Worse than iTunes 1/5
By Not Dan Didio
The interface is as unintuitive and cluttered as possible and I can't even get the channels to load anymore.
I pay for premium and don't get to listen to any podcasts because the app does not work.
And if you like privacy don't ever give them your credit card number because they will keep it forever and not give you the option to delete it from their site.
Never really understood it 2/5
Maybe I just didn’t get how this app worked but I’d download a bunch of podcasts to listen to during a 6 hour drive that I regularly take. If I didn’t listen to them within a couple days it seemed that the downloads would disappear. I got sick of fighting with the app so I went back to the one on my iPhone.
Please Allow Sorting! 3/5
Stitcher has always been a considerably good option for podcast listeners; after opening up Stitcher Premium, it’s become a lot more of a platform that I use, as well. They update it often, in useful ways, and the developers listen to those that use the app, which is always a huge boon.
The reason I didn’t give it five stars, though, is because, when I try to listen to certain podcast archives, like Never Not Funny, I can’t sort it in reverse order. I’m trying to listen to a few podcasts from the start, and since they have hundreds at this point, it can be kind of inconvenient to have to scroll through each of them just to reach season one, and it makes me want to not do it at all! If they could organize these archives like Comedy Bang! Bang! is organized, or at least allow sorting between Oldest to Newest and vice-versa, it’d really impact my use of the app.
If this gets fixed, I’ll change the review to 5 stars! Thank you guys for all you do!
No customer support 2/5
When i first got the app, with stitcher premium back in either Sep or Aug, things were great. Loved it. However a few podcasts in my favorites playlist refused to update on my feed to show they had been updated with new episodes. Despite showing proof of this problem via screencap I was told theres nothing they could do because of how rare the problem is.
Soonafter i cancelled my stitcher premium but resubscribed beginning of Feb. Despite being charged and their system showing me having premium status, the app itself refuses to recognize the status. Ive been waiting for about a week for a response. I think im going back to itunes podcast app...
Resuming episode... 2/5
Honestly, my biggest gripe is the completely unnecessary “resuming episode” voice that tells me what I already know. I don’t need audible confirmation of this.
On the flip side, maybe add MORE to this feature. Have a voice tell me when I do anything in the app. Continue to support the voice over industry by paying another British woman to tell me when I’ve “Unsubscribed to Premium”, for example.
Also, the failure of the app to support custom URL’s keeps me from making this my default podcast app. Many of the featured shows in the app also have Patreon supported content you cannot listen to in app as a result.
Based on developer responses to reviews I do believe they’re trying to address the issues with bugs and some unintuitive interface things, so please please please give me a way to turn off that voice and add custom feeds. Thanks!
Big Mike 3/5
By Doc Smiles
Listen for years however many problems with car play and failing to sync. I am forced to move to another app for podcast.
I use Stitcher for hours every day 5/5
I’m addicted to podcasts and I find that Stitcher has all I need to organize, order, download and listen to them online and offline. They keep improving it and when they made a change nobody liked, they fixed it within weeks. This is my go to app.
Great when it doesn’t crash 3/5
I really like the Stitcher app but it constantly freezes on me. Let’s say for example I start a podcast, then take a break, exit the app, and return 30 minutes later. Once I return, it is almost always frozen. It just sits there and does nothing. I have to power down and restart my phone in order to get the app out of this state. I’m using an iPhone 7, and my software is always updated. I was hoping that the latest Stitcher update would address this but no luck :(
Constant blinking 2/5
Update now causes blinking constantly on BMW X3's screen. Buffering refreshes constantly. No problems before. Others seem to have the same issue.
Still Not Good 2/5
Doesn’t recognize my Howl subscription. Also, just generally doesn’t work well. Still sticking with Howl.
Deleted Nearly 200 Podcasts Without Any Warning 1/5
I subscribed to stitcher premium for how did this get made only. It's the literal only reason i used this garbage app. Payed the 4.99 a month for 'premium' so i could have access to the entire library of HDTGM only for the app to delete every single episode i downloaded for no reason. Thanks for nothing. I'll be sure to avoid this app in the future.
Updates have made it better 4/5
With the updates I am able to download and listen later. The download are again in order of that makes the podcast flow oldest to newest.
I've been using there free version for many years. I think that this app has the best search function. Sticher offers so much subjects and downloads that is easily searchable. On the topics that you want to listen to.
Crashes whenever I try to cast to chrome cast
I want to love this app 1/5
But until it can work without constantly giving me the “connection error” when trying to open, it doesn’t seem worth it to use this app.
Needs a lot of work. 1/5
Every time I tell the app to play podcasts OLDEST to newest. It doesn’t even follow those settings.
No matter what it played Newest to oldest.
Why would I want that??
And the download settings are a mess too. I have recordings it just won’t let me delete after I’ve listened to them.
App is a mess. I’ll give more stars when you actually make the app functional. I never have any of these problems with the Podcast app.
My 1 star review is based on the app. I enjoy Stitcher premium very much. But the app makes it such a complicated hassle.
Updates Are Great 5/5
I’ve been using the app for a couple of years, and the recent updates continue to improve the app. The new navigation by seasons/years is particularly useful.
Cheers, Stitcher 5/5
This new interface makes listening to podcast such a joy. Puts other podcast apps to shame, esp. Apple’s.
Was my go-to, but now not sure 4/5
I preferred Stitcher for many years, and I did not mind the ads (as others have lamented). But this fall/winter, the app refused to recognize my account and the reset password options didn’t work. I suspect something temporarily buggy, but it was enough to make me give up. The new user interface is inferior to the old one (although still better than some other competitors). I’m not here for all this scrolling. And what is with the random podcasts they keep pushing in the feed? I listen to podcasts precisely because I don’t have time or the ability to read an article or pay tremendous attention to my phone (e.g. driving, mornings, etc.). If I want Tumblr-style experience, I can download that app.
It great me love it 5/5
Always on 24/7 365 .1 😍
Great access to pod casts 4/5
Latest update caused me to restart my phone to get out of edit mode to listen x 2 has not lately recurred.
Whole Lotta Bugs 1/5
Great app 5/5
Best app for quick news and podcast. Been using for years and it's great
Devoted Stitcher Listener 5/5
Stitcher shows how many hours you’ve listened using the app. I’m coming up on 7000 hours. It is my GO TO app for podcasts.
I love that I can customize lists. I have one for the dozens of True Crime podcasts I listen to, one for news, one for history, one for fictional series and several others. Plus you can search for content in show notes and show titles, so when you suddenly need to know about that one thing, you’ve got a bunch of options.
Auto download is my fave new feature.
Since 2005 5/5
Wow time flies, almost 13yrs enjoying my progressive shows. Love you Stitcher App
Better Feaures than Apple Podcasts 4/5
Apple Podcast is now a train wreck. Stitcher is easier to use, it keeps your stuff organized. Only downfall is it won't allow you to save many episodes without paying.
Not an update!!!! 5/5
Love this app. Listened over 850 hours with it, but the new app update does not work with Mini/BMW screen control system. Please fix!
Great service, great interface improvements 5/5
By Frustrated loyal reader
Love the new interface, with easily accessible episode info and controls. I have just one item left on my wishlist: Please give me a setting to ALWAYS stop at the end of a podcast. I can’t be the only one who uses podcasts to fall asleep to, and the sleep setting, that i have to reset each podcast, is buried too deep and a pain to set for every episode.
Love this podcast app 5/5
Easy to use, never crashes. My favorite podcast app
Constant Blinking on Mini/BMW connected display 2/5
After the last update the App when playing in a Mini/BMW connected infotainment display, now blinks constantly! This is ridiculous and has to be addressed. Please fix. Used to be a good/stable app until it was updated.
Episodes not playing/receiving an error message 1/5
I subscribed to premium so I could listen to Profesor Blastoff, which has been put behind a pay-wall. Now only the last (latest) 5 or 10 episodes will play. All other episodes return an error message that It is not available at this time. Ridiculous, I didn’t get premium so that I I could listen 5-10 out of hundreds of episodes.
Needs quality of life improvements 3/5
No lock screen support, so I have to unlock my phone to pause/play. Doesn’t have an icon in the control center, either. Do not support Patreon RSS feeds which means I still need to use my old podcatcher (Pocket Casts - which I prefer but like the original content on Stitcher Premium) for those feeds.
Quit updating app as you're breaking it 1/5
Stitcher use to be the best app on the app store when it came to offline listening to podcasts but not so much anymore. Needs an internet connection just to open even if all I listen to is downloaded for offline listening, like on an airplane.
I hope they fix it as right now it's broken.
Future looks bright 5/5
Stitcher has been historically troubled, but the dev team made big strides recently. The app is increasingly content focused and includes niche features I love (as an audio fiction nerd) like chronological episode play and a sleep timer.
It’s alright. 3/5
A problem with the app is I can’t change my account’s email address. The option doesn’t do anything when I tap my email address like it’s supposed to.
Buggy unintuitive mess 1/5
Confusing user experience. For what it is supposed to do, was functional until a week ago. Now refuses to load my subscription/playlist.
Feature Requests 3/5
By Charlie Glass
I really love the UI and UX of this app, but it would be great with the following updates.
1. Smart speed and vocal boost - auto speed up the playback to reduce gaps and shorten podcast lenghts. Auto boost the volume of podcasts.
2. Update Bluetooth controls - update the controls to include short press (advance or rewind) and long press to skip or go back an episode.
Love the app and thanks for the updates! 5/5
Already loved the app because it lets me play the first episode of a podcast and continuously play through from old to new. I LOVE the new “Downloads” page! Much needed. And I have had some issues with Apple CarPlay at times so I’m glad to see you guys are working on improving car integration! Keep up the work.
Clunky interface and lots of bugs 2/5
I used Overcast for the last year, but I decided to give Stitcher a chance to see if I liked it better. After about two months usage, I can definitely say I don’t.
Let me preface my criticisms with how I usually listen to podcasts. I’m either driving in the car or laying in bed with my kids, so usage of the phone is difficult, as my hands are either on the steering wheel or under each kid’s head.
Clicking on the podcast cover from the favorites screen to look at other episodes is annoying, because if you miss it by a nanometer, you’re reading the episode info. Then, once you get into the episodes, it’s more and more clicks. It works, but it takes a while to get used to and more clicks means more time clicking instead of listening.
Automatic downloads are not reliable. Sometimes they show up and sometimes they don’t. If I don’t want an episode to download, often times, I have to cancel a download several times in a row to make it truly stop downloading.
I also don’t like how it chooses your next podcast. If there’s some system to how it chooses what it plays next—I don’t know what it is and don’t want to spend the time to figure it out.
What bugs me the most is the lack of headphone remote controls. Since I generally don’t want to use my hands to manipulate the phone, I used the headphone remote controls on Overcast heavily. Two short clicks is 30 seconds ahead (great for the in-podcast commercials I’ve heard a thousand times) and three short clicks is 15 seconds back, which I use a LOT to catch things I’ve missed due to a kid talking, etc. I’ve looked in FAQ’s, searches online and there’s no information on the remote controls being available. It does work for pausing and sometimes I get sent to some other episode of a podcast in my list, but the functionality is not what it should be.
All in all, I’m going to be a ditcher of Stitcher.
I love you and I’m in love with you. 5/5
I love you and I’m in love with you.
Was good until update 2/5
By Willie The Great
Was 5 stars until recently. Has been a user for years and the app was excellent until a few months ago. Now the autoplay is terrible where it doesnt always play, plays wrong part, or does not continue after first broadcast. I tried to reinstall app but it didnt work. Please fix
Non-stop crashing 2/5
By jp morgan xiii
This app has worked well until the past week (Jan 15, 2018). Now it crashes non-stop; I need to completely cancel the app and start it back up up again only to have it crash again. I cannot even look up a show using search function without it freezing completely and then it crashes. I am hoping this is just a bug that can be fixed, but there has been no new patch or update. I would like to continue to pay for the monthly service, but not if it keeps acting up like it has been all week. Please fix soon.
Already tried deleting app and reinstalling, but that, too, has not worked.
Used to love this app until they broke it. 1/5
The one thing this app should be able to do is playback podcasts. I’m tired of it losing my place, will be switching podcast apps.
My only problem with app is no longer can use my schools Internet and similar app can
Just the worst 1/5
This is quite honestly the worst app I’ve ever used. I switched from Howl Premium to Stitcher premium because they wouldn’t shut up about it on Earwolf. The app is incredibly difficult to navigate. Finding my favorite podcasts has never been more difficult. I don’t have access to WiFi at work, so before I leave home, I like to download a few episodes to listen to throughout my day. For some unknown reason, the podcasts indicate that they have been downloaded, but after I listen to one, all the others delete. This is pure garbage and I believe I’m canceling Stitcher premium. It’s just not worth the hassle.
Too much space! 2/5
By i care about storage space
I actually like this app, but suddenly it's taking up over a gig of space on my phone which is inexcusable. Deleted.
Many podcasts don’t load 2/5
This has been a great app for awhile, however I been having issues with podcasts failing to load and play. Looking elsewhere to stream podcasts and will not become a subscriber.
Recent Changes = Very Poor Result 1/5
Recent changes to the app have made is unusable! It freezes every time you select a function. I get so tired of restarting app, Im ready to switch.
Development team responsible appear to have been asleep.
Ok, but form over function lately 3/5
By Katy Fan
Case in point, it’s impossible to fast forward/ rewind with my adult fingers. Also the time labels are impossible to read under most conditions.
Many features don’t work. For example, doesn’t save episodes, doesn’t track episodes you have listened to, doesn’t restart episodes where you left off, doesn’t play next as requested and it crashes on a semi-frequent basis. Overall, a terrible app. The only reason I have this app is to get access to content only available through Stitcher. If there was ANY other option, I would take it. I’ve never had so many problems with an app.
Subscription Trick 1/5
Heads up, be very careful if you are doing a month trial. They will automatically charge you for an annual subscription at the end of it. I canceled mid month but apparently it didn’t go through and they charged me for the whole year and will not refund.