Stitcher Radio is an extremely useful free app for anyone who want to keep current on news and events. Voted one of the top 5 news apps by Apple in 2011, Stitcher turns your iPhone or iPad into a custom radio station by streaming your personalized selection of podcasts, live broadcasts, and on-demand content from more than 5000 sources — including many of the top programs from NPR, BBC, CNN, Fox and others. It’s a handy tool to have to access to, especially if you frequently travel where there is no direct Internet connection or traditional radio available.
One of the great things about Stitcher Radio is that it’s really free — not masquerading as free with subscription fees lurking in the fine print. Simply install the app and after a short registration (using your email or Facebook Connect) to start listening. Not sure where to tune in first? Pick a few topics and Stitcher will suggest programs you might be interested in.
As you listen, use the app to tag newsy tidbits that catch your attention with a familiar “thumbs up.” Stitcher will use the input to make new recommendations based on your personal interests. Similarly, a single tap will favorite the program and add it to your custom station line-up. Whether it’s a single episode or an entire program, you can share your favorites with friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.
Stitcher excels as a discovery engine. In addition to sharing within your personal network, browse tabs for shows that “listeners also liked” or check out recent episodes from the same channel. Furthermore, the app has an intuitive interface that encourages exploration with news channels and broadcast feeds categorized by on-demand or live channels as well as topic.
If you’re looking for something new, you can go “old school” with a standard search bar or tap on Stitcher’s “Front Page.” This section offers a look at the day’s headlines, currently trending shows, and a selection of new programs being featured by Stitcher.
Stitcher Radio not only helps you take advantage of all the information resources that are out there, it helps you to do so in a way that is easy, fluid, and with you wherever you go. For those of us who don’t work at a desk but still want to keep up with radio programs and podcasts without downloading tons of content to our mobile device, Stitcher Radio can be a great resource.