Great except... 4/5
By Kizzy J
Great app overall. I love the customizability. However, one complaint at the moment: whenever I open an Offline Listening playlist with podcasts already downloaded, go to Settings to turn on Airplane Mode, then back to the Stitcher app to listen to downloaded material, I get a pop-up saying, "Turn off Airplane Mode or use Wi-Fi to access data." This is annoying and shouldn't happen since my material has already been downloaded. Please fix!
look elsewhere... 2/5
Been trying out a couple of different podcast hosts. Stitcher is always failing or always the last to load newly uploaded episodes. Looks nice and easy to use but for some reason can't grab fresh episodes as quickly as the others.
Hot garbage 1/5
The title says it all. Nothing feels better than wanting to listen to all your favorite podcasts only to find a confusing interface, horrible search option, and sloppy audio quality. I was looking to catch up on one episode and it took about 10 minutes of scrolling to find it, then when I found it the audio was choppy in sections. It's not like podcast apps are something new, so I don't even understand how they could acquire all these podcast networks but have such an awful phone/desktop app. Avoid this app and don't support them. It's only a cash grab to make money off of a growing community. Support the podcaster instead of Stitcher.
Bottom of the Barrel 2/5
By 2 / 2 / 2
I try to avoid leaving negative reviews for apps, but this is truly one the worst UI of a widely-used app that I've seen. Like every detail feels designed to confuse and annoy.
If slow not at all user-friendly and hard to navigate. Howl had its flaws but it runs a lot better, definitely a smoother experience.
Horrible to Navigate 1/5
Terrible interface, difficult to navigate and use. Not intuitive at all. Have the designers of this ever used an app before?
Latest update would't authenticate with facebook. 5/5
I've updated my review.
5 Stars. They fixed the facebook authenticator issue within 24 hours.
Utter garbage, can't download episodes 1/5
This app is terrible - unintuitive interface, horrible search function, bad playback controls, and an annoying Siri-like robot (that you can't turn off as far as I can tell) that says "RESUMING EPISODE" in a voice that sounds as if she's having a stroke. It's like this thing was programmed by a bunch of extras from an ITT Tech commercial.
I only downloaded this and paid for premium to listen to old episodes of How Did This Get Made. Stitcher is the only way to listen to those episodes but, as good as the show is, it's not worth the headache of dealing with this app. You are SUPPOSED to be able to download episodes and listen to them offline - however, this feature DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. The episodes say they've been downloaded but will still buffer and use up data. If you delete them and try to redownload, you can't! Unbelievable.
Perhaps Earwolf can create a new comedy podcast dedicated to what a bad joke this app is. Please hire better programmers ASAP to fix this buggy mess.
Should be better by now 3/5
These guys are like the AOL of podcasts. They even call it "Stitcher Radio" to con dummies into thinking they invented podcasting or that it is a radio subscription. Neither is true.
This is a review for "Stitcher Premium", the paid app service.
*Some exclusive content (not much)
*Some commercial free content (not nearly as much as you think. Still many, many commercials on what I listen to)
*Variable speed algorithm seems smoother than on other players
*Can search within shows OR episodes. If you are following certain guests or topics, this is nice.
*FF/ Rwd is only available in 30/30
*When you hit back orforward on your speaker or headphones it skips or backs up to previous podcast, not 30 seconds ahead or back. Major, major deal breaker for me.
*No feature to eliminate silence. On my main player (pocket Casts , have eliminated 30 HOURS with that feature alone. Adds up.
*Ads, like everywhere else unless it is a stitcher original or there is some deal with the podcaster. I just skip ads on other players. No big deal.
The future of podcasting will not be monetized.
I downloaded stitcher so I could try it out as I have been testing which podcast app works best. Upon downloading stitcher, I am met with a horrible interface that is just too clunky to navigate. I then tried to load an episode, but the app goes into an infinite buffer in which I can't listen to any of my podcasts. The app support says to restart the iPhone and I tried that but it still keeps buffering.
Not functional 1/5
By HS John
Lately, the app hasn't been opening at all; when it did open, episodes would frequently be "unavailable" and the search function is amazingly terrible. I am truly baffled by how poorly search works.
Useless Application 1/5
I have used Stitcher to listen to podcasts since 2014. This last update forces you to try and sign in but it totally denied my access. It's as if they are trying to force you to sign up and pay for their Premium service. Why would I risk paying for Premium when the free version works so poorly? Thankfully, I have an iPad so I delegated Stitcher and I am using the iPad Podcast to stream the shows I like for free. Stitcher has become useless so I will never use it again. This will be the final deathnell of this lousy app forever and they deserve it. Good Bye Stitcher, you stink.
App is terrible 1/5
Why are you putting suggested podcasts in my feed and logging me out of the app?
Worse with every update 1/5
By Kt kapow
I've used stitcher for years and while the interface has never been the most friendly it did it's job. Every update seems to make it slower and clunkier. Suddenly I'm completely locked out. It's asking me to login. But claims after years of use that it doesn't recognize my email address. Won't let me create a new account. Just like that I'm locked out. I guess it's back to apples default podcast app.
This app was always bad. Now with the latest update, it won't recognize my login for stitcher premium. That I paid extra for.
So now it is absolutely useless.
new forced sign in renders it unusable 1/5
After all my settings were erased, could not register this garbage after error message 'cannot connect.' Deleted app from all devices—'good riddance, but will surely miss the idiotically unctuous "resuming episode" cooing.
Deleted my account 1/5
So I really loved using this app but they just randomly deleted my account. I've also had issues where the app just stopped working. Or forgot all my favorites. So I'm just going to use a different one.
What is going on?????? 1/5
By seagull fox
Have used the happily app for years!! New update removed my log in, and now it does not recognize my email. All my playlists are gone.
Can't log in. The app says there is no account associated with my email. So I try to register a new account. It can't connect. That's not a very good error message. It has me worried my account is hacked. In the meantime I can't access my account. Your error handling should first check to see if there is s valid connection. If there is no connection I won't waste my time trying to figure out why I can't login. I now know that I can't login because someone in IT should be fired for whatever they did wrong last night. It worked fine yesterday. Very annoyed. A five star app when it works.
Over it... 1/5
By bitter betty
I have used this app for years, but after the last update, I'm moving on to something else. Stitcher has major problems every few months. It's like they feel the need to update (and break) things as soon as they fix the last round of problems. It may not be their fault, but I'm not sticking around to find out how long this outage lasts.
Premium option making a mess 1/5
**updated: the app suddenly broke. Doesn't work at all.
** new update added seizure-inducing flashing BUY PREMIUM box that messes up the whole app experience.
Like another review said, SHUT UP WITH ORIGINAL EXCLUSIVE CONTENT. Nobody asked for that. That's like Ford trying to bundle exclusive roads with their cars. Just build a good car. The road is already there.
Also please add 3x playback speed. I can't bear listening to these shows in what feels like slow motion after listen fast on other apps.
App used to be great 1/5
Then they kept on making changes to monetize it more and now it is total garbage. Do not download.
Kicked me out! 2/5
The app isn't recognizing my email address and won't let me sign in
Why can't I just use Howl?! 1/5
I bought premium to Howl so I could listen to as many Earwolf podcasts as my little heart desired. I put off switching to Stitcher for as long as I could and I just want to go back! I WANT TO GO BACK! This app is garbage. The search doesn't work. The playlists I curated on Howl of course didn't transfer over and I would have to manually go through seasons upon seasons to find the specific episodes again. I haven't figured out how (or if?!) I can mark individual episodes as favorites. WHY DID I HAVE TO COME HERE?! I hate it. I hate it so much.
Complete garbage 1/5
I only use it bc of earwolf subscription and I hate it
Not worthwhile 1/5
By sluggish welt
It doesn't update the latest episodes. There are gaps in dates for most of the podcasts I listen to. No problem with Spotify which is where I now go.
What is going on? 1/5
I've been a subscriber to stitcher For a couple of years now. I'm a subscriber to premium, but lately I'm wondering if I should continue my subscription. At this moment it's down, this morning on my commute it was down. lately stitcher is down more often then up; what is happening?
The app is so finicky 1/5
I'll be in a place with good wifi and it's take 5 minutes for the app to load and play my podcast it's ridiculous how awful this app is
If it goes into offline mode you might as well just give up on listening
Current update awful 1/5
Current app update makes the app totally unusable. It intermittently turns off. I'll be looking elsewhere for my podcasts
This was supposed to be an upgrade to the Howl app but it is soooo much worse. The search feature is awful and there's no way to favorite podcasts so you have to search for them every single time. Also it's impossible to manage your howl subscription
😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 I just want to listen to earwolf podcasts in peace. I can't even find them on this garbage app full of garbage. Fix it, please. Make it better.
Truly abysmal 1/5
It's truly astounding that this app is unable to reliably provide even the most basic services: podcasts can't download, aren't updated regularly, can't be found using the search function, don't always notify you when new episodes are released, and often have playback issues. They've somehow managed to scre up every single part of the podcast experience from start to finish.
Horrible interface 1/5
The search function is terrible. It doesn't search for episodes even though it has a tab that claims it does. Looking for a particular guest on your favorite podcast? Too bad, Jocko. Sometimes after finishing an episode, it plays the next chronologically. Sometime it decides on a completely different podcast. I finished an episode of a comedy podcast and it started a podcast about makeup. That's absurd! In addition, it's frustrating that backlogs of podcasts I like are no longer available for free, but hidden behind a paywall of a terrible app I don't want to use. Yuck. Stitcher, get your stuff together.
Go to app 1/5
By 90's child
After loading lastest update, the App will not open. Restated iPhone, WiFi connection is full and still nothing. It's a same, before this I loved the app. If it doesn't get fixed soon, I'm going to have to find some other app for podcasts.
I was so excited to subscribe to premium so I could get older episodes of Comedy Bang Bang. This app is garbage. Searching for individual episodes just doesn't work. I wanted the episode from March 2012 titles "Time Bobby." I search "Time Bobby." And I just get a link to the podcast's channel, not to the episode I want. I had to scroll through every single episode to get back to March 2012, which means waiting for the older episodes to load on the list before I could keep scrolling. Honestly, it's kept me from browsing through old shows to listen to some old grepisodes, which is the ONLY reason I subscribed.
GET IT TOGETHER STITCHER. THIS CANT BE THAT HARD.
Doesn't play my favorites like before 3/5
By Hawaii listener
Before updates, only my favorites would play by default when the app is first opened. Now, any old thing comes on after one of my favorite podcasts is done.
I don't write app reviews, but this app is such a piece of garbage I felt obligated to say something. The search is worthless, it doesn't save your listen later selections, it is not user friendly and cumbersome.
mostly decent, but often frustrating 1/5
coming from howl.fm but I've used stitcher in the past and had a lot of frustrations. currently, resuming some podcasts fails if the app is backgrounded for too long, saying the podcast is no longer available. switching to another podcast and back again fixes it, so clearly it's still available. the stream is super slow up update after changing your playlists. if you remove a podcast, it still shows up in the stream for a while.
update: I am just completely confounded by this most recent bug... I paused in the middle of the most recent episode of a podcast (Hollywood Handbook) and when I resumed a couple days later, it resumed another earlier episode that had the same name... But get this, it resumed in the same position (mid-episode) and the episode list showed that the recent one was playing back. This suggests they're doing a title search or something instead of unique ids per episode... I have so little confidence in this company. Very disappointed...
The app started stuttering. When a podcast is playing and the screen is turned on or off with the power button, the last second plays a few times like a stutter
The herd with Colin cowherd 5/5
By This cv
Can you please update the herd with Colin cowherd show
Spotty at best. 2/5
By Dee Taber
I downloaded stitcher a few months back and I've had nothing but trouble. I was listening to a podcast in my car not more than 10 minutes ago. I came into my house where the wifi is strong and attempted to continue listening to the same podcast. It's been buffering for 8+ minutes. I've tried restarting the app, pausing then playing, turning off the wifi, etc with no luck. This happens at least two times a week.
I also find the design a little annoying. In order to dig into past episodes of a podcast, there's a lot of scrolling and waiting while the list loads. I should mention that I have an iPhone 7 with up to date software. I don't think my issues are related to my phone.
I pay for stitcher premium because I listen to podcasts all day at work however I am very close to cancelling my subscription and returning to the Apple podcast app.
The only positive is they have back episodes of certain podcasts that aren't available on the Apple podcast app.
Longtime user- works for me! 5/5
I've been using Stitcher since 2011. I find it simple and intuitive to use. I like how I can create categories and add individual episodes to a Listen Later list so I can listen non-stop while walking or driving. I've only tried the Apple podcast app and found it too limited in options. Maybe there are better apps but I'm satisfied with this one for now.
Awful app. Howl was better 1/5
Episodes constantly saying they aren't available and I have to force restart the app to get it to play. Wish we could have just stayed with Howl
Former Howl User 1/5
This app is awful. I won't be resubscribing as a premium member because I can't easily access the content I want. I loved Howl and being able to search the Comedy Bang Bang archives by year. This set up is so bad, I can't find the episodes I want and it takes forever to load because I have to scroll down through every single episode trying to find episodes from prior years. The rest of the app is clumsy at best and I have downloaded things to listen to later that simply don't work. I went over my data last month not realizing I was still streaming things I thought I had downloaded. F-, two thumbs down, do not recommend, will be deleting and going back to the Apple podcast app.
A terrible app that's difficult to navigate. I only use it to hear Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast mini eps and it's almost not worth it. Good job of selling out, Earwolf.
Good App 5/5
By Crying hill
I don't know why the current version has so many bad reviews. It's a great app, I've been using it for years.
Still the best 5/5
By i g z
My daily app. Love the feature set: searching for specific episodes, car mode, sorting my playlists by unheard, listen later! I use listen later exclusively to add individual episodes to a playlist, and download them instead of streaming. Brilliant. Also, whenever I have issues or suggestions, it's very easy to email the developer.
Buggy, frustrating experience - great 'tent 2/5
Lots of potential but I wish this app would take a step back and fix the core experience. Bugs and issues managing downloads and locating content. Occasional issues with streaming playback.
Bad move 1/5
Like many others, I am disappointed with the forced migration from Howl to Stitcher. I enjoyed having the Howl app as a separate app for premium content only since I'm already subscribed to so many other podcasts on other apps and it gets messy. The layout of the Stitcher app is an eyesore. Navigating is inefficient. I show as subscribed to Premium, but still have banners suggesting a free trial. However, the biggest issue is that playback fails EVERY TIME I pause a show for a few minutes or leave the app. Then you have to go back to the episode page and play again, at which point the show will resume at a time code several minutes earlier than where it was paused. I also miss the guest and studio pictures and descriptions that were attached to each episode on Howl. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Delete it 1/5
This app is the most confusing podcast app ever. I just deleted it.