One of the original radio and podcast apps, Stitcher, has finally added offline listening. With the Stitcher update that was just released you can mark any of your custom stations to allow you to listen to them offline. A great way to ensure you do not go over on your cellphone data plan.
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Move over Downcast and Stitcher, there is a new podcasting sheriff in town! After years of being relegated to an option buried in iTunes, Apple decided to get off their laurels and release their first ever podcast focused application. Apple has never really be known for pushing the envelope, so it is no surprise that the rather obviously titled, Podcasts, attempts to take the existing iTunes podcast abilities and slightly enhance it.
The tool integrates several new features such as subscriptions with automatic downloads, syncing playlists across devices using iCloud, and more straightforward playback controls. However, it is worth noting that several other applications on the platform have had these features for several years. The biggest step forward is in the actual store for discovering new podcasts. This will be a big step forward that will hopefully result in an even deeper public acceptance of the medium. Apple may be quite a bit behind the podcasting curve, but at least they are making strides in the right direction.
So will you be abandoning your podcast app of choice in favor of Apple’s offering? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Stitcher Radio, the on-demand talk radio service, has just been updated with several new features. Back in April of last year, 148Apps’ Blake Grundman called Stitcher Radio “music to our ears” and stated that “Stitcher may be the cure for the common podcast.” Now the popular radio service will include some great new features including a personal recommendation service.
Users will create a Stitcher Smart Station to receive personalized recommendations out of the 10,000+ shows available on Stitcher. According to statistics taken from the app, average listeners discover five new shows within their first month of using the service. Stitcher Smart Station is an easy to use way to get recommendations for those new shows. The recommendations take into account the listeners’ history, favorite shows, and thumbs ups.
Other features included in the new update are lock screen album art (like the Music app, listeners will see the shows cover art on the lockscreen), a sleep timer, and the ability to share shows over Twitter easier.
Stitcher Radio is a free app. With these new updates, Stitcher may be the ultimate replacement to traditional car radio.
In what was another fantastic year in the world of iOS apps & games, we are here to bring you the fifty titles that we, the staff of 148Apps, thought were the best of the year. Here are the app titles 16 – 25 in our Best Apps of 2011:
iMovie- Video editing on the iPhone is revolutionary enough, but the extra screen space on the iPad makes this activity truly useful. Making movies is fun again, thanks in no small part to Apple’s attention to detail in this flagship app.
Released: 2010-06-24 :: Category: Photography
Facebook – The wait was long for the iPad version but between its iconic look and intuitive menus systems, the official Facebook Universal app renders the competition obsolete. It’s fantastic to have this in both flavors, for checking on the go or on the couch.
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Social Networking
FX Photo Studio HD – Offering a plethora (194 at last count) of different photo effects without forgetting the bare essentials like crop and rotate, FX Photo Studio is a one stop shop for everything anyone might need in a photo editing app.
Released: 2010-05-26 :: Category: Photography
Released: 2009-04-29 :: Category: Photography
Dolphin Browser – With gesture based controls and a speed dial system of visiting regularly used sites, Dolphin has made my browsing experience so much faster this year. Safari continues to dominate as the default browser, but Dolphin Browser does so much more so much better.
Released: 2011-08-30 :: Category: Productivity
Daedalus Touch – When we’re writing complex, thoughtful pieces of journalism, we like to be undistracted by the cruft of modern computing, like Facebook, or ads. Daedalus Touch makes this possible but doesn’t forget to include useful features like iCloud and Dropbox support.
Released: 2011-05-21 :: Category: Productivity
GroupMe – We use this app all the darn time to chat amongst ourselves, even when we have nothing much to say. For private team meetings, SMS integration, and just plain great usability, GroupMe is our go to app. It’s also accessible via the web, so no matter where we are, we can join in the conversation.
Released: 2010-09-25 :: Category: Social Networking
Stitcher – We love podcasts, and we love Universal apps. Stitcher has both! Using iTunes to download and listen to podcasts is so last year; Stitcher allows us to grab our favorites while on the go, and even provides curated lists for those of us craving that something new we haven’t heard before.
Free Time – What can we say? Time-management is very important to us and this app makes it much easier than it used to be. Instead of the standard question of “where do we need to be,” Free Time answers the much more subtle – yet equally important, “when do we not need to be anywhere?” This allows us to take that downtime when we can find it, or at least know we’re not double booking ourselves. What? Like you’ve never done that.
Released: 2011-05-27 :: Category: Productivity
Voice Actions – It’s not exactly something that we NEED to get through our day, but we’re still impressed by just how comprehensive this app is. It also allows us to satisfy our Siri envy until we all get a 4S phone to use. Use Voice Actions to call, text, search the internet, and even bring up favorite apps all with your voice, on any iOS device.
Released: 2011-06-08 :: Category: Business
7Notes Premium HD – Need a note taking app with just a bit more to it? 7Notes Premium is a fantastic blend of handwriting recognition, note taking facility, and Evernote compatibility that makes something greater than the sum of its parts. While we’d love a Universal app, there is a version for both the iPad and the smaller devices, so most folks can use this one.
Released: 2011-08-23 :: Category: Productivity
Stitcher has been a fixture in the podcasting space for quite some time, but to put it quite bluntly, their iPad app had been leaving users with something to be desired. Essentially the app was just a blown up version of the iPhone software, doing absolutely nothing to take advantage of the extra real estate that the tablet format allowed.
Luckily, this is now a thing of the past, as the company has announced that there is a new universal extension to the Stitcher tool, that is custom re-built and re-designed from the ground up, to cater to their ever growing iPad consumer base. Here are some of the new features that just debuted:
- What’s Hot: Listeners can follow the shows that are trending on Stitcher at any moment.
- Featured/New Shows: Listeners can discover shows related to current interests or popular culture events.
- Featured Lists: Listeners can see what celebrities – as well as the Stitcher community — are listening to with the new “What’s on your Stitcher?” featured playlist.
On top of all of these outstanding improvements, the homepage of the app itself has been re-engineered into a radio news-magazine of sorts, meant to deliver breaking new content that is bound to interest listeners. Don’t expect to be bombarded with just news, though, because the content suggested will be based off of your previous preferences and subscribed podcasts.
As always, the app will remain free, while bringing you some of the best audio content that the internet has to offer. I would highly recommend giving this a download, and seeing if it helps to expand your podcasting horizons. After all, there is no such thing as too much of a good thing, right? Be sure to give it a try and let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below. Happy listening!