Stitcher Radio is one of my favorite free mobile applications. Stitcher allows you to choose from over 10,000 shows, podcasts, and live radio stations. You can browse by topic, category, or search by interest. I listen on my way to work and when I am traveling. This allows me to learn new things and find out whats going on in the news. I think of it as my own personal commuter university.
FEATURES: With Stitcher radio you can create custom stations of interest, with your favorite shows and podcasts inside those stations. While you are streaming content Stitcher provides listings to previous shows, and recommendations for other shows of your interest. One of the newest features is the ability to share your favorite shows with your Facebook friends. The Stitcher App offers a feedback button; it is located in the menu of the now playing screen. I think the feedback button shows Stitchers great dedication to their user. The greatest feature of Stitcher Radio is, all of this content is available without syncing or downloading anything to your phone. All content is updated as soon as the publisher/provider produces new content.
USER INTERFACE: Stitcher has a very simple and smooth UI. When you open Stitcher, you will start with five options: Election Center, On Demand Shows, Live Radio, Front Page, and My Favorites. From there you proceed into those categories and choose your content. Then once you are in the now playing screen you have many options:
- Back Up 30 sec.
- Progress Bar/Slider
- Social Sharing
- Thumbs Up
- Thumbs Down
- Mark As Favorite
- Other Podcast Suggestions
- Past Episodes
CONNECTIVITY: I have very little trouble with Stitcher loosing signal or freezing up; due to connectivity issues. If signal is lost and restarting the App is necessary Stitcher remembers where It was in that podcast and content resumes.
SUGGESTIONS: There is one feature that I wish Stitcher would add. That is the ability to manually mark the podcasts in my favorites section as, listened to. There are some cases in which I start listening to a podcast without finishing it. It may be a podcast I listen to regularly and it will still appear to have fresh content if I do not listen all the way through.
Do you have a great App that I should know about? Do you have the next great App idea? If so please send me an email of your Apps or Ideas. Who do you know that needs the Stitcher App. Does your spouse or boss need to go to their own commuter university? If so share this article with them.