Worst podcasting app I’ve ever used 1/5
It’s a shame this company is locking good content in this terrible to use app.
Crashing constantly 1/5
I love the interface but one of the reasons I listen to podcasts is so I can just put my phone away and not touch it while I’m going about my tasks - sadly, stitcher has been constantly crashing lately. It just stops playing the episode (I can’t find any correlation between other apps / a reason it might be getting interrupted.) - I guess I’m hunting for a new podcatcher, again.
Great app RUINED 1/5
I have 1,138hrs listened to on this app: it was beyond my favorite. Beyond that it crashes, skips, gets stuck repeating a few seconds of audio, doesn't resume where I left off, and plays ads at VERY high volume...the new interface is horrible. All good things come to an end, but I will mourn Stitcher. RIP, old friend.
Just does not have good interface/functionality 2/5
I only reason I ever use this cause it’s the only way to access a bunch of earwolf content. It lacks most of the features and usability I want in a podcast app...
Like, when I click on a show just take me to a complete feed with every episode listed in whatever order I want it sorted. Don’t take me to the newest episode first and make me press a second button to see more, and don’t divide the episodes up into submenus according to season or year. Those things could work as filters but the first thing I get should be a complete unfiltered list of every episode
And let me make playlists however I want. As in, I make a playlist and add whatever individual episodes to it I want. Maybe it’s ten episodes of a single show, maybe a mix, it’s up to me. I should ALSO be able to make a smart playlist that is the newest episodes of select shows but that should not be the default. Not everyone wants to treat podcasts like a tv or radio station. For some of us it’s more like binging shows on Netflix. Other people probably have different ways of listening.
Basically the current design is clunky and severely limits you to consuming podcasts a certain way. The best podcasting apps have streamlined interfaces and pretty granular customizability.
Unfortunately for me it seems like more and more shows I like are putting their back catalogs behind the paywall so I’ll keep periodically using the app for now but if it doesn’t drastically improve I’m going to have to cancel my premium subscription. It’s pointless having access to that content if I can’t listen to it the way I enjoy.
Frustrated with Upgrade 3/5
I have used the app since 2012. It's been my go-to since then, using it everyday. This latest update doesn't work. I started using it because it was one of the first apps to play podcasts back-to-back. After the latest update, the app often freezes between shows. Upgrades are supposed to improve the app. This one has me considering another app. I've given it a couple months and the problem persists.
Constant blinking 1/5
Update now causes blinking constantly on BMW X3's screen. Buffering refreshes constantly. No problems before. Others seem to have the same issue.
---still blinking after latest update for bug fixes. (March 2018)
One of the first things this app did was play out loud a recording introducing me to the app. My volume was all the way up. I was in a very quiet medical waiting room with a dozen or so people. It startled all of us. I’m worried how many times this might happen with the app and am afraid of keeping it.
Edit: Developers response to my initial complaint above doesn’t seem to address my core issue. I’m uncomfortable with the app because it auto-played something immediately after I opened it. That shouldn’t happen. I should have complete control over what plays when.
Many podcasts don’t load 1/5
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.
Terrible interface 1/5
Finally caved and switched over from howl since that app isn't being updated anymore. Instantly regretted it after seeing this clunky, horrible interface. In order for this app to be usable there needs to be several changes made. I don't listen to my podcasts in playlists (which this app seems to push heavily) just give me a feed that shows me what's new. There has to be navigation buttons added to the bottom of the screen to let me get around easier like in howl and apple podcasts. I shouldn't have to be hitting the back button five times to get back to where I started after looking through podcasts from categories. Seriously if you want to be the be all, end all podcast app, take a look at other apps and find out what they're doing that works. Howl and apple podcasts were far from perfect, but this is easily the worst podcast app I've used from a navigation standpoint (I haven't even had the chance to listen to anything yet because this thing gave me such a headache). It really bums me out that howl is dead and got merged into this. I'll probably just cancel my subscription and go back to apple until this gets sorted out. Because as of right now, this is absolutely not worth paying for.
I don't like to tap twice to save podcasts. 1/5
Tap on podcast; wait for detail; tap to save. Too cumbersome. Thank you.
Do not purchase premium under any circumstances 1/5
By Shim Sham Flim Flam
This app is horrible. I am a premium member and it is no longer letting me access the archives that I am paying for. You cannot contact stitcher directly. Instead you can send them a message and they will not respond to it. I will be complaining to apple that this app is fraudulent.
This app is garbage, and I’m comparing it to Howl. 1/5
By Gal in the hall
Absolutely garbage. You can’t see the names of the guests on a comedy bang bang episode. Timer doesn’t show how much time is left. Constantly crashes. Now I have to report a bug to support since when I scan through an episode, I’m not able to play it again. Trash.
The worst. 1/5
Honestly, I’ve barely ever taken the time to write reviews because I feel nobody looks at them. With that being said this app is absolute trash. I always get errors when looking up specific people or episodes. Some episodes don’t play and when I’ve tweeted to the company multiple times I never get a response. The ONLY reason I keep this service is for the “howl originals”.
Great podcasts/Bad App 2/5
By Thunder Abraham
Stitcher is constantly dealing with bugs and functionality. They are getting better but the only thing worth the app is if you pay for the premium content.
It’s getting a whole lot better, but there’s still some issues... 3/5
Much easier navigation, saving episodes and download management has improved, search function actually provides relevant results, and podcasts now have catalogues that can be browsed by year.
It’s so much better after the last couple updates.
All that having been said, this app skips. I’m not sure why or how it happens, but this app skips during any given episode of any given show. You’ll be listening to an ep, and suddenly you’ll hear the same words repeated, sometimes it’s at the very beginning -other times it’s midway through. Just irritating, as I can’t think of any other podcast app with this issue.
Great customer service 4/5
Thank you for updating app. It seemed to fix all the issues i had! Glad to be a customer again!
Does not work 50% of the time 1/5
I really thought this was going to be a great app. However, even with episodes that are downloaded, it will stay on “pause” indefinitely. It doesn’t give me any indication that it might be buffering or anything—just literally I will push play on a downloaded episode and it brings up the episode, pause symbol in the middle, and DOES NOTHING. It just sets there, on pause. I can overlook these issues a few times but it is happening far too much for a service I pay for.
Won’t load on CarPlay on my motorcycle
Pause Commercials 4/5
By ralph stedman
I’ve used this app since 2011 and I really have enjoyed it. The introduction of commercials after every pause is pretty frustrating though. I may switch platforms if it continues.
Needs another fix 3/5
The new fix is great with the saved list but it’s so annoying to download and save is there an easier way I am missing???
By Ben 1983 b
The number of times I have to reset the app because it won’t play is shockingly high. Premium subscriber...but for how much longer?
Unable to use and no support 1/5
First, the app stopped recognizing me as a Premium subscriber even though I’m on an automatically renewing monthly membership. I tried deleting the app from my phone, reinstalling, and logging in and now it won’t even let me log in! Sounds like other users are having the same problem and I’m surprised to see there’s been an update recently that didn’t include a fix for this. An issue that literally keeps users from logging in and accessing paid content! Getting help from “support” has also been an issue and I couldn’t even find a way to submit a support ticket on the web app.
Deleted my account 3/5
So I really loved using this app but they have issues with randomly shutting down or just not working or forgot all my favorites. I am going to continue to use it with the hope that updates will help. It’s good just not great.
This app constantly advertises shows that I have no interest in listening to on the “my front page” section and will not let me ban certain shows so they are always there hiding the few shows I actually want to listen to. If there was any other way to listen to Hollywood Handbook pro version I would unsubscribe in an instant. Avoid it
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!
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 :(
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