Stitcher Radio

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Stitcher
Founded 2008 (2008)
Founders Noah Shanok, Peter deVroede
Employees 17
Footnotes / references
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Screenshot of the Stitcher Radio native app beta

Stitcher is an on-demand internet radio service that focuses on news and information radio and podcasts. It provides free online streaming through the website and also using native mobile applications such as the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Palm webOS. The company was founded in 2008 and is privately held and venture backed.[2]

Stitcher aggregates content from thousands of content providers and organizes the content into "stations" that listeners can browse and listen to. Audio content is delivered from large media providers such as NPR, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, AP, TechCrunch and thousands of smaller providers.[3] Content is kept continually up to date via Stitcher's proprietary back-end application, allowing listeners to have access to fresh content while on the go without having to sync their mobile device. However, this access may require costly usage of mobile data in contrast to true podcasts which can be synced through WiFi Internet access and listened to "on the go."

Usage and features[edit]

Stitcher streams podcasts to the listener's phone on-demand, rather than requiring the media be downloaded to the device. Stitcher 3.0 for the iPhone (released in December 2009) introduced live streaming to the app, which allowed users to select on-demand shows and live streamed talk-radio programming.

A user can add shows to their favorites station using the “Add to Favorites” button. iPhone users can choose to receive SMS updates when their favorite shows are updated. When new content becomes available, Stitcher will send an email message to a user alerting them that the show was updated along with a direct-play link.[4]

Stitcher offers an Editor's Picks station that provides listeners access to the content editor’s favorite shows.[5]

Stitcher offers stations targeted to specific local audiences.[6]

Customization[edit]

The application provides personalization via a "favoriting" scheme, where listeners can favorite content they like; Stitcher then aggregates this content in the listener's favorite station.[7] Stitcher also uses a proprietary customization algorithm to order stations according to a user's listening habits.

The personalization algorithm influences which audio shows are recommended to the user. It draws on data such as listening patterns to personalize the content of each station according to the listener's interests and gains more knowledge about the listener over time. Listeners can also "stitch" together a personalized list of their favorite shows.

The service has been compared to Pandora. In 2008, a CNET reporter wrote that Stitcher "is to news and information what Pandora is to music."[8][9]

Stitcher and internet radio in cars[edit]

Screenshot of Stitcher Radio on the computer

At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally announced a partnership between Ford, Stitcher, Pandora and a Twitter client called OpenBeak[10] that would bring internet radio into Ford vehicles.

Following this announcement, General Motors has also announced partnerships with Stitcher and Pandora.[11]

Platform support[edit]

Stitcher is currently available on the iPhone, iPad, Android, and WebOS devices.[12] In addition to mobile clients, Stitcher is also available on the Sonos platform.

Stitcher was first introduced to Apple App Store in August 2008, as Stitcher made the native app available in private beta to 100 testers.[13] The native app provided the same interface as the web application along with features such as automatic updates and "interrupt handling" during phone calls.

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