|Founded||August 8, 2008|
|Founder||Noah Shanok, Peter deVroede|
Number of employees
|Parent||E.W. Scripps Company|
|Footnotes / references
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 via native mobile applications such as the Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, and Palm webOS. It has been described as "the most popular alternative to the default Apple podcast app" as of 2016.
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 AP, BBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, TechCrunch, and thousands of smaller providers. 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".
In October 2014, music streaming service Deezer announced that Stitcher Radio would be merging into Deezer, and that by 2015 users would be able to use Stitcher Radio features within Deezer. In June 2016, it changed ownership again, becoming a subsidiary of E.W. Scripps Company in the U.S., as part of Midroll Media. At that time, Stitcher was reported to have around a dozen employees. A representative of Midroll dismissed concerns that it would convert Stitcher into a walled garden ecosystem.
Usage and features
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 can also send an email message to a user alerting them that the show was updated, along with a direct-play link.
Stitcher offers an Editor's Picks station that provides listeners access to the content editor’s favorite shows.
Stitcher also offers stations targeted to specific local audiences.
The application provides personalization via a "favoriting" scheme, whereby listeners can "favorite" content they like; Stitcher then aggregates this content in the listener's favorite station. 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.
Stitcher and internet radio in cars
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 that would bring internet radio into Ford vehicles.
Stitcher was first introduced to Apple App Store in August 2008, as Stitcher made the native app available in private beta to 100 testers. The native app provided the same interface as the web application along with features such as automatic updates and "interrupt handling" during phone calls.
Stitcher has been criticized for some of its business practices. A technology podcaster pulled their show from Stitcher for two reasons. First of all, they make low-quality copies of the show's original sound files which makes for an inferior listening experience. Secondly, they display banner ads and insert audio ads into podcaster's shows while keeping most or all of the revenue.
- Internet radio
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Notes and references
- Stitcher Radio at CrunchBase
- Quah, Nicholas (2016-06-07). "Hot Pod: Is the Stitcher deal a step toward a closed podcast ecosystem?". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
- "Stitcher Launches Personalized Radio iPhone App In Private Beta - TechCrunch". TechCrunch. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
- "Benchmark backs Stitcher Radio for $6MM". TechCrunch. April 6, 2010.
- "Stitcher, Inc. Announces Partnerships with Leading Publishers and Content Providers: Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network, Fox News Radio, Air America Media, POLITICO, IGN.com, TechCrunch, Quick & Dirty Tips and AOL Weblogs including Engadget, Switched, The Unofficial Apple Weblog and Joystiq" (PDF). Stitcher.com Landing Page.
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- Kincaid, Jason (14 May 2008). "Stitcher Streams Customized Audio Feeds to Your iPhone". TechCrunch. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
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- "iPhone killer-app is letting users choose software". CIO Insight.
- "Stitcher Streams Customized Audio Feeds to Your iPhone". TechCrunch.
- "First Look at Stitcher". CNET. August 12, 2008.
- Constine, Josh (8 August 2012). "With Installs Up 400%, Stitcher Sounds Like The Pandora Of Talk Radio". TechCrunch. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
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- Kennedy, Michael (2016-07-05). "Stitcher and Talk Python Podcast: A Farewell Letter". Michael Kennedy on Technology. Retrieved 2016-12-20.