By Rich B-T
I was a previous subscriber several years ago and then decided to become a premium subscriber again. Unfortunately, stitcher has decided to insert advertisements in the middle of podcasts and then claim that they will do an investigation and take your $35 as a premium subscriber. So much for a “premium” subscription. I’m still trying to get my money back but honestly I would run as far away from this app as possible. I began using the overcast app and I would recommend this to other listeners.
Not my choice 2/5
I only use this app because my car has built in support for it and no CarPlay (thanks MINI). It works ok once loaded in my car but the IOS interface is horrid. Stitcher seems more focused on switching me to the paid version and forcing their selections than it is on making my favorites easy to find and update.
DuckTape Marketing 1/5
By Cheryl's iPhone 6 Plus
Why is this show playing when I launch? I don’t subscribe to it. Can’t seem to get rid of it. I would enjoying hearing my selection upon launch under favorites. Please fix this problem. I don’t want to hear this podcast. I was a former premium member and gave up on the brokenness of this app free or paid. I’m at the point of deleting it. Someone need to pay attention to the complaints and fix the app. That is if you want premium customers.
Good content, terrible app 2/5
I am trying Stitcher Plus for the content I can’t access other places. The content that is only available here is fantastic so for that reason alone - yes I may continue to use it. But the app is frustrating, buggy, and not intuitive.
I have used and liked numerous podcast apps. This is one of the worst ones I’ve used yet. Adding shows to lists is tedious and apparently impossible sometimes (I’ve been trying for days to add shows to a new list I created but they only go to the apps default “favorite“ list).
The home screen is just advertising and not what I expect from a paid app. They probably view it as showcasing great content but let’s be honest - it’s advertising, it’s ugly, hard to sort thru, and most importantly it adds more steps/clicks to the actual reason I have the app- listening to shows I want to listen to.
The good: exclusive content, cool feature of custom backwards & forwards times (ie default is rewind 15s, fast forward 30s).
The bads: ugh. The above and basically too many to list.
Also, none of the extension pieces work properly: control from Apple Watch & CarPlay are at best intermittent.
Fix the bug!!! 1/5
By Mark Bescher
This stupid app freezes then closes out EVERY time I open it. It’s also a horrible user interface. I’ve deleted and re-downloaded the app several times. Still crashes. Why did I pay for this service???
Ate up memory 1/5
I downloaded this app and had to remove it from my phone. It would not type the correct words and I couldn’t access other apps.
Not user friendly at all 1/5
This app is terrible. You can’t just pick a podcast you want and listen to episodes. It’s a confusing app. Why not just make this app easy to use?
I only have one problem 5/5
This is the perfect podcast app. It has eveyshow I could ever want and has a great interface and is so easy to use there is only one minor problem I have. When you select an individual episode and the menu comes up to download it the “download episode button” and “remove show from button” are right next to each other in a level of font that always leaves me deleting the show and having to find it in the search bar again. It is a mi or inconvenience but it is the only problem I’ve ever had.
The Walking Dead ROcks!!!! #1 5/5
I love the walking dead. I’m the only one in our home that does. The walking dead is like family to me? I am adding this; if I died will I be remembered? As a friend. Fan. Anything. I pray everyone stays in touch. One last thing, it would be an absolutely awesome amazingly blessing to win shout outs! Love y’all!!!!🤟🤟🤟💋💋💋💋💋💋
Hate this app 1/5
I don’t have the words to say how much I dislike this app. The UI is ridiculous, it starts podcasts that I don’t want, it freezes up, the controls are non-sensical, downloading is clumsy.
App glitch 3/5
By Lani Estrella
Trying to view and listen to my shows in custom order, but when I go to sort, and then custom, it sets itself as if I set it in alphabetical order. Please fix! It’s kind of if annoying!
Terrible: no control at all 1/5
This is the worst podcast app I've ever used. No way to customize which podcasts download automatically. No way to skip intros. Unintuitive interface. No dark mode. Why would I ever pay money to use this abomination.
Lots of bugs and zero support 1/5
Out of the 20 biggest bugs in this app, the #1 biggest bug is that it never gives you iOS notifications of new podcast episodes, even if you turned on both Stitcher’s notifications and iOS notifications. But what makes things worse is that this company has unresponsive support. We emailed the Stitcher people multiple times about this issue, and nobody ever got back to us even once. This is just a bad app with bad support.
Not well designed 2/5
I switched fromOvercast (a superior app) solely because Stitcher works with Alexa. I find Stitcher confusing to use, and dangerous in CarPlay mode. Some big issues: In CarPlay the playlist is only of episodes, not shows. There is also no way to set the maximum number of subscribed episodes that will be downloaded and no way to provide for player episodes to be deleted automatically.
Comedy Bang Bang gets my $ but this app is garbage 3/5
I’ve been subscribing to this app for months purely so that I have access to the full catalog of comedy bang bang.
But this app constantly just doesn’t load my playlist so sometimes I go three or four days without seeing new episodes updated... I try restarting or refreshing and none of it works. I have to manually hunt down episodes and then in a few days a flood will go into my feed.
If there is exclusive content you want, it might be worth a couple bucks but as a media player it’s garbage.
So many bugs 1/5
I’ve been using Stitcher Premium for about a year now. What got me to sign up was some exclusive content, but the quality of the content does not make up for the poor quality of the app.
What really grinds my gears about this app is how poorly it was developed, especially for a paid membership. Some common problems I have are:
- The home page doesn’t consistently update with new episodes of podcasts I’m subscribed to.
- Sometimes episodes will simply refuse to load or play, even if they are marked as being downloaded.
- Issues deleting podcasts from my subscriptions. I will uncheck the box to stop following, but when I refresh the page I’m still subscribed, and episodes still keep appearing on my homepage.
For a premium paid application, the service is not worth the money, especially when there are plenty of free podcast apps that work much better. I honesty can’t wait to use Apple Podcasts again once my subscription is expired.
Create Account? 1/5
Requires you to create an account just to try it out. DUMB concept.
Did not even open 1/5
By A kickstarter backer
Downloaded it and could not connect to server. Tried several times.
Disappointing considering I’m paying for content 2/5
By Randomness night
Frequently force closes. Suggestions for new podcasts seem utterly arbitrary and unrelated to favorited and frequented podcasts. Also, doesn’t automatically download “saved” episodes when connected to WiFi despite the fact that it is set to do so, leaving me all too often high and dry with nothing saved to my device for trips away from WiFi. Ironically also saves episodes without being prompted first to do so.
Good and BAD. 2/5
By Wesley Dumont
So. It’s good because it’s better interface than apple’s app. But freezes (might be only app I use that does). Grays-out too. And when will SOMEONE make a podcast app that defaults to play the next episode?!??!
Functional and easy to use 5/5
I love this app! It’s well organized and you can search within a show for a specific episode. That feature isn’t in other podcast apps! It’s easy to turn off things like automatic downloads and organize playlists. It easily remembers where you were at in an episode and functions well. Way better than apple podcast app.
DO NOT UPDATE 5/5
1/20/19 - awful update. PLEASE LET ME REVERT BACK! It doesnt Show you Which shows you’ve already listened to. Even if you’ve already listened the show appears in bold just like the new eps. Awkward interface.
4years ago - “I’ve tried a lot of pod apps & none of them come close to Stitcher. Well done!
Pretty Terrible 1/5
The only reason I use it is for Earwolf premium content and I can’t get it to work on the native Apple podcast app.
Here are the main issues I have:
1. Interface isn’t all that intuitive and very clunky to get around. Trying to play a podcast takes too many touches, which makes it distracting while driving.
2. Even though I have podcasts selected as favorites, they never download. I have to stream them all the time which causes problems if the connectivity isn’t there.
3. When it’s plugged into my car via USB, it pauses itself all the time. It doesn’t do this on Bluetooth.
4. It always shows one podcast downloading, but it won’t tell me what it is.
5. Hard to search for new podcasts to listen to. If you want to search for a new comedy podcast, good luck.
The good news is that it plays podcasts, and isn’t horrible once you get used to the quirks.
Slow to respond 1/5
I’ve been a dedicated user since 2012 and have logged an enormous number of hours, but this latest update is extremely frustrating. I suspect it has something to do with the integration with waze, which I’d prefer not to have.
To pause a currently playing episode I have to push the buttons so many times it’s faster to pull out earbuds. Hitting play is just as slow, but no easy work around. Then while I am listening, the app screen will go black and I’ll have to reload the app to fix it. Grrr.
These are the most basic expectations of a podcast experience-play/pause and the app itself—and it’s flubbing up.
Battery Drain? 3/5
I’ve been a longtime devotee of this app over others for podcasts. Sadly, it seems to be draining my battery far more than usual recently. If this continues I’ll need to choose another app unfortunately. Any fix would be welcome!
Can't do the basics. Horrible to use when driving / riding. 1/5
By Nite the Knight
Can't keep track of where I am in a podcast and allow me to listen to episodes in order. I have to *search* for #11 when I finish #10. Miserable experience if you want to listen from the beginning of a podcast with 100s of episodes.
Add to that buggy ads and freezing app make you accidentally start podcasts with no interest to you, and there's no way to get back to where you were. Not if you're driving on the freeway and like to avoid accidents.
Drains My Battery Big Time 1/5
Not sure what happened but the last few days this app has been wiping out my battery. Out it goes!
good podcasts, horrible player 2/5
Stitcher Premium has tremendous content, but this app freezes constantly, doesn’t load podcasts, crashes, and when i start it for the first time each day i have to kill it and restart it multiple times to get it to work. incredibly irritating to use.
Allow me to turn off “resuming episode” voice 1/5
I have many issues with this very cumbersome app. But the most pointless and easiest to fix is the “resuming episode” voice when I resume an episode. Why is it there? Of course I’m resuming an episode. I need no voice, chimes, or other indication that I’m resuming an episode other than the fact that I hit the play button on an episode that I was in the middle of. If I’m set to auto-play in my car, then I also know what’s happening without a voice or indication.
Also, there are dozens of unintuitive and/or clunky UI elements for sorting, playing, downloading, searching, clearing downloads, creating and organize playlists, etc that I don’t need to mention because others have already posted about them and I’m being held captive by the content I paid for to use this app. So, I guess I have to live with it.
But again I beg you, please remove the resuming episode voice to win back a little goodwill. Thanks.
Updated to useless 1/5
I’ve used the app for years but after the last few updates find it too difficult to use quickly and conveniently. I’m done with it now.
Where are my podcasts 1/5
Literally all I want are the most recent episodes of the podcasts I subscribe to. This app gives you everything but, and randomly plays podcasts that you’re not even subscribed to when one of yours finishes. I would love to use this as my primary app since I’m already paying for it, but the interface is so obtuse that I only use it for the premium podcasts I can only get on stitcher. Bad app - get it together!
Losing me :( 1/5
Long time user, over 8000 hours. But the UI updates that are messing with my ability to just get to the favorites I love and the overwhelming amount of ads; pre show, post show, between pauses is the WORST. These combined with the inability to add RSS feeds for my subscription shows, awful search functionality and not adding new podcasts is making me look more to my other podcast apps. Hope these issues can get resolved otherwise Laughable will be my new go-to for podcasts.
can’t dismiss recommendations. messy and disorganized interface 1/5
no actually, i do not want to listen to something called “are some fruits more fattening than others???!!?!” what is this, 1952? and i can’t hide or dismiss it. gross.
Shows by year 1/5
Where did the year filter go?
Too many issues 3/5
Can’t automatically download more than 1 most recent episode.
Can’t delete playlists.
Can’t export OPML.
The lady saying “Resuming episode” is unecessary.
You can find me on Overcast!
Horrible and clunky 1/5
The new update is horrible and clunk. It's much harder to use and with more steps/clicks than the old version. So this is progress? I used to love this app. Now I can't find podcast and there is no way to add other podcasts not on "their" list. Some podcasts have just disappeared without warning but I can still find them on other podcast players so the question becomes why use this one when other free ones are better? Why change things and not make things better for users? Are they actually asking users what they want and need? I have used this podcast player a lot through the years but am very disappointed in the lastest design and updates. Not user friendly at all and it still needs a lot of work. Not a fan of the squares design front page. I do hope they change that and give the list option again as option.
Good app, way too many ads 3/5
The app is good, I love having my podcasts synced across devices and the ability to make categories for the podcasts I like. It's a nice platform and I've stuck with it since 2012 because of that.
Beyond that the app is clunky and gets in the way with "recommended" as an opening screen. There are some bugs in playback but nothing that prevents me from using the app.
The big downside to this app is the ads. I've seen freemium kids games that have less ads. Full screen audio ads at the start and intermittently between episodes, banners at the bottom, and hey sometimes an ad when you open the app!! It's very quickly draining any loyalty I have for the app and they need to stop.
Works well sometimes 3/5
Have had this app for 4-5 years now and I initially loved it but recently I have noticed that the feed does not update automatically . And then when you force it to refresh it will not add any shows. When I open the apple podcast app I can see that there was a podcast put up 5 days ago. Real bummer but besides that and a few instances of it crashing it could be a much better app than apple podcasts.
I like it but... 3/5
I like the app for the most part, but would LOVE the option to view podcasts sorted by network. I’d also like to see ratings and reviews. For the premium, I don’t feel like I’m getting too much due to the fact that most podcasts have their own ads so it isn’t really an ad free experience.
Crashes 10x a day 1/5
Be careful with the new update it crashes on me frequently every day. 😑
CarPlay is fixed in the beta 5/5
I love this app, have been using it since 2010 and I promote it regularly to anyone I know that enjoys podcasts. I recently bought a new car that has CarPlay. I live in an area that has spotty internet coverage. When I was starting up CarPlay it stalled out. I posted this review, Stitcher’s reached out to me in a response, and I got a chance to try the new beta. So far I have not had issues! I’m back to being a lot less frustrated and loving everything about this app. If you like podcasts, then this app is for you.
Not Perfect but better then iTunes 5/5
I’ve been using this app for several years and recommend it often. It’s nice that there is finally a playlist feature. Only being able to arrange order of podcasts while connected is a setback too but otherwise very good.
Amicus podcast is broken only in my stitcher now since they accidentally added a logon requirement for it. No way to fix this it seems. But I still like the app.
Update become with unavailability 1/5
I try to update this since three days ago without success.
Badly for this company that release the update but not send correctly the update.
Freeze, crash, repeat 2/5
I used to love this app but in the last 3 months it has gotten so bad. It freezes repeatedly and I have to restart it. Or it hangs and then crashes. It's forced me to moving my subscriptions to Downcast, which is more stable and sends crash reports when it does crash.
Won’t Download or Update 1/5
Love this app & am a premium subscriber but unable to update or download the app on my iPhone XS Max.
Won’t update 1/5
Omg I’m done!!!.... I’ve used this app for all my true crime podcasts but no more!..... half on them will no longer download and the app will not update .... tired of wasting my time!
Won’t update. App won’t contact developer 1/5
Losing a longtime user 1/5
I’ve been using Stitcher since 2012 and am finally done. For about four months many of my podcasts aren’t updating or are totally missing from my favorites feed. It also crashes in the car or goes offline for no reason. I’ve contacted support via email and reached out on Twitter with no response. There’s too much competition from apps that actually work to put up with this anymore.
Can’t exit advertisements anymore 1/5
Press play, get pop up advertisement. Used to be able to tap the x in the top left and they’d go away. While the x is still there, when you tap it, now nothing happens. And to make matters worse sometimes the advertisement just persists and you can’t listen to your podcast. Frustrating. FYI on iPhone XR