspondence in one easy thread, either within the app itself or in their email.

Here’s how to visit the FAQs or send feedback

  • iPhone: Access the updated FAQs from within the app via the Help button, located inside the app’s Settings. Listeners can either browse for issues by category or search for questions by entering keywords in the “Describe your problem” bar. If listeners aren’t able to find the answers they’re looking for, they can report an issue.
  • Web App: The new Stitcher FAQs are accessible by clicking the Feedback tab located on the lower left of the page, which will direct listeners to the comprehensive list of our FAQs, located at stitcher.com/faqs. To send the Stitcher Team a question, listeners can click the blue Contact Us button.
  • Android: An in-app version of these refreshed FAQs is coming soon in an update to the Stitcher app! But Android listeners can still send us questions and suggestions as usual, using the Feedback feature, accessed through the device’s Menu button while inside the Stitcher app.

This news is great for our content providers, too. Not only have we integrated the same HelpShift SDK into the Stitcher Provider Portal, HelpShift easily has doubled our overall feedback efficiency, so we’re able to learn about issues from listeners and providers alike sooner and attend to them faster.

We also encourage Stitcher listeners to drop us a line using this new feedback system whenever they have unique feature suggestions or questions that go beyond the technical scope.

As always – happy listening,

The Stitcher Team

Jan02

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