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Stitcher Radio Adds Personalized Recommendations for Listeners

Posted by Kevin Stout on June 25th, 2012
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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.

Show Your Love for Conan O'Brien with the New Team Coco App

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on March 1st, 2012

If your love of the String Dance, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and NBA Mascots Who Should Never Dunk knows no bounds then you'll be pleased to know that TBS has launched the brand new Team Coco app for the iPad. The app will feature full episodes of Conan, as well as bonus behind-the-scenes footage, video clips, and a full schedule of what guests will be appearing on upcoming episodes.

Perhaps the coolest feature of the Team Coco app is the inclusion of a sync feature which allows the app to function as a second screen for the show. While watching an episode fans can grab exclusive content and join the conversation surrounding the show in real-time. It's the perfect companion for those who can't get enough of the gangly redhead.

We'll be interested to see what other late night shows consider a similar app, or if this remains largely the domain of Conan. Such an app likely wouldn't work well for Leno or Letterman since they largely play to an older audience. Younger hosts like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon have a limited app presence, but nothing quite the scale of Team Coco. In any case, kudos to Conan for being the first out of the gate with this.

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