Stitcher earns bragging rights

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:25am

Specialization has benefits, for consumers and business. Stitcher, a listening app dedicated to podcasts and talk radio shows, announced that its mobile app has been downloaded over 12-million times, and its catalog now contains over 20,000 shows.

Other platforms include a focus on talk, including TuneIn, iHeartRadio (which has been building up its Talk section recently) and Apple’s podcast app for iOS. Stitcher’s dedication to the category is paying off in usage metrics, and also provides a more refined in-app experience for anyone for whom talk is as important as music (or more important).

The Stitcher app encourages music-style customization -- favoriting, playlisting, sharing, and a back-end intelligence that learns the user’s taste over time. The result is a high level of discovery in the talk realm, and a rewarding level of control.

Stitcher’s press release quotes an executive at Libsyn, an unaffiliated podcast hosting platform: ““From our metrics, Stitcher appears to be the largest platform for listening on Android and second largest on iOS behind only Apple." On the revenue side, Stitcher’s ad earnings have grown 75 percent year-over-year.

Stitcher adds Topic Search to iOS app, rehauls Android app

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:15pm

With a new update to its iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app, Stitcher has launched its new "Topic Search" feature, which allows users to discover and search "trending topics" across more than 15-thousand talk radio shows and podcasts.

The Stitcher app delivers personalized news, sports, talk, and non-music entertainment audio on-demand, directly to mobile devices.

"Listeners will now be able to easily discover topic based audio at their fingertips, across a vast range of sources and episodes," said Noah Shanok, CEO of Stitcher. "We see this as part of our mission to further the evolution of radio by making it more relevant and accessible than ever."

Stitcher has also given its Android app a complete redesign, with better Google integration and content discovery.

Read more on the app updates in Stitcher's press release here and in 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.

Roles for both traditional radio and new tech in ReadWriteWeb's view of radio in the future

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:05pm

The ReadWriteWeb blog counts podcast aggregator Stitcher, plus Pandora, Clear Channel, Spotify, and NPR "five companies that will define the future of radio."

It's through efforts like partnerships with automakers, battling for royalty reform, a third party app platform (Spotify), cross-platform availability, and APIs for other products that ReadWrite says will prove to be part of the formula for these companies' success.

"Under-the radar" upstarts like, the Hype Machine, SoundCloud, and The Echo Nest get "honorable mention" nods.

Read the blog here.

RAIN quick hits: More news that's worthy

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 11:10am

Stitcher, most known for its podcast- and spoken word radio mobile apps, has launched a fully-featured HTML5 web app that syncs with the mobile apps, as well as a player widget for browsers. Access the new web app here.

A Forbes contributer suggests three reasons she thinks Pandora could "stare down Apple if it indeed is launching a streaming radio service" here.

Speaking of Apple's rumored "iRadio," "if the future is also about location-based advertising... iRadio could bolster Apple's offer to brands by adding value to Passbook and Maps, two products that already combine brands/advertising and local," says BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield (as reported by here).

With Internet radio becoming more and more of a mobile experience, we thought you'd be interested to see The Media Audit's "Five Characteristics of Mobile Internet Users" here.

Several models of new Pioneer in-dash receivers include "MixTrax," the company's "automated DJ and playlist software (which) analyzes your music library and creates custom mixes that play back while you drive," reports CNet. Read more here.  

Senzari, the Miami-based international webcaster (we've covered them here) has acquired the company behind, which "turns music on iPhones into net radio stations available globally and to others nearby." There's more in Hypebot here.

Finally, you and your "buds" can have an iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio listening party with BudtoBud, an app that turns an account on these services into a mulit-user "listening room." Eliot Van Buskirk at has more 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).

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