Had high hopes, disappointed 3/5
I’m not particularly enchanted with Apple’s native podcast app so I decided to try Stitcher having heard it was far superior. I also wanted to check out a few Stitcher premium shows. I’m annoyed because apparently I can’t just pick up where I left off. I usually listen to podcasts before and after work and on breaks, so there will be a few hours in-between when I use the app. The play/pause button on the bottom goes away by the time I want to continue listening so I have to search for the episode all over again. It seems so fundamental to be able to easily go back to the latest played episode especially when I’m still in the middle of it.
Also, I stream just like with Apple’s podcaster, but this one quits on me way more easily if I lose service. It plays that creepy sound over and over (the sound of a finished record on a record player I think). Both the lack of functionality to keep streaming and the use of that sound effect are annoying. I’ll finish out my free trial but I’m reluctantly going back to Apple!
Download Issues 2/5
I moved to stitcher a few months ago when my previous app was not downloading my podcasts in the background like it should. All in ask is that when I walk out the door after being on WiFi for the last 12 hours that my favorite podcasts have been downloaded.
Stitcher did this for a while but I've had nothing but problems the last couple weeks. It will say it's downloading 1 of 2, then 2 of 2, but when it's done nothing has actual downloaded. When I try to get it to did download manually, that doesn't work either.
I also get frustrated that it deletes the last episode- even if it's unplayed - when it downloads a new one so I'm constantly re-downloading something that should never have been removed. And if this is a space saving feature, maybe a better option would be to download played episode, which can linger for a long time. Even when I'm getting space warnings, I have to manually remove those played episodes because stitcher isn't smart enough to do it
For an app people can actually subscribe and pay for, I expected better. Why is it so hard to find a podcast app that will consistently download my new episodes when they're posted - without my promoting- and remove them when I've played them? I'm not asking for the moon here!
pretty good but it could be pretty great 2/5
So far i have liked everything about this app except that i can't control it from my iphone's lock screen, additionally hitting the button on my headphones that typically would pause any audio coming thru does not work with this app. i don't know how this app can't use these basic phone function. if they would fix that i would gladly rate 5 stars
Stitcher? More like Glitcher. 2/5
If you lose network connectivity at any point, the app goes haywire. Usually a close and restart fixes it, but seriously? App does a bad job of dealing with connectivity gaps and episode resumes afterwards. Or loading enough of a cache that the episode won’t crash when you go underground in a subway or takeoff in a plane. Interface is fine, but app infuriates when you press “play” after a loss of service and nothing happens.
Constant crashes made me leave 1/5
After the latest update the app keeps crashing, especially when editing the playlist. Plus the desktop player won’t let me sign in without letting it post to my Facebook feed. After years of enjoyable use I regretfully have to switch to something more reliable.
Doesn't Work On A Basic Level 1/5
I favorited a podcast then was unable to unfavorite it. The app will show I've unfavorited it but the second i refresh it's favorited again. Doesn't show what I'm downloading, it'll tell me something is downloading but when i check all my downloads are from 2017. Sometimes it won't even play the podcast i have managed to download. This is just a few issues among the cavalcade in this app.
How Do I Use a Code? 3/5
So I downloaded the Stitcher app because they have the earliest episodes of one podcast that I want to hear. I have a code to get Stitcher Premium for a month for free, but I can’t find where to use it. Hoping for a developer response to advise me on this... would like to be able to use the code to try the free month before deciding whether or not to subscribe. Thanks!
Best App for podcasts 5/5
Great interface to organize my favorite shows. Background downloads, saves for offline listening. Perfect.
I pay for the content but Stitcher is basically the Zune of apps 1/5
Do I love Earwolf’s original podcasts? Yes. Do I love my podcast app crashing on me every few seconds? No. My preferred settings never stay the same they always restore to default setting every few days, my downloads get deleted constantly, I select that I only want to download on Wi-Fi, but it ends up using up all my data anyways. I have installed and reinstalled, tried turning it on and turning it off again, and logged in and out like the mind customer service representatives suggested. But this is not something they can help. The organization in the structure of the app and podcasts change from podcast to podcast. So basically one podcast can be organized from newest to oldest, but the next will be the opposite, the next will be organized in numerical order, and then the reverse of that like
a countdown for some reason? Another podcast can be organized by episode title alone, and some seem to have no organizational pattern at all. These issues matter in many podcasts, even if they didn’t what if you wanted to listen to them in the way that they aired? Why do some podcasts have seasons and others are an infinitely long list that you have to scroll down to the bottom of if you want to listen to them in order. When it comes to podcasts that have to be listened to in order and have 300 episodes, this is very unnecessary and frustrating. But then podcasts with 25 episodes are broken up into 5 episode seasons even when their continuity doesn’t really matter? This makes no sense. Frequently my other podcast apps have episodes that don’t appear to upload on Stitcher at all and Stitcher is the only one that I’m even paying for. I’ve contacted customer service plenty of times and while they were very polite and tried to help, none of the troubleshooting efforts ever work. Because it is the app that is the problem. It needs to be completely revamped. The end result leaves me paying for a podcast app simply in the hopes that I may be able to listen to the original content that I am attempting to pay for when I want to listen to it and that is not always the case. More often than not I get frustrated with trying and give up. It frequently downloads podcasts to my phone that I don’t even want, no matter what I do, what settings I change or how I use the favorites or saved episodes features, which in and off themselves are very useless and confusing. The only options to download new episodes are to download them all or deselect the feature which deletes them all. Which feels like this weird thinly veiled threat? Like either you download every new episode to keep our numbers up for ads and sponsorships or we delete everything you want to listen to. This whole part of the process is very manipulative and odd. So I either download it all or nothing? Or sift through a list of 500 episodes every day to
find the ones I want and still have to get stuck downloading ones from years later I am nowhere close to being on. It seems as if the developers of this app are not quite sure how to do what they are doing. It is imperative that professionals be employed, because there are simple issues fundamentally wrong with this app that could easily be changed. When I as a user with little to no knowledge of programming could fix an app overnight you know you have a problem. I will continue to pay for Stitcher to have access to Hollywood Handbook, Off Book: TIMP, Wild Horses, Raised By TV, Threedom and many other Earwolf and Stitcher originals. And I am grateful when I am actually able to listen, and when I can’t I just look at the money being taken away from me in my bank account and write long letters to whomstever will listen about my distaste for this app. I’m gonna keeping using it, so take my money but you get 1 star and that’s for access the content (sometimes) not the actual app itself.
Decent app run by crappy company 1/5
I used Stitcher to listen to Judge John Hodgman, and Jordan Jessie Go! Unfortunately, I learned that they put these podcasts on the app against the express wishes of the creators and of the network of podcasts they belong to (Maximum Fun). It's a decent app, but incredibly underhanded to generate ad revenue from stolen content. I'm moving to Overcast.
STOP CHARGING ME 1/5
I canceled this service in January 2018 and have still been charged for the past FIVE months. There’s no way to verbally talk with someone I’ve submitted multiple emails with no response. I have no clue how to cancel
Used to be good 1/5
Stitcher offers many advantages over apples included podcast app. Streaming, interface advantages, sleep timers,… All of the good enough to withstand listening to a couple of ads in exchange for better service. But now I constantly get timed out downloads and I am forced to relisten ads that I’ve already her three times while the podcast stops playing. They also seem to be a lot more interested in selling me premium content than running a good app. Onto the next one....
Live streaming radio is gone 1/5
And the selection that shows in the favorites list doesn’t say what episode going to be up next. I’m a long time listener, but no more.
Getting a lot better 4/5
By i miss howl
I’ve had a problems with this app with UI and bugs, but it’s gradually improved with each update to where it’s much more stable and easy to use than a few months ago. It’s still not my favorite podcast app to use (good content though) but I’m glad they’ve been listening and fixing issues
Love the content...hate the interface and player. 3/5
I got Stitcher, and went Premium, so I could get the entire back catalog of “How Did this Get Made”. If I had known how terrible the player and streaming engine is I never would have signed up. I listen on a very fast WiFi connection with great cellular data backup. I can’t Get through an episode of anything without it hesitating, stopping, repeating and ultimately bombing out of the episode. It disappears from my playlist and I have to go track it down if I want to hear more. I try to download...even when an episode shows as downloaded, it still will bomb out. Frustrating and maddening. If I find the same content on my iOS podcast app, I will stream with commercials to avoid the frustration of using this player. And, on the same WiFi connection my iOS podcasts playback beautifully without a stop or a drop. The issues are entirely with the shortcomings of this player/streamer.
I love listening!!! 5/5
I haven’t really listened to many podcasts I am a virgin podcast listener as one might say. So I really don’t have much to compare this app to but I really enjoy hearing from the people involved in these cases it is not easy to stop once you have started listening!! A friend recommended the app and now we can discuss some of the cases together. I enjoy the app! Keep up the good work! Thanks!
Great content, horrible interface 1/5
Writing this as I am waiting for the app to buffer. I have nothing but problems, often having to shut down the app multiple times before it makes a connection. When I try to play a podcast, I’m often met with a buzzing sound, almost sounds like an old tv turning off. The interface is difficult to use, the search engine is not efficient. Apps like Spotify and the old howl app are significantly more user friendly. I keep my subscription because of the amount of great content, *shoutout Guys We F#%*ed* but if it doesn’t get better soon I don’t know how much longer I’ll continue paying.
Stick with it! 5/5
By GiGi Liz U
Have had this app since....2012? It can be confusing at times but stick with it. It’s great! My only request is for you to bring the titles of the shows back, not just the name of the episode and when it downloaded! I appreciate the streamlining efforts but when you’re driving (i know I know) it’s not enough to just have a little picture/icon in the left corner to show you what the show is. Also this version is really crash-y. But hey. I love ya. I’m here for ya and all of your improvements and I respect you doing new stuff and constantly trying to make it better for us. Don’t let all these Bitter Betties with their one stars get to ya.
where’s all the pods?! 1/5
every podcast i looked up had 1-10 shows only, with a loading error message at the bottom. not sure if this is an upgrade ploy or just bad software. i uninstalled within 5 minutes, not worth it.
5/26/18 Update May be last straw 2/5
By Grundle the Mundle
EDIT: Thank you for reacting so quickly to this issue. I realize that you are doing your best to provide an awesome product, and I appreciate that.
No longer plays my paid subscription podcasts 2/5
This used to be my favorite podcast player and I have logged 5600 hours in it. When downloading episodes was added that made it the only player I used. Since then, the updates have made it more difficult to use. And in January, 2018, my paid subscription to Fox News MegaCast podcast stopped updating and disappeared from the Stitcher search engine.
Since then I have asked tech support and Help-Contact Us for help in getting this podcast back. I have been told 1 - the podcast no longer exists, 2 - I should be able to access it, 3 - they will help me restore it, and 4 - the publisher has removed it from Stitcher. Every one of these has been proven to be false.
Why not just tell me the truth about why this and other paid podcasts have disappeared from the search engine. It really seems that the customer service and tech support people don’t know as much as they should about this app.
Workable, but just that. 3/5
By Rhoads W
I love filling my work days with listening to podcasts, so any app that allows me to access my favorites easily is one I’m willing to check out. Stitcher is a bit of a disappointment to me, as I had heard a lot of good things, but each time I open it I experience bugs. My front page is a blank white screen, no matter if I’m securely connected to WiFi or cellular data - it just never loads. If I pause the podcast I’m listening to, I have a 50/50 shot that it will start again when I’m ready for it to. These bugs aren’t necessarily detrimental, but they are annoying. I haven’t stopped using it yet, but I will when I find something better.
The worst 1/5
Interface is terrible, app crashes often and it’s interminably slllooowwww. Don’t bother with Stitcher.
Wish I could un-update 1/5
By lrbh midwest
This used to be one of my favorite apps to the degree it was in the pole-position spot nearest to the home button on my iPhone. The new version forces the interface to be square logos instead of the vertical list of podcasts within my playlist groups. This past version list included visible way to quickly see what I had listened to with a glimpse of title.
2 days ago I updated and I am regret this app update so much I am writing a review and searching for other podcast listening options.
The ads killed it for me 2/5
I was a Stitcher user for six years, and I finally quit after I got tired of the ads. It’s a pity, because I preferred the interface to Apple’s app, but the frequent (and repetitive) ads on top of the ads that I already have to listen to in the podcasts themselves were ultimately too off-putting.
Wheres the episode I’m currently playing? 2/5
Awesome content, wish it wasn’t hell getting to the point of listening to it.
I’m glad the FB login prompts have been fixed.
Why earwolf studios would switch by far the worst podcast app I’ve ever used is beyond me... the howl app was terrible, but stitcher is worse. It’s too bad there isn’t a coherent and functional way for me to get access to all comedy bang bang episodes.
Really should be so easy and straight forward to use.... they should be terribly ashamed to have, what should be such coding, be so hard to use
Non-intuitive interface 2/5
I’ve used several podcasting apps over the years. I was tempted to try Stitcher for the premium content.
Too many touches to do things. Listening to content isn’t intuitive or simple. Marking items played/not played was a chore. Deleting items from any screen other than the downloads screen is laborious.
Great content, and available on multi-platforms which I require. I wanted to like the app as much as the content, but couldn’t. I’ve got no issues paying for content or an app. Ads I understand as well.
TL:DR great content, app needs UX love
Stop with requiring Facebook logins 1/5
I have 3887 hrs of listening clocked on Stitcher and at no point did I ever use a Facebook login to access my account. Now I get incessant login errors and requests. As if I want Facebook to know and leak even more information about my life than it already does. I have roughly a hundred podcasts that I’m subscribed to on stitcher but I can move them and then I will have the added bonus of not having to listen to the between episode ads.
BEST PODCAST APP BY FAR 5/5
I’ve tried a lot of pod apps & none of them come close to Stitcher. Well done!
Good but buggy 3/5
I love that I can sort my podcast into business, crime, funny, etc.
I recently had to delete and redone load because it would error out and make me sign in with Facebook then sign me out again. Also I will set it up to listen while I drive and if I get a text or the maps gives a direction it will stop. Never had his problem before.
I love you it please fix these problems.
Great until recently 5/5
I have been using Stitcher for years. It’s one of my most commonly used apps.
Evidently I accidentally change the speed, but the developer responded below so I am editing my rating and comments.
Last update broke it...☹️ 4/5
I’ve been patiently waiting for an update because they seem so frequent, but it’s been days since the last update that broke the app and still no fix. I’ve got an iPhone 7Plus and every time I try to open the app, it says I need to log in through Facebook and as I click through the pop ups it will crash...hoping for an update before I switch. Happy user since 2010
Adequate at best 2/5
They are sloooowly making the UI/UX better but it still needs LOTS of improvement in those areas and also has one persistently annoying bug:
the app logs me out and briefly forgets I have a subscription every time it automatically renews. So once a month I have to log back in and go to manage my subscriptions to confirm that I am still signed up for an ongoing premium membership. Kind of defeats the purpose of having auto-renewal if I still have to manually remind it at the end of each pay period.
Good bye 1/5
Switching to a new podcast service app. Keeps crashing wanting me to sign on through Facebook. I don’t mind and have tried multiple times, however it keeps crashing the app. Good bye stitcher.
Very visual interface 5/5
By Verhas von Doom
Much better that Apple’s native podcast app. Easy to see and search for what I want.
Needs speed up button 3/5
Pretty good but would be better if you could speed up the audio like 1.3x or 1.5x or 2x like other players.
New Update incredibly buggy 2/5
I’ve used stitcher for a few years a logged a few hundred hours, overall it was pretty solid. However lately there have been a ton of bugs.
After the newest update the app is constantly giving me an error regarding signing in through Facebook, which I do not do, and keep popping up on my screen.
Also new episodes have not been updating/downloading and I have to go looking for them in the app.
Really not the best podcast app right now, but with some more bug fixing could be great.
Hope you didn’t want to actually play a podcast. Downloaded an episode twice and tried to stream but it will not play. That ‘play’ button? Absolutely useless. I wish I could say this was an anomaly but it happens 90% of the time.
By sam schilling
Why they have the front page thing always open up is so annoying. Makes so many steps to playing a podcast.
UI is buggy and unintuitive 2/5
App will lose my place mid podcast, sometimes the lock screen buttons don’t work, can’t skip commercials in free podcasts..., side nav is slow to use, and whyyy do I want a woman saying “resuming episode” every time I hit play??
I like being able to group podcasts into categories, but there’s no easy way to switch from the episode I was listening to in my comedy list to the episode I was listening to in my history list.
Recommendations are pretty wack... “Because you like Threedom: Bible Study Ephesians 4” unless that’s some hilarious but inconvenient aukerman metadata trolling
Going back to Apple 1/5
By Jen 13244
I am on a road trip with spotty cell service so I downloaded a bunch of episodes so I would have them. When I went to listen to them, they were all gone. I thought I screwed up so I re-downloaded them and this time watched the download. Went to listen to the and poof they were gone yet again. Back to Apple Podcast. At least they don’t delete downloads that haven’t been listened too
Needs work 2/5
The app is unpleasant to navigate, not only is there a bizarre combination of swipes and clicks to get around but the buttons are just a shade different from the background and are too easily over looked. Not only do you have to work at finding the content you want, the mechanics of the app are equally frustrating. Often the podcast I’m listening to will suddenly stop and say it’s no longer available. Now this could be a third party issue (ie soundcloud) but the one that really bugs me is even tho I’ve set my playback preference to play oldest to newest it refuses to do so and will always play the next oldest. Why?!
Good 'tent, not great execution 2/5
Love it because it's the only way I know of to hear all Teacher's Lounge episodes.
However, you know how every podcast uses episode numbers? Not Stitcher! I have to Google the episode I want to listen to and find its release date and then go back to Stitcher. Also, you have to play an episode and then tap the info button if you want to see who is on the episode and it's not always listed. Howl did a better job with UI than Stitcher. I shouldn't have to open the iPhone podcast app to see who I'm listening to on Stitcher.
"We're normal now."
Why speed up the audio? 5/5
I was dedicated until you sped up the audio on my favorite podcasts to the point of destruction. I was forced to go to ITunes for my news.
They answered me and they were right. All is well and I'm back with Stitcher. Thank you, developers.
By Erin Lisowski
- confusing interface with wayyyy too many options for how to access your podcasts and episodes
- too much unnecessary content being plugged; i just want to see what my favorites or new eps are, and can browse elsewhere if i choose
- bizarre that you can’t remove a download from an episode “currently playing” ... which means you literally have to start a new one to take this action
- most insanely, i can’t open the app if i have no service, even if i have previously downloaded episodes. which means i can’t use the app if i’m on the subway and hadn’t opened the app prior to going underground. seriously?
would absolutely never use this if the service didn’t have two podcasts i listen to that aren’t available elsewhere.
I just downloaded stitcher because some of the podcasts I like have older episodes on here. I have spent 2 days trying to listen to 1 episode. It stops playing about every minute. I haven’t made it more than maybe 2 minutes of continuous play. I should just hit play.... unless I’m doing something terribly wrong here. I’m disappointed and very frustrated.
Wow this app is rough 2/5
I switched to this app because I wanted the Earwolf content but compared to Instacast and Apple pod app this app is clunky and doesn’t make sense. The “play next” function really needs work. Please update the UI, the content is totally work paying for but the app is not great.
Good car mode 4/5
I listen almost exclusively in my car, and I like the car mode.
My recommendations to the developers:
* Do not let the device sleep while in car mode.
* Add a “Play Last” function, to go along with “Play Next”. This will make it easier to construct playlists.