Personalized podcast delivery app Swell raises $5.4 million

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 11:30am

Swell is a new iOS mobile app (it just launched late last month) that makes podcast/spoken word listening a more radio-like, "lean-back" experience based on your preferences.

The company has now announced it's raised $5.4 million in Series A funding.

Swell has partnered with content sources like NPR, American Public Media, and ABC News. It also includes podcasts from the BBC, CBC, Comedy Central, TED Talks, and more. Tech Crunch wrote (here): "When we wrote about Stitcher’s growth last year, we said it was starting to sound like 'the Pandora of talk radio.' Stitcher, however, actually follows more of an on-demand model — you choose what you want to listen to (although there are also content recommendations). Swell, on the other hand, is closer to the Pandora experience, where you just open the app, hit play, and interesting content should immediately start streaming."

Find Swell here. TechCrunch has more, including a video walk-thru, here.

TuneIn to launch webcast of best bits from The Adam Carolla Show podcast

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 11:10am

Streaming aggregator and tuning service TuneIn is launching a curated "24/7" channel featuring the week's best content from The Adam Carolla Show. The Backbone Internet radio service will deliver this stream.

TuneIn also announced it will stream other shows from Carolla Digital, including ACE On The House, For Crying Out Loud, CarCast, This Week With Larry Miller, Penn's Sunday School with Penn Jillette, The Adam and Drew Show and The Dr. Drew Podcast.

Carolla launched his popular podcast after his broadcast home changed formats (see more in RAIN here).

Stitcher reviews news of 2012 with Year in Sound

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 1:15pm

Podcast aggregator Stitcher analyzed compiled listening stats, social media metrics, and transcription data of the news clips it carried in the past year to identify the most popular and viral content of 2012. It's now assembled the information as Stitcher's Year in Sound 2012.

Listeners can listen and recall the year's biggest news events month-by-month online and via the company's mobile apps.

See Stitcher's Year in Sound here.

Stitcher announces finalists in podcast awards

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:10pm

Stitcher, which aggregates podcasts and non-music radio and audio content, has announced the finalists for its first annual Stitcher Awards (first covered in RAIN here).

News organizations dominate the nominations. NPR received the most nods, with other top finalists including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, KCRW, BBC Radio and The Wall Street Journal.

Stitcher picked six finalists for each of 20 different categories, based on the more than 55-thousand listener votes. Through November 5th, listeners can vote for their favorites from among the finalists. Stitcher will name the winners in December at the first annual Stitcher Awards ceremony, to be held in San Francisco.

You can see a list of all the finalists here (note, you'll need to "Like" Stitcher on Facebook to see the nominees and vote).

Stitcher announces awards to recognize best in podcast and on-demand content

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 11:35am

Podcast aggregation service Stitcher announced this week the first annual Stitcher Awards, to recognize "the best and brightest of on demand radio and podcasts for 2012."

The company is asking listeners to nominate their favorite content in 20 separate categories. Nominations are open until October 19, after which finalists will be announced. Stitcher will then host a 2012 Stitcher Awards show in San Francisco for the winners.

Nominate your favorites here

Stitcher update adds offline mode to iOS app

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 12:35pm

Stitcher Radio has added an "offline mode" to its iPhone and iPad mobile apps.

Stitcher is the on-demand internet radio service focused on news and talk radio and podcasts.

The update allows a listener to download over 10,000 radio shows and listen when there's no available data connection. There's apparently also a new comments system and improvements to Facebook sharing, searching, and AirPlay compatibility.

Read more from Engadget, including the press release, here

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